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8 paired dancers, men lifting women, flank another pair in front, the woman, in pink, posing en pointe with the man.

Dance Theatre of Harlem presents premieres by William Forsythe and Robert Garland

Dance to take you higher

Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to Penn Live Arts with the world premiere of William Forsythe’s Blake Works IV (The Barre Project) and the Philly premiere of Robert Garland’s Higher Ground, set to music by Stevie Wonder. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Three performers stand on each other's shoulders, three others minding them at their base in a rehearsal space with lights

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre presents I Hear You and I’d Like to Respond

A circus show to push the limits

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre’s I Hear You and I’d Like to Respond offers thrills and big thoughts. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Previews 2 minute read
Santoro adjusts a student’s posture, three students in leotards in the rehearsal space by a ballet barre.

Jaime Santoro and the magical children of Philadelphia Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Setting the stage for the children

Camille Bacon-Smith sits with faculty member and children’s ballet stager Jaime Santoro on staging The Nutcracker and teaching children how to perform.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Profiles 3 minute read
A man shouting, his arms extended out, bodies lie on the floor around him. Fog fills the dim stage.

The reprise of Rome & Jewels marks 30 years for Puremovement

A rare chance to see Rennie Harris’s classic dance work

The award-winning take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet from Rennie Harris returns to Philly this weekend. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Previews 2 minute read
5 dancers of different gender/race line up in identical pose, lunging forward with 1 knee bent & arms outstretched, palms up

BalletX presents its 2022 Fall Series

Ballet for the future

BalletX returns to the Wilma with world premieres by Darrell Grand Moultrie and former BalletX dancer Caili Quan, along with the Philadelphia premiere of Become a Mountain by Justin Peck. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 5 minute read
A woman dancer in purple sits on the floor with a male dancer directly behind, mirroring her pose with hands to her ears.

SHARP Dance Company presents Stories

A revival and a premiere

SHARP Dance Company’s 2022 fall series featured both a revival and a highly anticipated premiere from artistic director Diane Sharp-Nachsin, plus intriguing gender subversions from guest choreographer Joe Cotler. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
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Usiloquy Dance Designs presents Philadholphia

Food for thought and dancing

Usiloquy Dance Designs hosts Philadholphia, a celebration of South Asian music and dance including its performance of Chaat. David Block previews.
David Block

David Block

Previews 2 minute read
12 Black dancers in tan, brown & white lean tenderly in around another posing at center, long hair falling over one shoulder

BSwan Dance Company presents Redefine… To Define Oneself Again

Black swans soar

BSwan Dance Company presents Redefine… To Define Oneself Again in an energetic program that celebrates the debut of its junior company, as well as the retirement of dancer William Issac Bridges. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 3 minute read
Nine Black dancers in solid-colored activewear separates and athletic-looking high-top tan sneakers pose together onstage.

PHILADANCO! presents The Continuum

A family reunion at PHILADANCO!

The fall season performance from PHILADANCO! welcomed three world premieres and one Philly premiere, displaying the feeling and technical excellence fans have come to expect. Eileen B. Fisher reviews.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Reviews 3 minute read
Maslova is in a tutu and alone on stage, looking to the right, light cast over them and the set dimly lit behind her

Philadelphia Ballet’s Cinderella returns to the Academy of Music

A magical opening to the company's new season

The family-friendly performance of Cinderella from Philadelphia Ballet is an ambitious project for children and adults alike. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 2 minute read