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954 Dance Movement Collective presents the World Dance Day Festival in Philadelphia


The Beatles knew something about spring (listen to “Good Day Sunshine” and “Here Comes the Sun”).  But when I think of spring, I want to dance.  Luckily, in 2013, spring will once again bring us the World Dance Day celebration in Philadelphia.  The 954 Dance Movement Collective partners with other movement artists and organizations in the community to bring Philadelphia’s 4th annual World Dance Day to The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties at North Second Street and Germantown Avenue, below Girard in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 28, 2013. UNESCO established World Dance Day on April 29th in 1982 to spread the joy of dance to the general public.  This year the World Dance Day in Philadelphia celebration is one day early because Sundays should be about fun and Mondays are usually about work.  This event is FREE for all ages, fun for the whole family; offering performances and dance classes from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The rain date is exactly two weeks later on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

World Dance Day in Philadelphia is the great thing that happens when local dance artists and teachers get together to celebrate Philly dance.  For the fourth year in a row, dance groups, dancers, choreographers and teachers are donating their talents for this free fun family outdoor event that reminds us all that it’s good to boogie.  All levels of movers are encouraged to dust off those winter cobwebs and dance into spring!

Participating artists include Art in Motion Dance (Salsa), IllStyle & Peace Productions (Hip Hop), Dancing Classrooms All-Stars (Ballroom), CoExist Dance, Monica Herrera (Flamenco), Temple University’s InMotion Dance Ensemble, Janosik Polish Dance Ensemble , Sattriya Dance Company (Classical Indian Dance), and many more.

The World Dance Day PERFORMANCES will showcase a variety of dance styles.  Past dance styles have varied from Indonesian Dance, Hip Hop, Improv, Hula, Argentine Tango, Modern, Polish folk dances, Flamenco and many more.  The first performance hour starts at 12:00PM. The second starts at 2:00PM.

Between the performances, stop by for the World Dance Day TEACH-IN – from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. It’s a great opportunity to try out dance classes of different disciplines including Flamenco, Line Dancing, Modern, Yoga, Rhumba, Salsa, Hip Hop, Belly dance and more. World Dance Day’s teach-in offers 20-minute classes. You have the option of experiencing one dance style for the hour or trying two or three.  Always wanted to do salsa? Missed your calling as a hip hop dancer? The World Dance Day teach-in is a great opportunity to try something new!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

12 Noon:      Dance Performance Hour
1PM:              Teach-In Hour with mini dance lessons at 1:05PM, 1:25PM and 1:45PM
2PM:              Dance Performance Hour

All performances will be held outdoors at the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties located at North 2nd Street & Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. The rain date is exactly two weeks later on Sunday, May 12, 2013.  All performances and mini-dance lessons are free.  For more information please email 954dmc@gmail.com, call215.627.1157 or visit www.954dmc.weebly.com.

About the 954 Dance Movement Collective: Serving artists in the Greater Philadelphia area, the 954 Dance Movement Collective is the working space for touring theatre companies, dance companies, commercial performing artists, dance teachers and independent artists.  The mission is to get you dancing. To feed a thriving environment that supports artists who dance, who make dances and teach dance. As well as to build community through dance and to get people of all ages dancing – from kids to kids at heart. Please visit www.954dmc.weebly.com

About World Dance Day: World Dance Day was established in 1982 by the International Dance Council – CID of UNESCO to bring attention to the art of dance every year on the 29th of April. This Philadelphia festival is in its 4th year and it continues the mission set out by UNESCO in 1982 to spread the joy of dance to the general public in an open and accessible manner. Various World Dance Day or International Dance Day celebrations occur every year all around the world.

- 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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