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ARC (A Room to Create) Pasadena – New Home of the Pennington Dance Group

ARC Pasadena is located at 1158 E Colorado Blvd

Something very exciting has been developing on the fringe of the east end of Downtown Pasadena (east of Catalina to PCC along Colorado Blvd)–an area with a substantial stock of interesting buildings (some historic), but in much need of TLC from a pedestrian point-of-view (a lack of proper landscaping to start with). However, things are changing in the right direction as a new 4,900 square feet dance studio is preparing for its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for April 28.

The new dance studio, named ARC (A Room to Create) Pasadena, will be the new headquarters of the Pennington Dance Group (headed by award-winning choreographer John Pennington). Pennington has been a presence in the modern dance community for more than 20 years. After 14 years as a senior dancer of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, he founded the Pennington Dance Group in 2000. ARC Pasadena is the culmination of a decade-long vision of Pennington to expand the audience for dance and to serve the local dance community in Southern California through classes, showcases, demonstrations and lectures.

ARC Pasadena will add to the growing list of cultural establishments that call Pasadena home (i.e., A Noise Within theatre company recently announced their relocation from Glendale to Pasadena). In addition, I strongly encourage the City of Pasadena to contribute to the community by making the necessary improvements to the sidewalks and landscaping along Colorado Blvd. (between Catalina and PCC) that will eventually help connect PCC to Downtown Pasadena for pedestrians. When the street is improved, many more businesses will see it as a viable location to do business and that will benefit the residents that live nearby.

The original brick walls are left exposed in the dance studio

Architect Brenda Levin generously contributed her time toward the design for ARC Pasadena

ARC Pasadena combined two spaces (a mattress store and martial arts studio) into one. The mattress store sign will be replaced with the ARC Pasadena signage right before the grand opening