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The Molli and Arthur Wagner dance facility was built in January 1998 and is located just east of the Mandell Weiss Forum. The state-of the-art facility was designed by award winning and internationally recognized architect Antoine Predock. It has three naturally lit and temperature-controlled studios with superior acoustics. Spacious shower and locker rooms provide service to ongoing and overlapping classes.

The three dance studios are arranged along a curving path, defined by a curved wall and anchored to the west by a fourth box, which contains the locker rooms. The complex comprises approximately 14,000 feet. One of the studios, Dance Studio 3, can be transformed into a 120-seat black-box theater.

"It gives the students a chance -- an ongoing place -- to make and show their own work," said Jean Isaacs, a member of the UCSD dance faculty. "I hope the theater will also be a place for alumni and faculty to show work, too."

From Architecture, August 1998: "The Dance Studio serves its purpose well. 'The students just soared when they got in here, claims [Margaret] Marshall [founder of UCSD's dance program]. They use virtually every inch of the building, gathering along the curved wall to stretch and bend, wedging their legs into its slots. They dance in the small courtyard and run up the walls. They respond to the freedom of the loftlike spaces, their resilient sprung-rubber floors, flexible lighting grids, and natural ventilation."

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