Brenau University’s dance studios are located at two sites:
Brenau University Fitness Center
721 Spring Street Gainesville, GA 30501
Brenau University East Campus
1001 Chestnut St. Gainesville, 30501
Map & Directions to East Campus
The Brenau University fitness center has 4 dance studios that are used for classes and rehearsals by the Brenau University Department of Dance and the Gainesville Ballet Company. The fitness center also has an athletic training room with an athletic trainer available to dance majors.
Learn more about the fitness center and its amenities here.
Brenau East houses two large studio spaces and a fully equipped Pilates studio for the Brenau University Department of Dance. The studios are 40’X60′ and 34’x60′, providing ample space for dance classes and rehearsals.
Dance majors at Brenau University have the opportunity to perform on stage several times throughout the academic year.
Performance venues used by the dance department include:
Brenau Downtown Center
The Brenau Downtown Center is an event facility operated by Brenau University and is perched on the edge of Gainesville’s bustling downtown square. The venue features Theatre on the Square, a 300-seat performing arts theatre, which completes the facility with its elegant setting for plays, pageants, and dance performances.
Opened in 2002, the Hosch Theatre is the largest performance space in the John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts. Named after its donor, Mary Helen Roop Hosch, the theater offers seating for an audience of approximately 350.
Learn more about the Burd Center here.
Pearce Auditorium is a 700-seat, 19th century opera house.
In addition to its wide usage by such local groups as The Arts Council, the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, the Gainesville Ballet, the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra and many Brenau University events, Pearce Auditorium had been the site of many famous speakers. Helen Keller, Will Durant, Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Dennis, Martin Luther King Sr., Letitia Baldridge, Robert Peters, Williams Warwick, Dan Rather, Jane Fonda, and Maria Von Trapp spoke or performed in Pearce.
The Arts Council has welcomed additional guests in recent years as part of its Pearce Series, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Joffery II Ballet, the Vienna Boys Choir, Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Mann, Chuck Mangione, Steve and Loretta Switt, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
The annual “Evening of Dance” student concert and Gainesville Ballet Company productions featuring Brenau University dancers frequently take place on this stage.