New Collage Dance Collective getting a whole new building amidst the coronavirus

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — At the intersection of Sam Cooper and Tilman sits the New Collage Dance Collective building.

Although it is not finished, a good porting is complete.

It has five large studios with natural lighting, courtyards, a physical therapy suite, a boutique for healthy snacks, dressing rooms and a kitchen.

FOX13 spoke with the Artistic Director Kevin Thomas who said COVID-19 really stifled the non-profit.

Several shows were canceled and the conservatory classes went virtual, but the company managed to work through the challenges.

Thomas said this year has been a true testament of the hard work and dedication to expanding the black ballet company and conservatory.

Collage comes from humble beginnings as it started in the basement of a church with one child and now has grown to 500 students.