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Five pairs of dancers in rehearsal, all in pas de deux, the women holding large rose vine garlands.

The Philadelphia Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty

A precise retelling of the beloved classic

Artistic director and dancer Angel Corella tries a less-is-more approach in this adaptation of the fairy tale. Camille Bacon-Smith previews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Previews 2 minute read
A male dancer at center, anguished behind bars. 4 others in patterned caps facing him, reaching on the other side of the bars

The Kimmel Cultural Campus presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Revelations we still need

Alvin Ailey visited the Academy of Music for four performances, including work by Twyla Tharp and Ailey’s own piece celebrating Winnie and Nelson Mandela, and the beloved Revelations. Camille Bacon-Smith reviews.
Camille Bacon-Smith

Camille Bacon-Smith

Reviews 4 minute read
Baca Y Mayara, small on stage wreathed with white fog, pose together with hands joined, each with one leg extended upwards

Philadelphia Ballet presents Forward Motion

Up close with the past, present, and future of dance

The three world premieres in Philadelphia Ballet’s Forward Motion reflect diverse visions of contemporary ballet onstage at the Kimmel's intimate Perelman Theater. Melissa Strong reviews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Reviews 3 minute read
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