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Anderson, balanced one knee, leans back dramatically under Gray’s reach. They wear lush black, white & gray ballet costumes.

Chocolate Ballerina Company presents Black Swan: A Swan Lake Premiere

Not your Petipa Swan Lake

Chocolate Ballerina Company, a contemporary community-based dance organization for artists of color in the Philly region, offered an impressive new take on Swan Lake with an all-ages ensemble. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 3 minute read
Six performers in mid-step on stage, their left legs parallel to the floor, right legs hover off the floor pointing down

The Lady Hoofers present On Tap

Something old, something new

The all-women dance troupe taps into the old and familiar and blends it with new and refreshing in this year’s edition of On Tap. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Pineiro in a leotard and ballet wrap skirt mid-stance in rehearsal hall as Tovar looks on

Philadelphia Ballet and Angel Corella present Coppélia

Love and laughter prevail

Philadelphia Ballet concludes its season with Coppélia, a new full-length work full of humor and fantasy, featuring choreography by artistic director Angel Corella. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Previews 2 minute read
DeAgro-Ruopp, in a white dress, looking grave at center, with 8 dancers around her, interacting in various poses.

Koresh Dance Company presents Masquerade

Innovation meets classic Koresh

Koresh Dance Company welcomed musician Sage DeAgro-Ruopp to a performance combining dance, live music, and theater in Masquerade, the company’s 2023 Home Season show. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read
Two dancers in mid-step in an indoor space, with warm, purple-tinted lighting

Pasión y Arte presents Feria de Abril

Celebrating spring, Spanish style

Pasión y Arte presents its Feria de Abril, an outdoor Spanish-style spring celebration with dancing and tapas. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Previews 2 minute read
Poster outside the venue shows black & white headshots of 9 PHILADANCO dancers.

PHILADANCO! presents Moving... Beyond Forward

Technique and soul

Moving… Beyond Forward, an evening of four exciting works at the Kimmel’s Perelman Theater, highlighted longtime PHILADANCO! creators with a mix of premieres and reimagined older work. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Two dancers face each other in a rehearsal room as Jesús gives instructions

Paul Taylor Dance Company and Omar Román De Jesús present If You Could Swallow the Sun

Dancing with who is present in the room

Along with familiar classics, Paul Taylor Dance Company hosts a world premiere from emerging choreographer Omar Román De Jesús with If You Could Swallow the Sun. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Previews 3 minute read
Wilson’s image imposed on a greenhouse area. She wears a shirt with an ‘athletic toned male’ upper body printed on it

Philadelphia Dance Projects’s Dance Up Close continues

Spring performances promise rare moments

Philadelphia Dance Projects’s Dance Up Close series continues through early April, offering unique perspectives in its performances. Eileen B. Fisher previews.
Eileen B. Fisher

Eileen B. Fisher

Previews 3 minute read
Two ballet dancers in pas de deux, one in all black lifting the other in a leotard, against the Philly skyline at night

Philadelphia Ballet presents Dancing with Gershwin

A triple bill honoring George Balanchine

Camille Bacon-Smith previews the upcoming triple bill from Philadelphia Ballet, featuring three ballets from the late choreographer George Balanchine.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 3 minute read
Ma, a single dancer in black on a dark stage, her face covered with a fan she holds in her mouth. She strikes an angular pose

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers presents KyLin’s Garden

KYL/D celebrates 25 years

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers celebrated its 25th anniversary with two world premieres by company artists, and four reimagined works by the founder, linking past, present, and future. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 4 minute read