I have a confession to make: If you were to peek over top of my cubicle this week, you might see me sneakily trying to brush up on my salsa moves. Before you say I’m totally nuts, let me share the news: The sixth annual Philadelphia Dance Day is coming up this Saturday, July 25th!
When the weather is as gloomy as it is today, a trip to the gym can be a hard sell. But there’s no reason you can’t get your heart rate up without leaving the blessed indoors, and, as these videos prove, have fun doing it, too. We’ve rounded up eight seriously fun (really!), free, no-equipment-needed workout videos that will keep you nice and dry — actually scratch that, you’ll be working up quite the sweat. They range from 10 minutes to over an hour, so pick whichever floats your boat, find some space in your casa, and hit play. Read more »
For its “Summer Series 2015,” BalletX presented an unforgettable performance driven by the sheer technical skill of the dancers and the uniquely artistic choreography by Resident Choreographer Adam Hougland.
Act One featured Hougland’s Risk of Flight, a dark and eerie piece about facing challenges in life. The piece premiered in 2007, but audiences were ecstatic to see it again with very few changes to the original repertoire. On the dimly-lit stage, the cast of 10 dancers face stage right, moving robotically and in slow unison. The technical aspect of the choreography looks graceful and strictly balletic at first glance, until sharp movements and floor work are thrown in to exemplify the diverse ability of the dancers. After an assortment of partner work displaying beautifully flexible limbs, the piece moves on to a mix of trios, duets and solos, each showing off the maturity of the dancers’ movement even more than the last.
Dance Affiliates will present their NextMove 2015/2016 season this October, debuting their new location at The Prince Theater in Center City. After 32 years of hosting dance at The Annenberg Center in University City, Dance Affiliates will proudly showcase eight world-renown companies in 54 different shows at The Prince during a six-month span.
Greatest News of All Time: Bombay Yoga Company to Start Hosting Early-Morning Yoga-and-Dance Parties (with Breakfast!)
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?
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 »
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!
Philly videographer Cory Popp has put together a new video that chronicles an afternoon in the life of the Crowd Pleaserz, a local family that puts on breakdancing shows on SEPTA trains and in the subway stations. He tells the story behind how he met them and how the video came to be: