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BalletX to perform at The Porch at 30th Street Station

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BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet and Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater, presents a free lunchtime performance on May 21st from 12:00-1:00pm at The Porch at 30th Street Station. This performance is part of a series presented by University City District (UCD), made possible with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, which has provided leadership support for UCD’s efforts to showcase innovative cultural programming at The Porch.

In an ongoing effort to spread its cultural footprint and bring dance to a broader audience in Philadelphia, BalletX’s free performance at The Porch offers viewers the unique opportunity to see highlights from the critically acclaimed Winter Series 2014. The May 21st performance includes Slump and the duet Valentine’s Day by Joshua L. Peugh, as well as Delicate Balance by Jodie Gates.

Joshua L. Peugh’s Slump quickly became an audience favorite with its hilarious take on the traditional courting dance. Set to a catchy arrangement of Klezmer, mambo and jazz music, this piecehad audiences giggling from the start. Peugh’s tender duet Valentine’s Day, was hailed as being an “elegant, classically-minded and traditionally beautiful number” (Philadelphia Weekly). The free performance will conclude with Delicate Balance by Jodie Gates, a work that brought audiences to their feet in applause. A physically and emotionally powerful piece that highlights the athleticism and artistry of the BalletX dancers, Delicate Balance was lauded by The Philadelphia Inquirer as being “a dreamscape of motion.”

 

Event details:
May 21, 2014 (rain date of June 20)
12:00-1:00pm
The Porch at 30th Street Station
30th & Market Street
Free and open to the public

- Steven Weisz

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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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