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  • The North facade of the Ann Lacy Center for Dance & Entertainment
  • The Entrance to the School of Dance & Entertainment
  • Dancers practice in a bright room in the Lacy School
  • An indoor planter is filled with greenery inside the Lacy School
  • A classroom in the School of Dance
  • Students listen to an instructor in the Lacy Center's costume lab.
  • Brightly colored costumes hang on racks in the Lacy Center's costume lab.
  • A clean, well-lit locker room inside the Lacy School.

In 2004, a $3 million grant from the Inasmuch Foundation was combined with a $3.5 million contribution from university trustee and benefactor Ann Lacy and a $750,000 contribution from the Mabee Foundation to make new facilities possible. Renovation and construction of the Edith Kinney Gaylord Center, the new home of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment, was completed in the fall of 2007. The new facility for dance and arts management instruction was revalued at $28 million and was declared in the dance press as possibly the finest facility for dance in higher education in the world. The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment opened its new Edith Kinney Gaylord Center in August 2007. The new facility includes:

  • 8 Dance Studios
  • Permanent barres outside of studios for stretching
  • Locker Rooms with showers
  • Student lounges with televisions
  • Classrooms with flexible audio/visual technology
  • Atrium with natural light and indoor foliage
  • Wifi throughout the three story facility
"The Gaylord Center is the finest facility of its kind in the nation. It is only fitting that the students in Oklahoma City University's world-renowned Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment learn in such an environment.”

—Tom McDaniel, Oklahoma City University President 2001-2010

Take a virtual tour of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment!