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Dance Journal’s Top 101 Dance Performances in 2012

Top 100 winner
I have never been one much for lists of this sort, but this year I was convinced by friends to publish a top one hundred list of dance performances in Philadelphia for 2012. Actually, top 101 as we could not come to consensus. There was so much dance to see this year, that compiling this list has been pretty much an impossible task.  But here goes …


2012 nEW Festival
BLIND DATE: dance and music duos
Susan Hess Modern Dance – In Performance – 48 Hours
Lesya Popil – Uninvited Guest
Green Chair Dance Group – Performance in February 2012
PDP Presents an Informance with Faye Driscoll
ETC Performance Series
Pennsylvania Ballet – Pushing Boundaries: Forsythe and Neenan
Jonesy Dance Theatre premiere of Lincoln Luck
Rennie Harris Puremovement
Group Motion Spiel Uhr
John Jasperse – Fort Blossom
Koresh Artist Showcase
Inhale Performance Series
Alchemy Dance Company Fundraiser Performance
PDP Presents Leah Stein Dance Company 10th Anniversary
Pennsylvania Ballet Messiah
Christopher Fleming’s Myth and the Madness of Edgar Allan Poe
Cardell Dance Theater presents Excerpts of works created between 2004-2012
PDP Scuba 2012
Shut Up and Dance
Kun Yang Lin and Dancers – Beyond the Bones
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe present Scratch Night
City Hall Presents – The Lady Hoofers
BalletX Spring Series 2012
Roger Lee Dance
Philadanco – The Philadelphia Connection
Goodnight War
Kota Yamazaki’s glowing
Koresh Spring Season 2012 with Bolero
Low Lives 4 in Philadelphia
Cardell Dance Theater and Philly PARD present Melina Martin of Argentina
Thirdbird – BLOOM
Headlong Dance Theater – Desire
Jeanne Ruddy Dance – The Final Season
SAUDADE – The love that remains
Shibani Patnaik in Samsara – The Cycle of Life
Mixed Grille at PARD
2nd Philadelphia Tango Festival
Us. Performance Installations by Anonymous Bodies and Fidget
Pennsylvania Ballet – N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz
The Rock School’s Showcase 2012 – Baroque Dances
CROSS-RHYTHMS – An Evening of Tap Dance
Headlong Dance Theater – Avalanche
Unsung Arrivals by Courtyard DANCERS
BalletX Summer Series 2012
Monarch Dance Company – Testimony
Rennie Harris’ 16th Annual Illadelph Legends Hip-Hop Dance Festival
City Calm Down
City Hall presents Balletx and Kate Watson-Wallace
David Bowie Dance Project
Nichole Canuso Dance Company – Return Return Departure
This Town Is a Mystery by Headlong Dance Theater
Go Together by Ellie Goudie-Averill and Pamela Vail
Experiencing people as really kind of huge by BodyFields Performance Collective and Son Step
Day For A Dream by Call Me Crazy Dancers
Timelines by Lauren Mandilian
Le Grand Continental by Sylvain Émard Danse
RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE by Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental + The Wilhelm Brothers
The Gate Reopened by Brian Sanders’ JUNK
Solos from Gdansk, Burdag, and Warszawa by Polish Exchange Artists
Hoist by Leah Stein Dance Company
Private Places by idiosynCrazy productions
Ballet Fleming – Dancing in the Streets
BHPhotos Choreography Showcase IV
Waheed Works – Black Rose
Undertow – Scott McPheeters, Jennifer Morley, and Liz Reynolds
Volcano, My Love by keila cordova dances
The Third Shift – RealLivePeople(in)Motion
Moreechika – Season of Mirage, Ananya Dance Theatre
Point of Departure
The First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival
Merián Soto – SOMOS
JUXTaPOSE! la deuxième partie
POD – Mixed Drinks
3 x 3 Movement Voices for a Bharatanatyam Dancer
Science per Forms
A Body of Work: Choreography by Phillip Grosser
Fresh Juice
Pennsylvania Ballet – Giselle
Miller Rothlein – Double Bill
Kun-Yang Lin Dancers Symphony in D Minor – Sky Dance
Kyle Abraham – Abraham in Motion with PAVEMENT
SHARP presents – Four Hot Men and an Old Lady
Deborah Hay Solo Festival
FlyGround’s Street Grace Series – Native Portals of Lynching and Love by Lela Aisha Jones
Drift – MFA Thesis Concert: Guillermo Ortega Tanus
Let the Roots Show – Kulu Mele and The Requisite Movers
Koresh Dance Company – TRUST
Raphael Xavier’s The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance
Tori Lawrence + Co. performs at The Barnes Foundation
The Peek a Boo Revue: It’s a Wonderful Christmas Carol Story
Three Aksha with Lenny Seidman Tabla Choir in Jhulna
Usiloquy Dance Designs at Asian Arts
Subcircle Benefit
Performance Garage 10th Anniversary
Spirits Break to Freedom

Now if you have not seen your performance on this list our apologies, I am sure it is an oversight.  And of course, feel free to post your own list in the comments section!

Here’s to another great year of dance in Philadelphia for 2013!!!

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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