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SHUT UP & DANCE 2016 (MANNA): 24th MANNA benefit performance

MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance), together with Pennsylvania Ballet brought a hot dance night to the Forrest Theater on an unusually freezing April night.

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DON QUIXOTE (PA Ballet): Love and passion, Spanish style

Based on the beloved novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, DON QUIXOTE has been one of the most popular and challenging ballets for over a century.

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From Spain, with Love: Angel Corella and PA Ballet’s Don Quixote

“There was really only one option,” laughs the Spaniard. “It could only be Don Quixote.”

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STRENGTH & LONGING (PA Ballet): Longing for higher and stronger

The selections show artistic director Angel Corella’s close attention to the dancers’ talents and characters and his passion to bring out the best in them.

Principal Dancers Julie Diana and Ian Hussey in THE NUTCRACKER. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

THE NUTCRACKER (PA Ballet): A beloved holiday tradition

A holiday tradition for many Philadelphians, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s NUTCRACKER returns for another season.

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SPEED & PRECISION: (PA Ballet): Color and character at the start of a new chapter

In his second season as the artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Angel Corella is hand-picking the entire program for the first time.

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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.

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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.

Alexander Peters in George Balanchine's "Prodigal Son." Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev.

PRODIGAL SON (PA Ballet): Ballet forward with Corella

New artistic director Angel Corella was able to take full advantage of works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and a premiere from resident choreographer Matthew Neenan, to start to show his retooling of the company.

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WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT OUTER SPACE (Pennsylvania Ballet, Curtis Institute of Music, FringeArts): Fringe Review 14

If dance is a language, it is spoken in a variety of accents. With WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT OUTER SPACE, FringeArts commissioning three contemporary choreographers—Zoe Scofield, Georg Reischl, and Itamar Serussi—to create pieces on PA Ballet dancers.

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Merilyn Jackson’s 9 Fringe Dance Picks

Dance writer Merilyn Jackson gives her picks for the 2014 Fringe Festival, with the page numbers from the Fringe Guide for helpful reference.

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10 Fringe Dance Picks: Lew Whittington on the best of the 2014 Fringe Festival

Dance writer Lew Whittington gives 10 “moving” picks for the 2014 Fringe Festival

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PA Ballet’s Roy Kaiser discusses his retirement at City Institute Library series

Pennsylvania Ballet is finishing their 50th Anniversary Season with victory lap programming, but it has played out as more than just a milestone date, but a distinct turning point for the company‘s future.

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DIRECTOR’S CHOICE (PA Ballet): Julie Diana’s luminous pas d’adieu

Roy Kaiser’s ‘Director’s Choice program proved to be one of the most artistically rich mixed bills PB has done and during their 50th anniversary season. , It featured the arrestingly intimate pas de deux between retiring dancer Julie Diana and real-life husband Zachary Hench.

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A benefit night to remember – Shut Up & Dance 2014

Shut Up & Dance 2014 benefit for MANNA proved one for the books. Every year the performance is typically wonderful for a number of reasons, primary among them its great sense of Philly community spirit in support of MANNA and not the least of which is the esprit of the participating dancers. Some years are standouts artistically and this was just one of those years.

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Care to Dance? The Philadelphia dance scene is alive and well in 2014, catering to classical palates and avant-garde tastes alike

The Philadelphia dance scene is alive and well in 2014, bringing forth a series of diverse performances catering to classical palates and avant-garde tastes alike

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Dance ornaments sparkle in Pennsylvania Ballet’s NUTCRACKER (2013)

Pennsylvania Ballet is only one of just a few companies licensed to do Balanchine’s 1954 classic ballet.

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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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Roy Kaiser looks forward and back as Pennsylvania Ballet turns 50

Published by The Dance Journal. Reprinted with kind permission. Pennsylvania Ballet launches its 50th season this month with the celebrations, reunions and gala performances, but the company has already been…