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December 9, 2010
THE FILM "Black Swan" with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, which opens in Philadelphia tomorrow, has come under fire because of the dramatic 20 pounds lost by each of the already-thin performers so they could portray ballerinas. With eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating on the rise, this movie concerns Susan Kleinman, the dance-movement therapist at Philadelphia-headquartered Renfrew Center. "Our culture promotes eating disorders, and some experts estimate the increase has gone up as much as 117 percent," said Kleinman.
NEWS
May 9, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
In 1960, back before the civil rights movement turned north, back when African Americans found themselves unwelcome in many of the city's signature organizations, Joan Myers Brown started a dance school for children, way out on Market Street. No one in the big downtown arts groups seemed to notice. Why should they? Black children were excluded from white dance schools, and no black dancers graced the stages of mainstream dance companies here or most anywhere else in the country.
NEWS
May 9, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
In 1960, back before the civil rights movement turned north, back when African Americans found themselves unwelcome in many of the city's signature organizations, Joan Myers Brown started a dance school for children, way out on Market Street. No one in the big downtown arts groups seemed to notice. Why should they? Black children were excluded from white dance schools, and no black dancers graced the stages of mainstream dance companies here or most anywhere else in the country. In 1970, Brown founded the Philadelphia Dance Company, known universally as Philadanco, to give her students a shot at professional performance and to make a visible African American presence in the world of classic and modern dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
Joan Myers Brown, whose determination to open up the world of dance to the creative energies of African Americans led her to found a groundbreaking dance school and performing ensemble here, has been named the 89th winner of the Philadelphia Award. The award, announced Friday night at a gala performance celebrating the 40th anniversary of Brown's renowned dance company, Philadanco, at the Kimmel Center, will be presented at an award ceremony there May 10. In addition to founding Philadanco in 1970, Brown founded the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts in 1960.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2010 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
We often speak of Philadelphia treasures, and Joan Myers Brown has been one of the city's most valuable assets for the last 40 years. Forty years! As founder and artistic director of Philadanco - the Philadelphia Dance Company - her reach here and around the world has won her fond acclaim, including this year's Philadelphia Award. Thursday's 40th-anniversary opening performance at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater portended nothing but more smooth sailing for this helmswoman and her brilliant company.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2010 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Although deep into work with the Philadelphia Dance Company and her own dance school, Joan Myers Brown saw a problem that she could not ignore. Back then, in 1988, Brown also served on the board of Dance/USA (a national service organization based in Washington, D.C.). She noticed that such dance organizations were not interested in audiences of color, and they really did not want modern dance, preferring to focus on major ballet companies. "I knew there were problems that black companies were having and thought we might address them collectively," said Brown, the artistic and executive director of Philadanco in West Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2010 | By SHAUN BRADY For the Daily News
"WHENEVER I have an anniversary it seems like I get crazy," laughed Joan Myers Brown over the phone last week from her studio in West Philadelphia. She expected to be working into the wee hours of the morning - and not for the only time that week - to prepare for the horde of dancers, teachers and students expected to stream into town for this week's International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference. Philadanco, the predominantly African-American dance company that Brown founded in 1970, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, culminating in a series of performances at the Kimmel Center in April.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2009 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
It's Philadanco's 40th birthday, but the modern dance company looks as fresh and strong as ever. The troupe opened its season at the Kimmel Center Thursday night with a program that includes a world premiere, a cameo appearance, and a celebration of women's derrieres. Companies and choreographers all over the world have tackled Bolero, with varying degrees of success. Indeed, Philadanco's is the second new version in Philadelphia in just four months (BalletX premiered one in July)
NEWS
May 5, 2009 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Philadelphia hosts a redoubtable legion of dance-makers. Over the weekend, amid a swirl of other dance activity, Eleone Dance Theatre was onstage at North Broad Street's Freedom Theater, while across town the Painted Bride hosted Tania Isaac, Gabri Christa, and Marianela Boan. At 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Eleone held forth in the beautifully refurbished John E. Allen Jr. Theater (there's free, attended parking next door). With the early curtain, you could take in Eleone and still make it down to South Broad Street to catch one of the other big dance concerts.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2009 | By Ellen Dunkel FOR THE INQUIRER
"All new" sounds exciting, but it can also mean "not yet broken in. " Philadanco presented three world premieres and a company premiere in a program called "New Faces" Thursday night at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, and while all the pieces were promising, they were still rough around the edges. Philadanco turns 40 in 2010, and the plan leading up to the anniversary was to revisit its history last fall and present new choreography now. The program of older work was stunning; the dances felt custom-fit for the dancers.
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