The Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia is a $9 million initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts. Sixty-nine innovative ideas were chosen as finalists this year, many from the Philadelphia dance community. Arising from more than 1,200 applicants, the finalists below represent the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the city.
Congratulations to all the finalists…
BalletX. To further the careers of young dancers by teaching them how to be dance instructors through a mentorship program.
idiosynCrazy productions. To build community around contemporary dance in Philadelphia through free professional dance training offered by a diverse group of local, national and international teachers.
Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble. To enable audience members to become performers by inviting them to participate in master classes, rehearse and perform a new work blending traditional African dance with hip-hop, funk and soul.
Mascher Space Cooperative. To offer support for local dance artists by providing space and funding to help them deepen technical skills and relationships.
Pasión y Arte. To celebrate the contributions of Flamenco dance by producing a two-week festival including an educational symposium and performance by groundbreaking Flamenco artist Israel Galvan.
Sruti, The India Music and Dance Society. To celebrate Indian music and introduce it to a young and urban audience by offering a concert series with rotating ensembles of professional musicians.
Dance/USA Philadelphia. To raise the visibility of live dance by creating a pop-up studio in a highly visible public space where local companies will perform for passersby.
And a few others who incorporate dance with other arts genres…
Network for New Music. To celebrate the unveiling of Dilworth plaza and its new interactive steam sculptures by offering a free outdoor choral and dance performance.
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Performing Arts Office. To offer after-school art programming for children by placing teachers in each of the eight city districts to give instruction in singing, acting and dancing.
For a full list of all of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia finalists, visit