Benefactors give $80,000 to complete dance studio

John and Angie Moss stood in the sunsplashed dance studio overlooking 12th Street, and the mirrored west wall neatly reflected Grand Mesa visible through the glass on the east wall.

Craftsmen were still working to install the ballet barre that stretches along the east and north glass walls.

Completing funding for the third-floor dance studio might have been an issue, Mesa State College President Tim Foster said, were it not for a timely offer by the Mosses.

Foster, the Mosses and Lena Elliott, a Mesa State College trustee, were gathered in the room in recent weeks, trying to decide how to clear an $80,000 shortfall for the studio.

“We’ll just make it happen,” John Moss responded, Foster said Monday afternoon as he and Elliott toured the studio with the Mosses.

The studio tops the expansion of the Moss Performing Arts Center and, Moss said, brings all the performing arts together under one roof.

The dance program studio had been in Saunders Fieldhouse, while the set-design and construction areas and the costume shop were scattered elsewhere.

Now in one building, “It feels like they’re part of the college again,” John Moss said.

“They’re excited to be here,” Angie Moss said.

She was drawn to choir, dance and singing in her college days, she said, explaining the couple’s interest in the center.

The $3 milllion addition to the Moss Performing Arts Center added 12,000 square feet to the center, which already has become something of a landmark itself.

“It’s lit up and you can really see it” at night, Foster said of the dance studio.


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