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PHILADANCO will perform under the stars at The Dell Music Center

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Celebrated the world over for its artistry, superbly-trained dancers and electrifying performances, PHILADANCO will perform under the stars at The Dell Music Center on Friday, July 18 at 7:30 pm. Tickets to the multi-cultural dance concert start at just $10, and proceeds benefit PHILADANCO. Described as “exuberant” by The New York Times and “a miracle of skill and energy,” by Dance Magazine, the company performs nationally and internationally and regularly premieres new productions. It was founded in 1970 in West Philadelphia out of a need to provide opportunities for African-American dancers who were denied entrance to many local dance schools. PHILADANCO has grown into a company regarded for its artistic integrity, innovation, creativity and preservation of the predominantly African-American traditions of dance.

The program includes Ottis Redding’s music for the ballet ‘Suite Otis,’ by George Faison, choreographer of The Wiz on Broadway. Also on stage will be guest artists from The Pure Project (Artistic Director Itola Byrd), Fuego Dance Theater (Artistic Director Hector Serrano), the award-winning Just Sole: Street Dance Theater, Iquail & Company and more.

“This is an incredible opportunity for families to experience world-renowned dance and enjoy a beautiful night in Fairmount Park at an affordable price,” says Susan Slawson, First Deputy Commissioner Recreation & Programs, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. “PHILADANCO bridges cultural divides and consistently performs for sold-out audiences representing people from all communities. This concert is one more way area residents can enjoy a variety of arts and culture at The Dell – dance, theatre, and a wide array of music.”

This is the third annual Founder’s Day concert: a tribute to founder Joan Myers Brown and a benefit for the dance company. “Joan Myers Brown is a Philadelphia treasure who established her company on opportunity, inclusion and hope. She has brought renown and pride to our City with her international leadership and her many accolades including the 2012 National Medial of the Arts presented by President Barack Obama. We are happy to give area residents the opportunity to support PHILADANCO while enjoying the amazing company and legacy she has created,” added Slawson.

Tickets are available online at www.mydelleast.com/community-events, The Dell Music Center Box Office and by calling PHILADANCO at 215 387-8200.



Founded in 1970, The Philadelphia Dance Company is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African American traditions in dance. Recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances, PHILADANCO is committed to empowering youth with crucial development skills that facilitate achievement and success in the world of dance and everyday life.

- 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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