July 14, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she was going to be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
July 13, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - They are still dancing in Atlantic City. In a summer of bad news along casino row, Phyllis Papa, founder, choreographer, and director of the 32-year-old Atlantic City Ballet, has found her place on the Boardwalk for the first time. Long headquartered outside of the city, the company has settled into its new home at Boardwalk Hall, with all the dancers living close by in two big houses. The company will dance regularly at the Claridge, on the Boardwalk at Kennedy Plaza, and in a series of "Up Close and Personal" performances inside its new ballet studio in Room 311 at Boardwalk Hall.
July 13, 2014 |
Gwen Resch has two families. Yes, the 14-year-old from Linwood, N.J., has a mother, father, and older brother. But she also has her "dance family," a far-reaching network of friends from across the region who share her passion for Irish dancing. "When you go to dance, that's a part of the experience," Resch said of constantly reconnecting with her dancing friends. "My favorite part. " While Resch sees most of her local dance mates three or four times a week, when they practice at the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, she will be part of a wider ensemble Saturday.
July 12, 2014 |
The fun thing about BalletX is that you never know what you are going to see. The roster of dancers changes often. The company specializes in new choreography from codirectors Matthew Neenan, Christine Cox, or whoever they feel like working with. The shows are usually good. Then, there's Sunset, o639 Hours , a feast of entertainment, emotion, and moments of genius. Sunset , which opened Wednesday night at the Wilma Theater, was created by Neenan and composer-musician Rosie Langabeer, a Kiwi who divides her time between Philadelphia and New Zealand.
July 11, 2014 |
Last winter, a caravan of canoeists headed up the Schuylkill, paddling against the current and the chill to discuss plans for Invisible River , an arts event planned for this weekend. "Everyone was getting really excited, saying how we should put lights on the bridge, or imagining dancers in the shallows of the water and a flotilla of boats, with a music barge floating along. We were all letting our imaginations run wild," recalled choreographer Olivia Jorgensen, who was visited by a vision of dancers performing summer-solstice rituals on the banks.
June 2, 2014 |
BALLERINAS need vacations, too. (Incredibly well-deserved ones.) But as the big companies wind down their seasons, some innovators break out novel, refreshing programming to tide over us over during the beachgoing months. The Tap-Ballet Project, June 6. Six tap dancers and four ballet dancers, backed by a jazz quartet, thunder out the collaborative work "Meet Us at the Corner," created by Elisabeth Holowchuk (from Suzanne Farrell Ballet) and Dorothy Wasserman (as seen in the movie "Tap")
May 30, 2014 |
AN INSTRUMENTAL string arrangement of Coldplay's "Clocks" played through the room and Rachel Federman-Morales began directing the troupe of 10 dancers, as she has every Tuesday evening since early October. Aligned across from one another, the dancers' eyes locked. They had just completed a long school day and now they had one more rehearsal before the big performance, scheduled for this morning in Drexel University's Mandell Theater at MacAlister Hall. Like any dance troupe, this one is composed of unique individuals with a common goal.
May 23, 2014 |
PHARRELL WILLIAMS ' "Happy" has become so popular, it's virtually impossible to go a day without seeing or hearing some new version of it on TV or YouTube. It's even made its way to Iran. And in Iran, that's not a good thing. An Internet video of six young Iranian men and women dancing to "Happy" has led to their arrests. Darn you, Western infidels. Criticism outside Iran was predictably swift yesterday, with calls for freedom for the jailed youths. Pharrell tweeted: "It's beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.
May 8, 2014 |
A PHILLY-born-and-trained dancer is suing Britney Spears and Reign Deer Entertainment for allegedly breaking her nose. Dawn Noel Pignuola , who dances professionally as Dawn Noel, was hired to work on "Work Bitch," Spears' incessantly catchy single, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Pignuola attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and the University of the Arts, getting her start in the dance world at Philly's Koresh Dance Company.
March 9, 2014 |
Pennsylvania Ballet gave an encore of a signature work and added another Balanchine ballet to its repertoire for its opening Thursday night at the Academy of Music. Both were part of the company's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Carmina Burana has been in the troupe's repertoire since 1966, when John Butler staged his 1959 work on Pennsylvania Ballet to Carl Orff's secular cantata. In 2007, choreographer-in-residence Matthew Neenan reinterpreted the ballet with new choreography, costumes, and sets.