Photo by Samuel Askins

At Trolley Square, you'll find plenty of quality shops, entertainment and restaurants—Whole Foods, American Apparel, Pottery Barn, and Prana Yoga to name a few. And for the past few weeks, Ballet West has made a home in Trolley's new studio space. 

The new owner of Trolley Square, Chris Matthews says, "We have rennovated former movie theaters into first class studios for Ballet West peformers. Our investment to rebuild this space will encourage a sense of community that we have always strived for."

Ballet West dancers will be using Trolley Square's studio as a temporary rehearsal space until October 2014 when their official building's construction will be complete. Ballet West Academy will stick around, as the school plans to utilize studios at Trolley Square permanently. 

"Not only does Ballet West bring 200 students a day to Trolley Square, but it brings those students' moms and dads," Matthews says. "This helps Trolley Square gain more support for its local stores."

The mall will also soon feature a seasonal ballet store, and soon there will be Nutcracker-themed decorations to promote Ballet West's upcoming performance. Matthews hopes to have some of the dancers perform this holiday season at Trolley Square, too. 

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