Dwana Smallwood, was once named “one of the greatest modern dancers” by Vogue Magazine. Dwana decided to open up a performing arts center in her home neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, following a 4 year role as Director for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls located in South Africa. Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center is a not-for-profit community fixture focused on teaching aspiring dancers while also serving as a community gathering space. EP Engineering partnered with Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture to provide full MEP engineering services for a gut renovation of Dwana’s new space at 2nd Floor at 857 Lexington Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. The renovation was approximately 3,700 square feet and the finished space consists of two large studio spaces that can be converted into a single performance space, lockers rooms, restrooms, staff lounge, offices and a receptions area.
857 Lexington Ave Brooklyn, NY 11221
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