Philadelphia Dance Traditions Kick Off The Holiday Season
With its unforgettable music, enchanting story and the vivid imagery, “The Nutcracker” has become synonymous with the holiday season. It is a classic tradition that has weathered the test of time, captivating audiences’ hearts and minds for generations. Philadelphia offers a whole host of Nutcracker productions – from dance school performances, to international touring companies, […]
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by Kat Richter for The Dance Journal With contributions from Katherine Kiefer Stark and Raphael Xavier, this year’s First Person Arts Festival is giving local dance artists a new platform to explore new themes. This past week, Stark presented “Falling into ...
by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal In the operations of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, I have, as a matter of policy, donated various amounts of money to dance companies and arts organizations in the region over the years. The donations have varied from ...
Photo: Alexander Iziliaev By Kat Richter for The Dance Journal 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. It’s usually performed by larger companies and PA Ballet’s version, which opened at the Academy of Music last month, required two repetiteurs […]
Jillian Mueller as Alex Owens. Photo by Jeremy Daniel by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal The body beautiful is an aspect of dance that can be easily exploited. Two shows, from opposite ends of the dance spectrum, featuring scantily clad dancers, challenge audiences not to objectify – Koresh Dance’s Through the Skin and Flashdance, […]
It’s been a while since my last photo column so the first one back had to be a big one and who better to highlight my latest column than the Koresh Dance Company under the direction of Roni Koresh. Koresh this weekend presented their work “Through the Skin” at their home on South Broad Street […]
By Roger Lee for The Dance Journal photo by Bill Hebert The international-touring SHARP Dance Company is performing at home this weekend in Philadelphia. The company is presenting their fall concert series Perceptions at Christ Church Neighborhood House. In the midst of a busy tech week, Founding Artistic Director Diane Sharp-Nachsin found time to catch […]
by Janine Bryant for The Dance Journal Given that performing dance itself elicits only limited stimuli for positive fitness adaptations, it is not surprising that professional dancers often demonstrate values similar to those obtained from healthy sedentary individuals of comparable age in key fitness-related parameters. In contrast, recent data on male and female dancers revealed […]
ASK AMY SMITH by Amy Smith for The Dance Journal This column in the Dance Journal seeks to improve the financial literacy of dancers and artists in all creative disciplines, so that they may develop sustainable practices and further expand the reach of their creativity. Questions for Amy may be mailed to email@example.com for […]
by Steven Weisz for The Dance Journal Before I ever started PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, my involvement with the dance community began in the mid-1970′s when as a student at University of Pennsylvania, I started a special events agency, Rainbow Promotions Inc. As one of the largest event producers in Philadelphia, we booked quiet a variety of dance […]
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Pictured: Susan Rethorst, Eleanor Goudie-Averill, David Konyk and Hedy Weyland Credit: Zornitsa Stoyanova Philadelphia Dance Projects opens its 2014 season by presenting perceiving the ‘just this’-ness, a world premiere by New York choreographer Susan Rethorst, whose work has been called “meticulously made, sensually satisfying and thrumming with possibilities” by The New York Times. Produced and […]
Drawings by Kristin Kest, Design by Rob Carmichael Sometimes humorous and sometimes sobering, this new work irreverently unveils the virgin whores, domestic goddesses, and forbidden creatures that litter our collective contemporary psyche. This piece began as a reaction Miller had to the archetypical female characters in the dance canon; her experiences in Cambodia learning a […]
Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancers Lauren Fadely and Julie Diana and Company Member Lillian Di Piazza in George Balanchine’s Jewels Photo: Alexander Iziliaev Plus a Free Performance for the City of Philadelphia & a Glittering Gala Pennsylvania Ballet opens its 50th Anniversary Season with George Balanchine’s dazzling full-length masterpiece, Jewels, October 17-27, 2013 at the Academy […]
by Nancy Malmed for The Dance Journal Eight lucky students and two teachers of Wissahickon Dance Academy (WDA) studied at the National Ballet of Cuba this past July. Director Nancy Malmed organized the ballet study trip after visiting Cuba last year and had the opportunity to observe students of the National Ballet. She made contact […]
Musing on identity, solitude and the subjective experience of phenomena, Onliest is a site-specific work inhabiting the Mt Vernon Dance space. With the audience in the round, the piece encompasses the entire first floor of the old church, flowing across space onto the stage and up into the rafters. Musicians become movers, ushers become dancers, […]
Robin Preiss Glasser , photo by Eric Van Eyke Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will open its season on Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th with two exciting productions. The family-oriented program will feature a company premiere of Tea for Ruby, adapted from the picture book by #1 New York Times best-selling, Fancy Nancy illustrator, […]
by Roger Lee for The Dance Journal The Dilemma Each August thousands of dance majors grace the halls of college campuses around the United States. From conservatories to liberal arts schools, college dance students are honing their skills for the real world. The general assumption is that you go to college for dance, train and […]
September marks the Bryn Mawr Film Institute offering of two new dance films/broadcasts… Photo Credit: Chris Lee A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky As Performed at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in New York Sunday, September 15, 2013 · 12 pm Music by Igor Stravinksy Conducted by Alan Gilbert Performed by the New York […]
Repost from Americans For The Arts Catherine Brandt Vacovsky September 16, 2013 Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, today announced the results of the National Arts Index , the annual measure of the health and vitality of the arts industries in the United States. The […]