• BalletX Announces Virtual World Premiere, March 10

    BalletX Announces Virtual World Premiere, March 10

    BalletX, celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season, announces a Virtual World Premiere event on March 10, 2021 at 7:00pm EST featuring the debut of new short dance films by choreographers Maddie Hanson, Stephanie Martinez, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. [...]
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Opine Dance Film Festival Announces 6th Season

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Opine Dance Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates dance film makers nationally and internationally who are creating work with meaning. March 25-28, 2021 will mark the 6th year of the festival, and the second [...]

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Lew Whittington

  • by Lewis J Whittington for The Dance Journal In April 2019, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians in Serge Prokofiev’s searing ballet score for Romeo & Juliet, while the dancer-acrobats from Brian Sanders’ JUNK flew over them in Verizon Hall. Sanders’ thrilling scenes de actione mesmerized the audience with aerial sword fights, acrobatic bawdiness, and romantic lovers’ trysts on the scaffolding 65- feet over the stage. The production was a rousing success. The [...]

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Gina Palumbo

  • by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal On Friday, February 19th, 2021, Wangbo Zhu and Hassan Syed of Temple University’s MFA Program presented their theses from the comfort of their homes. I had the privilege to see Zhu and Syed perform at the 2020 thesis concert, and so I was eager to watch their language change as each of them took the reins and created their own works. Each artist is vastly different in his [...]

Edwina Thertulien

  • by Edwina Thertulien for The Dance Journal Experiencing firsthand the Waacking class at Urban Movement Arts, I learned extensively about the mechanics and the correct techniques of this style through a series of warmups that included rhythmic isolations, defined poses, and speedy arm drills (that almost made me poke my own eye out!) Critical skills included the execution and positioning of the elbow pointing directly in front and the upper arm remaining parallel to the [...]

Olivia Wood

  • by Olivia Wood for The Dance Journal “Sanctuary! Sanctuary! Sanctuary!” Artists across the country, and indeed, across the world, have echoed Victor Hugo’s iconic words. Since the start of the global pandemic, dancers suddenly found themselves out of work, out of space, and out of opportunities to hone their craft. Facing unemployment and identity crises, dance artists, myself included, have desperately searched for a place where they can feel like true professionals again. They need [...]

Jane Fries

  • by Jane Fries for The Dance Journal “It was the most liberating thing to dance in a mud pit,” said dancer Blake Krapels, describing his adventures shooting the dance film Heal. “I recommend it to everybody.” The film is one of three new additions to the “BalletX Beyond” subscription-based streaming platform that were screened at a Virtual Premier event on Wednesday, January 20th. The Zoom event was hosted by BalletX director Christine Cox, and included [...]

Debra Danese

  • by Debra Danese for The Dance Journal | Photo Credit: Paul B. Goode With the winter storm behind them, the Paul Taylor Dance Company traveled to Philadelphia with a program that illustrated their reputation as a trail-blazing troupe. The performance was live streamed from the Annenberg Center on February 19th, having been postponed from the previous evening  due to weather conditions. The company brought eight dancers and two pieces for their first live performance since [...]

Steven Weisz

  • An Afternoon’s Escape From Covid-19 With Nicole Burgio

    Photos by Steven Weisz, Art ImaginedOn a beautiful Fall day in Philadelphia, I met up with Nicole Burgio and Mark Wong for an informal photo shoot at Bartram Gardens. It was one of those rare moments to escape from quarantine, the stresses of daily life, and simply enjoy nature and movement. Nicole Burgio began training in gymnastics at age 5 and pursued the sport competitively through her matriculation at Temple University, where she majored in [...]

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