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Dancer Joe Gonzalez dances outdoors, summertime trees behind him. He leaps so high he seems to be flying, arms & legs poised

Philadelphia’s Black male ballet dancers share their journeys to the stage—and what the future may hold

Where do dancers discover themselves?

Following a panel discussion featuring Black alumni of the Philadelphia Ballet, Camille Bacon-Smith asked other Philly-connected Black male ballet dancers how they got into the field, what they see now, and what the future holds.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 6 minute read
Under dramatic orbs of misty white & purple light, a dancer in a filmy dress poses en pointe with leg and arms outstretched

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Philadelphia Ballet’s New Work for a New World

Contemporary ballet at the Perelman

Philadelphia Ballet makes the Kimmel Cultural Campus’s Perelman Theater its new home for contemporary ballet performances, beginning with New Work for a New World. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Blue, a Black woman, poses for a portrait. Viewed from the side, she tilts her head to the camera, her hand on her head.

The Weekly Roundup, February 2-9

Kicking off Black History Month 2022

This week’s roundup has a helping of offerings in celebration of Black History Month. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 2 minute read
A famous triangular tableau of nine dancers, heads down and arms outstretched like wings, under a rich golden spotlight.

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

A triumphant and timely return

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates a decade with artistic director Robert Battle in the company’s 2022 tour, which kicked off last week at the Academy of Music. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 5 minute read
Two Black dancers in reds tops, yellow leotards, looking to their left, one standing on their feet while carrying the other

The Weekly Roundup, January 26-February 2

Books, ballet, and neon lights

Blue Stoop hosts a pair of writerly conversations with two new novels, a contemporary neon art exhibit opens in Philly and West Chester, and the past and future of Black dancers are on stage. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
A collage of mixed media illustrates silhouetted human figures within and breaking through frames.

The Weekly Roundup, January 19-26

Campy ballet, interdisciplinary mixtapes, and casting light on the 'Invisible'

Penn Live Arts hosts a gender-bending satire ballet performance, the Muse Gallery mixes paintings with music, ArtYard opens an interdisciplinary exhibit with a wide range of perspective, and the debut of Love & Healing. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 4 minute read
Three kids and two young adults pose against an all-white background in nutcracker-inspired ballet outfits.

Stepping it up with Chocolate Ballerina Company’s The Nutcracker: Dipped in Chocolate

In the land of sweets

Chocolate Ballerina Company founder and artistic director Chanel Holland talks about the company’s take on The Nutcracker, making space for dances based on the African diaspora, and more. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 2 minute read
Dancers pose, dressed mostly in red with black and red undertones. One dancer is centered, three others are behind her.

PHILADANCO! and the Kimmel Cultural Campus present Fast Forward…to the Future

Celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary

PHILADANCO! returns to honor its 50th anniversary with Fast Forward...to the Future, a celebration that was postponed due to Covid-19. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Seven people, some dancing and some playing instruments, perform on a blue-lit stage, in dynamic poses.

Penn Live Arts presents Dorrance Dance

The future of tap

Dorrance Dance honors and expands upon tap traditions in a program including two Pennsylvania premieres and some holiday cheer for its return to live performance and debut at Penn Live Arts. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 5 minute read
A group of women dancers in (mostly) white dresses pose in uniform on stage.

Philadelphia Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

The corps de ballet, breathing as one

Camille Bacon-Smith talks with dancers from the Philadelphia Ballet on their latest production of The Nutcracker and the variety of challenges the classic show still presents for its performers.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Features 5 minute read