On July 30th of 2013, Blue Lapis Light lost use of its donated studio space and administrative offices, due to the sale of the land by the owner. In lieu of renting another studio space, which would have to be retrofitted at great expense to meet the needs of aerial dance, Blue Lapis Light searched for over a year for the ideal property to purchase.
After viewing over a hundred properties in the Austin area, the property at 10331 Old Manchaca Road emerged as a rare combination of accessibility, affordability, adaptability and serenity. With this property we will be able to holistically meet the needs of our students and community by providing an inclusive space, tailored for the highest quality of aerial instruction and offering a platform for our performers and students to share their talents. When our new home is up and running, we will be able to host more classes and student performances, as well as occasionally rent out the space to other local artists. All of which will increase Blue Lapis Light’s sustainability as a company.
BLL’s New Studio project encompasses the build out of a custom metal warehouse building with environmentally sound methods to create one of the premiere aerial dance centers in the country. One particularly unique and exciting feature will be ceiling rigging to support 9 aerial silks hung in a circular formation, allowing for a highly collaborative learning environment. As of October 2014, the outer structure of our studio is complete and we are seeking further support to finish out the interior.
Planning and oversight of this project is being undertaken by:
Founding Artistic Director Sally Jacques
BLL’s Board of Directors
Contractor Gregg Schnurr/ Schnurr, Inc.
Site Plan Engineers at Urban Design Group
Lead Rigger Barry Wilson
Associate Artistic Director Nicole Whiteside
BLL is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Checks can be sent to:
Blue Lapis Light
P.O. Box 1821
Austin, TX 78767