How To Make Art Without Paying For It

Photo by Plate 3 Photography

Photo by Plate 3 Photography

The dancers and choreographers behind Birds on a Wire want to make it easier for up-and-coming artists in Philly to break into the scene. But trying to handle all of the “non-art-based stressors and challenges” is as tricky as it sounds, says Artistic Director Melissa Cameron.

“I’m finding it’s a bit of a balancing act,” she says, “staying in constant conversation with the artists to find out what their needs are and understand what skills they want to develop, and to brainstorm ways of helping them get the resources they need in order to achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves.”

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“I Woke Up Like This” Morning Dance Party in Center City This Thursday

Ticketleap's first "I Woke Up Like This" morning dance party | Photo via Facebook

Ticketleap’s first “I Woke Up Like This” morning dance party | Photo via Facebook

You know what’s even better than sleeping in? Waking up with a full-blown dance party, complete with coffee, Gangster Vegan Organics juice and plenty of Beyoncé references. And that’s just what you’ll get at Ticketleap’s second “I Woke Up Like This” morning dance party, going down from 7 to 9 a.m. this Thursday.
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New Philly Reality Show Saturday Morning Fever Debuts Tonight

Dancin’ on Air - Saturday Morning Fever - reality TV - Philadelphia

The Stars of Saturday Morning Fever, a new reality TV show based on Dancin’ on Air. It premieres tonight on Fuse at 11.

Dance shows have been a staple of Philadelphia television pretty much since television started. American Banstand got its start in West Philly. In the 1980s, Dancin’ On Air was big on Channel 17. Much like Bandstand, a national show was launched on its back: Dance Party USA. (Fun fact: The first host of Dancin’ on Air was Dave Raymond — the original Phillie Phanatic.)

After a few episodes of the old Dancin’ on Air were aired on WPHL in 2011, the station relaunched the show the following year. The show moved to PhillyCAM on Saturdays at 10 in 2013. Much like its predecessors, the show has inspired a national show. Only instead of another dance show, this time it’s a reality show: Saturday Morning Fever debuts tonight at 11 on Fuse. Read more »

Field Guide: The 28 Concerts, Shows, and Events to Put On Your Calendar Now


Living legends, world premieres, international talent and Justin Bieber: You’ll find all of these (and more) here in the City of Brotherly Love this winter and spring. It can actually be a little overwhelming, if you don’t know where to start. So here, we present a well-edited (but wildly diverse) list of the very best bets in music, theater and the arts this season. If you can’t find something to do here, we don’t know what to tell you.  Read more »

While You Were on Vacation, the Pennsylvania Ballet Got a Sick Burn on the Eagles

Photo: Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.

Photo: Pennsylvania Ballet Facebook page.

Memo from the Pennsylvania Ballet to the Philadelphia Eagles: Man up.

The Eagles’ season of turmoil ended — thankfully — on Sunday afternoon with a win over the Giants, but not before Coach Chip Kelly was fired, and also not before taking a really sick burn from the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Here’s the message the ballet — which is under new artistic direction by famed dancer Angel Correa this season — sent out on Facebook on Wednesday: Read more »

BalletX Opens 10th Anniversary Season With Nicolo Fonte’s Beasts

Nicolo Fonte and BalletX dancers rehearse a scene from "Beasts." | Photo courtesy of BalletX

Nicolo Fonte and BalletX dancers rehearse a scene from “Beasts.” | Photo courtesy of BalletX

It’s less than a week to go before opening night of BalletX’s tenth season and the company’s 10 dancers have just been dismissed for a lunch break after doing a run through of the second half of Nicolo Fonte’s new work, Beasts. The ballet explores the tension between man’s primal and civilized impulses. Sitting on a sofa in the lounge at the company’s rehearsal space, the Performance Garage at 15th and Brandywine streets, Fonte munches on a slice of pizza and discusses his evening-length world premiere commissioned by BalletX.

Fonte, a Portland-based New Yorker, has been in Philadelphia working with the company’s dancers since October 5th. But the 80-minute work, which explores what makes us who we are, our biology or the society we live in, has been in the works for more than a year with the choreographer carefully crafting an eclectic soundscape of music including work by Henrik Schwartz, Pete Townshend, Pink Martini, Patti Smith and Claude Debussy.

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There’s a Giant Pre-Work Dance Party in Rittenhouse Tomorrow Morning 

The best way to start your workday? Why, with a dance party, of course. And tomorrow morning, you can do just that: Last week, our friends over on Philly Mag’s Arts and Entertainment blog, Ticket, gave us the heads up about a huge pre-work dance party going down at Rittenhouse’s Coda (at 17th and Walnut streets) tomorrow morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. There will be dancing, there will be free coffee and tea, and it will, without a doubt, be the best way you’ve ever started your workday. And the best part? You can count your morning dance session as your workout for the day. So much #Winning. Read more »

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