New Philly Reality Show Saturday Morning Fever Debuts Tonight

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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

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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 »

There’s a Morning Dance Party Happening in Rittenhouse Next Week

Ticketleap, the team behind quirky local events like Dîner en Sweatpants and Pope Yoga, is throwing a morning dance party next Thursday at the Coda in Rittenhouse. It’s fittingly called “I Woke Up Like This,” a little nod to Beyoncé who will almost definitely be thrown into the mix for this pre-work-day pick-me-upper.

The party goes from 7 am to 9 am on Thursday, November 12th. Much like their other events, there’s no specific dress code, just wear whatever — as the invite says — inspires you to “get up early and shake what your momma gave ya.”

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Pennsylvania Ballet Launches Season With Help From Director Angel Corella’s Famous Friends

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Company rehearsal with Angel Corella | Photo by Alexander Iziliaev

If Philadelphia has been called New York City’s sixth borough then Pennsylvania Ballet’s rehearsal studio is beginning to feel a lot like Lincoln Center’s annex. Just last week, you could’ve spotted international ballet VIPs Angel Corella, Charles Askegard, Kyra Nichols and Christopher Wheeldon — all walking the halls of the company’s North Broad Street space.

The ballet world may be far flung, but, among its A-listers it appears quite cozy. Corella, Askegard, Nichols and Wheeldon are all friends and colleagues who danced either with both or one of the two major American companies: New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. The company dancers are the lucky beneficiaries of all this artistic firepower imported down from New York.

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