Greatest News of All Time: Bombay Yoga Company to Start Hosting Early-Morning Yoga-and-Dance Parties (with Breakfast!)

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The other day, my friend and I were discussing our plans for the day when we ran into a dilemma that comes up pretty much every weekend: We wanted to dance but we didn’t want to wait until 11:30 p.m. when we wouldn’t be the only ones on the dance floor — because as much as I love to dance, I would rather be in bed by 11:30 p.m. Some might call me boring. I call myself well-rested.

But it looks like we won’t have to wait until past our bedtimes to get our dance on anymore, because the folks over at Bombay Yoga Company have made our dreams of going to a dance party before the sun sets come true! As owner Kathryn Blessington tells us, the Bella Vista studio is gearing up to start hosting a recurring early-morning yoga-and-dance party called TheGetUp, complete with an hourlong yoga class, a two-hour long dance party, breakfast and performers. Best. News. Ever. Am I right?

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2015 Pew Grants Announced for Local Artists and Organizations

Cai Gui-Quiang's "Dream." Photo by Tatsumi Masatoshi.

Cai Gui-Quiang’s “Dream.” Photo by Tatsumi Masatoshi.

Over 50 Philadelphia area cultural organizations and artists received grants from The Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage, marking the Center’s 10th year of grant making. Recipients from theater, visual arts, opera, music, dance, and other mediums received more than $9.6 million dollars in grants.

“Our 2015 grantees exemplify the diverse and dynamic cultural life of our region,” says Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director. “As we reflect on the past 10 years of grant making in this vibrant community, we also look forward to the extraordinary cultural experiences this talented and ambitious group of artists and organizations will bring to Greater Philadelphia’s audiences.” Read more »

Your Weekend Workout Playlist: Dance Party, Here You Come

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For this week’s workout, we’re thinking you should head to your bedroom, close the door, and dance like freakin’ maniac for one hour and twenty-four minutes. Why one hour and twenty-four minutes? Because that’s how long this playlist is. And it’s awesome, if we do say so ourselves. With everything from Beyoncé to old (and new) Jennifer Lopez to Florence and the Machines, this week’s workout playlist is guaranteed to make you dance your ass off — or run your ass off, for that matter. Enjoy!

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Pennsylvania Ballet Announces Exciting 2015-16 Season

Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Ángel Corella greets supporters and press to the announcement of the 2015-2016 season.

Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Ángel Corella greets supporters and press to the announcement of the 2015-2016 season.

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Ángel Corella hosted a cocktail party at the Olde Bar to announce the Ballet’s 2015-2016 season—the first one he has completely curated on his own. About 60 friends, supporters and press gathered at the event to hear Corella discuss the new season, which will focus on an array of hot young choreographers who are shaking up the contemporary ballet scene. Among the works will be Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, featuring arrangements of music by the The White Stripes; Christopher Wheeldon’s For Four and DGV (Dance at Great Velocity), and a world premiere by BalletX Artistic Director Matthew Neenan. The year will end, of course, with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

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Dance Like the Newsies With Philly Dance Fitness Tomorrow

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If learning the Newsies choreography on your own has proven too daunting (What? You still haven’t mastered it since I posted this last summer?), you’re in luck: Philly Dance Fitness is hosting a Broadway-themed dance workshop this weekend, and owner Deborah Hirsch tells me one of the dances they’ll be learning is the choreography from what is arguably the movie’s best song, “Seize the Day.”

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Franky Bradley’s Will Open Upstairs for Valentine’s Weekend

franky-bradleys-opening-weekend-940The weekend of Valentine’s Day will be the official grand opening of the upstairs lounge and cabaret space at Mark Bee’s Franky Bradley’s. The upstairs will kick off with a cabaret hosted by Foxy Tann, the the Boss of Burlesque, on Friday, February 13th.

On Saturday, February 14th, the upstairs will host the official after-party of the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention. Admission is free with a convention wristband or handstamp. Sailor Jerry’s drinks will be on special for $5 all night. The lounge and cabaret is already busy booking events for the second half of February and into March. See all the events on Franky Bradley’s Facebook page.

Downstairs, the main dining room will add some Valentine’s Day specials to the menu.

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Our Chat With Out So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing With The Stars Choreographer Travis Wall

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When Travis Wall was five days old, his mother set up his crib in a dance studio that she owned. The rest, they say, is history.

The much-in-demand dancer and choreographer, who has been featured on ever-popular shows So You Think You Can Dance? and Dancing With The Stars, isn’t new to the business: He moved to New York when he was 12 to star in the Broadway revival of The Music Man. At 14, he had a devastating injury that caused him to move back home to Virginia. However, it was a blessing in disguise. Read more »

5 Indoor Fitness Classes You Can’t Possibly Get Bored Of

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It’s going to be crushingly cold tonight and tomorrow, so chances are you’re seriously considering your indoor-workout options for the next 48 hours. If you’ve quickly grown bored of your indoor winter workout routine — after all, hopping on the elliptical every other day can get old real quick — we’ve got just the fix: five Philly fitness classes that are anything but boring. From a trampoline workout to a seriously sweaty treadmill class, these indoor picks will help tame your winter-workout blues. Check them out below.

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