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Category: Lew’s Danceland

Performance Garage remodeling isn’t just cosmetic

Performance Garage remodeling isn’t just cosmetic

  photo credit Terrell Halsey | Co-Founder/Executive Director Jeanne Ruddy, Rep. Donna Bullock, & Co-Founder Victor Keen by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal On one of the sultriest evenings this month, Jeanne Ruddy stood in the middle of the gutted […]

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Review: Three Aksha’s dazzling samAni showcase

Review: Three Aksha’s dazzling samAni showcase

by Lewis J. Whittington for The Dance Journal Three Aksha Dance Company artistic director Viji Rao’s devised a dazzling program of traditional and contemporary Indian dance titled “samAni” at the Painted Bride July 3. The performance was comprised of excerpts […]

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Pennsylvania Ballet – Adagios, counterpointes, stars & dancers in Space

Pennsylvania Ballet – Adagios, counterpointes, stars & dancers in Space

photo credit: Alexander Iziliaev by Lewis J. Whittington for The Dance Journal After the Pennsylvania Ballet performed three big ballets for their May program , director Angel Corella devised a quieter bill called “Balanchine and Beyond” to close the season, […]

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Brian Sanders’ fresh take on old JUNK

Brian Sanders’ fresh take on old JUNK

by Lewis J. Whittington for The Dance Journal A hurricane fan was going at full blast on the second floor of Shiloh Church in South Philly, home base of Brian Sanders’ JUNK and it was surely needed for this almost […]

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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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