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Metropolitan Ballet Academy Student Dancers to Perform in Second Annual International Peace Day Concert

Metropolitan Ballet Academy Student Dancers to Perform in Second Annual International Peace Day Concert

Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) student dancers will perform in the Second Annual International Peace Day Concert on Saturday, September 20, 7 p.m. at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  Young dancers from the Jenkintown-based pre-professional ballet studio will join […]

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Politics Aside, Donetsk Ballerina to Teach at Wissahickon Dance Academy

Politics Aside, Donetsk Ballerina to Teach at Wissahickon Dance Academy

She’s taking a detour.  The airport in Donetsk is closed due to civil unrest as Russian and Ukrainian cultures clash.  The trains are to be shut down after June 14.  The city has imposed a 10 o’clock curfew for all […]

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BalletX partners with Andrew Jackson School for a new afterschool dance outreach program

BalletX partners with Andrew Jackson School for a new afterschool dance outreach program

Photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, announced the launch of Dance eXchange, a new afterschool dance outreach program with Andrew Jackson School in South Philadelphia. Beginning in March 2014, the program is designed to use dance as […]

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Broadway Dancer LaMar Baylor Travels to Rwanda as New Cultural Ambassador for the Rebecca Davis Dance Company

Broadway Dancer LaMar Baylor Travels to Rwanda as New Cultural Ambassador for the Rebecca Davis Dance Company

by Sydney Skov for The Dance Journal The Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC),was created in 2005 with a focus on developing original, full-length contemporary ballets based on famous literary works, significant historical events and modern social issues. With its home […]

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Wissahickon Dance Academy goes to Havana – a City Lost in Time

Wissahickon Dance Academy goes to Havana – a City Lost in Time

by Nancy Malmed for The Dance Journal Eight lucky students and two teachers of Wissahickon Dance Academy (WDA) studied at the National Ballet of Cuba this past July. Director Nancy Malmed organized the ballet study trip after visiting Cuba last […]

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Glimpses of the Performance Garage First Annual Dance Marathon

Glimpses of the Performance Garage First Annual Dance Marathon

Unique to the Philadelphia landscape, the Performance Garage was originally a horse stable and automobile garage. Renovated in December 2002, it was transformed into a versatile dance space that includes both rehearsal studios and theater for all forms of dance. The […]

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

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 […]

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A Philadelphia ballerina makes good, stars in a story book love tale

A Philadelphia ballerina makes good, stars in a story book love tale

A limited-edition art book tells a bit of ballet history – and a love story – for the first time. By Ellen Ziegler for The Dance Journal I’m an artist from Seattle with a focus on artist’s books. My latest […]

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Further Refelection on Somos

Further Refelection on Somos

Following are two audience members’ accounts of “SoMos,” a large-scale site-specific work choreographed by Merián Soto.  “SoMos” was performed in the North Philadelphia barrio as part of Taller Puertorriqueño’s free performance series, Café Under the Stars: Spotlighting the Arts in […]

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Metropolitan Ballet Company to present two children’s storybook classics – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Peter Pan

Metropolitan Ballet Company to present two children’s storybook classics – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Peter Pan

Metropolitan Ballet Company Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse , photo by E.A.Kennedy,III Metropolitan Ballet Company (MBC) will open its season with two extraordinary storybook productions and a company premiere. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, with sparkling choreography by Jennifer Sommers, is based […]

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