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Articles By: Lewis Whittington

A Princely Farewell in Pennsylvania Ballet’s Program of Firsts

A Princely Farewell in Pennsylvania Ballet’s Program of Firsts

Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal During the curtain-calls for the cast of Matthew Neenan’s “Archiva” with its themes of the seasons of a dancer’s life still floating at the May 15 matinee performance […]

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Dance imbues The New Freedom Theatre’s Ballad of Trayvon Martin

Dance imbues The New Freedom Theatre’s Ballad of Trayvon Martin

photo credit: Ethimofoto by Lewis J. Whiitington for The Dance Journal New York based director-choreographer Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, artistic director in residence at the The New Freedom Theatre will be premiering his new play The Ballad of Trayvon Martin in […]

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PIFA Dances

PIFA Dances

by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal Gallim Dance | Attack Point Verizon Hall, April 10 Even though it only had one performance and drew a small crowd to Verizon Hall the first weekend of the ongoing PIFA festival […]

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Shut Up & DanceDanceDance

Shut Up & DanceDanceDance

by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal 24 years in, The Shut up & Dance benefit for Metropolitan Area Nutritional Alliance (MANNA) is as vital as ever. The one-night only performance by the dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet and […]

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Rainey and Isaac team up for (In)Visible

Rainey and Isaac team up for (In)Visible

Meredith Rainey from This Is It/It Is This; photo by Bill Hebert by Lewis J. Whittington for The Dance Journal It’s been a meeting of dancer-choreographer minds, bodies and private worlds of dancer-choreographers Meredith Rainey and Tania Isaac.  They discussed […]

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Corella’s dance quest ignites Don Quixote

Corella’s dance quest ignites Don Quixote

photo credit Alexander Iziliaev by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Angel Corella was just 19 when he nailed the role of Basilio, the ardent barber in American Ballet Theatre’s version of Don Quixote and he proved so dynamic in […]

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Pennsylvania Ballet II & Curtis Institute premiere the Jungle Book Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet II & Curtis Institute premiere the Jungle Book Ballet

by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal After a serious knee injury, long recovery and return to the dance stage, Colby Damon took his final bows as a full time BalletX dancer, but is just as busy as a dance […]

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Ballet Hispanico returns

Ballet Hispanico returns

photo credit: Paula Lobo by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal Ballet Hispanico returned to the Annenberg Center stage this month with highly theatrical concert pieces showcasing their technical skill in contemporary ballet, as well as their dazzling range […]

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Raphael Xavier explains it all in one form or another

Raphael Xavier explains it all in one form or another

Photo by David McDuffie by Lewis J. Whittington for The Dance Journal Raphael Xavier is known in Philly primarily as a dancer-choreographer, but his interests go in many other directions. Last fall, he hardly skipped a beat directing his creative […]

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Koresh Dance Company Turns 25

Koresh Dance Company Turns 25

photo credit: Frank Bicking by Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal Pounding bass rhythms pulse through the Koresh Dance Company’s Studios on Rittenhouse Square as artistic director Roni Koresh rifles through music on his laptop. He looks over at his […]

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