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SPRING SERIES (BalletX): Ten Years On

BalletX has been around for ten years and they have much to celebrate.

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TABLAO PHILLY (Pasión y Arte): Andalusia in Philadelphia

Flamenco tablaos, which gained popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries, can be compared to today’s jazz clubs or poetry cafes.

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BELLOWS FALLS (Leah Stein Dance Company): 2015 Fringe review 70

Stein makes you notice things about the Iron Factory that you would not have noticed before

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Right Now, Over Me: Koresh Dance Company’s COME TOGETHER festival

Koresh features 33 companies in this year’s festival, which provides a professional performance platform for established and emerging dance artists alike.

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Keigwin, Fonte, & Forsythe (PA Ballet): Dance review

As Angel Corella’s first season with Pennsylvania Ballet draws to a close, it’s safe to say that his tenure as the company’s artistic director is off to a very impressive start.

Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet. | Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

A TRIBUTE TO JEROME ROBBINS (PA Ballet): Perfect for Mother’s Day

Most balletomanes credit Balanchine with capturing the American spirit in ballet, but to me it’s Jerome Robbins who deserves the accolades.

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SWAN LAKE (PA Ballet): An enduring classic

If you want to see the traditional ballet form challenged but simultaneously upheld then Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of the Tchaikovsky classic is just the ticket.

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WINTER SERIES 2015 (BalletX): Sizzling Despite the Snow

BalletX is on fire. Their winter series provides Philadelphia with the perfect antidote to the cold-weather blues.

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STOMP (Merriam): Still going strong

Why has STOMP, with its pedestrian costumes and trash yard set, stood the test of time?

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1,1 HOLIDAY REVUE SPECIAL (Brian Sanders’ JUNK): Family fun?

Ordinarily I wouldn’t recommend JUNK for children, but the company’s 1.1 Holiday Revue Special is just fabulous.

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November 2014 Showcase (ETC Performance Series): Camaraderie, innovation, and tap

For the past 8 years, the ETC. Performance Series has provided local dancers with a supportive environment in which to experiment, try out new ideas and strut their stuff.

Chloe Felesina dancing for BalletX. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

BalletX Shines at Art After 5

The performance encapsulated the company’s signature combination of strong technique and quirky choreography.

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PHILADANCO can do just about anything

PHILADANCO!, the city’s premiere modern dance company, had a bit of a problem during its final performance of Blood, Sweat and Dance at the Kimmel Center on Saturday night: the ushers had run out of programs and had to hand out black and white photocopies. In the dance world, however, this is a very good problem to have, and in this case, it was a testament to the company’s continued preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance.

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BE/LONGING I: LIGHT/SHADOW (Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers): A review of the world premiere

We could be at a yoga studio, or a modern dance class, or even just Whole Foods (which might explain why everyone is so good looking and in such great shape) but the tableau onstage at Drexel’s Mandell Theater is the latest creation of choreographer Kun-Yang Lin. Be/longing: Light/Shadow is a world premiere based on a summer of research in Indonesia.

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Raphael Xavier’s THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO AUDIENCE WATCHING PERFORMANCE at the First Person Arts Festival

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted by kind permission. Like many artists, dancer Raphael Xavier has a difficult time describing exactly what he does for a living.  “I usually say…

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JEWELS (Pennsylvania Ballet): Dance review

Published by The Dance Journal, reprinted with kind permission. As noted in Lew Wittington’s interview with PA Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser last month, George Balanchine’s iconic JEWELS is an immense undertaking. …

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Fringe Preview :: Muse: The Body Overlooked and ThElastic Air Project

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted by kind permission. Site specific works are nothing new to Philadelphia but two performances in the 2013 Fringe  Festival, ThElastic Air Project and Muse:…

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Fringe Interview with New Street Dance Group presenting ChORDED Motion

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. New Street Dance Group, led by co-directors Krista Armbruster and Shannon Dooling will present ChORDED Motion on Saturday, September 14 at the First…

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Fringe Preview: Recent Graduates Tackle the Fringe, Roots and Enormous PoCkEtZ

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Between the paperwork, the deadlines and the fees, producing a show for the Fringe can intimidate even the most seasoned professionals. …

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Fringe Interview: As Pretty Does by Keila Cordova Dances

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted by kind permission. On September 6 and 7, Keila Cordova Dances will present As Pretty Does at Temple’s Conwell Dance Theater, a journey of provoking movement and…