PHILADANCO IN CONCERT (Philadanco): 2016 Fringe review 92

Excerpted by kind permission from The Dance Journal

philadenco-in-concert_philadencoThe Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series opened its season Friday, September 23, 2016 with a one-night only performance by The Philadelphia Dance Company, better known as Philadanco. Offered as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the performance took place at the McPherson Auditorium to a full house.

The evening consisted of four different works, by four different choreographers, showcasing the company’s versatility and originality. Choreographers for the program were David Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Francisco Gella, and Christopher Huggins. The diversity between each piece demonstrated founder and artistic director Joan Myers Brown’s continued commitment to presenting innovative and thought-provoking work through her company….The evening as a whole left me with one specific impression: This is a seasoned company that dances with maturity and intent. It pushes creative boundaries and lets the dancing speak for itself. Costumes and lighting are understated allowing the audience to focus on the message and movement of the dance.

[Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College, 150 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA] September 23, 2016; fringearts.com/philadanco

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Debra Danese

Debra graduated with a degree in dance from the University of the Arts and also holds a B.A. in Arts Administration. She is accredited at the Master Level with the National Registry of Dance Educators. Debra has performed in Europe, Tokyo, Canada, and the Caribbean. She teaches and choreographs world-wide and has been an international guest artist in Switzerland, England, and Slovakia. Debra has been an Artist in Residence on five occasions in Norway where she showcased full length dance productions at the acclaimed Nordland Theatre. She has also presented an original dance production at the Elspe Festival in Germany. Debra has been featured in Dance, Dancer and Dance Teacher Magazines for her work in dance education. Additionally, she has been a contributing writer for Dance Studio Life Magazine since 2010.