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Dance Journal’s Pick of the Top 25 Philadelphia Choreographers of 2012


Well if it was not hard enough picking the top 100 dance performances of 2012, this was even more difficult! And once again we have gone over! This list actually names 26 choreographers, as we could not come to census after several days of discourse. Special thanks to the Dance Journal staff, Merilyn Jackson and several members of the dance community for all their input and deliberations. So here are our final picks for 2012!


Nicole Canuso
Megan Mazarick
Matthew Neenan
Bronwen MacArthur
Raphael Xavier
Rennie Harris
Ronen Koresh
Kun-Yang Lin
Brian Sanders
Meridith Rainey
David Konyk
Tommie-Waheed Evans
Megan Bridge
Merian Soto
Lindsey Browning
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Silvana Cardell
Leah Stein
Niki Cousineau
Green Chair Dance collaboration by Sarah Gladwin Camp, Gregory Holt and Hannah de Keijzer
Lela Aisha Jones
Annie Wilson
Beau Hancock
Katherine Kiefer Stark
Kate Watson-Wallace
Michele Stortz

- 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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