Rhythm & Motion dance studios used call their home here in San Francisco. I did work exchange here on and off, checking students into classes. I got my inspiration for starting Root Magazine from the mess of flyers all over the building, each colorful xerox competing with the next for attention. I bitched and moaned with the rest of the woman at the lack of changing rooms and old toilets. I got completely creeped out when venturing into the basement for some chairs and spotted the old dusty bar that seemed to be evidence of speakeasy days.
Before the studio moved into their new location in conjunction with the ODC Dance Theatre, this was a place many people considered home. The main dance studio, with its wooden vaulted ceiling and old stage had the space for upwards of 20 live musicians playing for a huge dance class. It had leftover room for those who snuck in as an impromtu audience. You can see the windows of the main studio ingulfed in flame in the picture above. Those windows would steam up like crazy and we'd crack them open breathing the cool air outside unless our teachers wanted them shut to keep extra warm!
The classes go on somewhere else in the city, but this building was a special place and it will be missed.