The bright and spacious Holmberg-Eichmann Dance Studio in F&M’s Roschel Performing Arts Center is one of two dance studios that occupy the former Fackenthal Pool building adjacent to Mayser Gym. Home to academic courses on performance and theory, the studio provides a space for students to explore movement and learn about dance as an expression of people, cultures and history.
A gift of Barbara Holmberg-Eichmann, a friend of the College, the studio is often occupied well into the evening as students and faculty members rehearse for performances throughout the semester. It is just a few steps from the entrance to Schnader Theatre—where members of the F&M Dance Company and the Department of Theatre, Dance & Film regularly perform their work, including the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts.
1. Students warm up for their first rehearsal of the semester on a late afternoon in January. They are preparing for a performance under the direction of dance major Alex Winer ’15.
2. Mirrors along each wall allow students to analyze their movement, while curtains give dancers the option to practice in greater solitude.
3. Stage lights and speakers hang from the ceiling.
4. Tall windows face west, allowing the afternoon sun to provide plenty of natural light.
5. The slanted ceiling is a reminder of the distinctive interior of Fackenthal Pool, which closed in 1995 and later underwent renovations to become the space for the studio.