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Passyunk Square: KYL/D Director Uses Dance as a Means of Self-Discovery

Passyunk Square: KYL/D Director Uses Dance as a Means of Self-Discovery

“One, two, three, two, two, three and go!” Kun-Yang Lin said as he stood in front of his ensemble of professional dancers at CHI Movement Arts Center (CHI MAC) and gave notes during rehearsal of a restaged piece, “ONE/Immortal Game.” The dancers portrayed human sized chess pieces and moved in a grid-like pattern to emulate a chess […]

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Spring Garden: Young Choreographer Explores Human Interaction Through Dance and Photography

Spring Garden: Young Choreographer Explores Human Interaction Through Dance and Photography

Through a blend of two distinctive artistic disciplines, 23-year-old Camille Gamble seeks to illustrate the significance of everyday human interaction that many folks often take for granted. The recent Temple University graduate calls her concept, The InterACTion Project, which utilizes dance and photography as a means of connecting people to the kind of personal interaction […]

 

Arts and Entertainment: Five Dance Studios in Philadelphia

Arts and Entertainment: Five Dance Studios in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is thriving with dance. Stroll down the Avenue of the Arts and you will pass by a dozen art venues, theaters and dance studios. Are you inspired by street dancers outside of Wawa, or want to learn a new style of dance?  If you are interested in taking a dance class, check out these five studios in […]

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Politics: Councilwoman Brown Shows Service and Activism in the Community

Politics: Councilwoman Brown Shows Service and Activism in the Community

It was shortly after 11 o’clock on a brisk Friday morning in North Philadelphia. Folks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Senior Center at the corner of 21st Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue were carefully listening to safety tips from city officials at the center’s annual Senior Citizen Expo. Front-and-center stood Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, […]

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Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

Fishtown: All-Female Collective Dances With Eye Toward Election

On Election Day, femme. collective will cast a vote for president that is sprinkled with lady power. Femme. collective is a Fishtown-based, all-female group of dancers and artists who support feminism. The core group, of less than a dozen women, holds frequent meetings to talk about their productions in collective founder Loren McFalls’ home. This has […]

 

Queen Village: PACK Students Put A Twist On Classic Theater Productions

Queen Village: PACK Students Put A Twist On Classic Theater Productions

The Performance Arts Center for Kids inspires students one lesson at a time with a unique combination of dance and theater classes. PACK owner and director Jessica Noel teaches students more than just choreography. She creates a safe and encouraging atmosphere, reminding students that this is their “artistic home base.” While the company mostly caters to children, the space welcomes […]

 

Brewerytown: Yoga & Movement Sanctuary Brings A New Kind of Fitness to Girard

Brewerytown: Yoga & Movement Sanctuary Brings A New Kind of Fitness to Girard

In April, Brewerytown residents welcomed the Yoga & Movement Sanctuary on 2623 W. Girard Ave. with curiosity and eagerness. It’s co-owners, Emile Sorger and Noah Julian, had both been teaching yoga at various studios in the city for years before a developer at MM Partners LLC gave them the opportunity to open their own. Julian explained what […]

 

Newbold: A Love For Argentine Tango Dancing

Newbold: A Love For Argentine Tango Dancing

Sarah Chung and Damian Lobato are professional Argentine Tango dancers. The two teach their own private and group dance lessons at their home on South 19th Street and at a studio in Center City. Chung was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington but moved to Philadelphia in 2002 to attend the University of Pennsylvania. She started […]

 

Society Hill: Giving Back to the Community Through Dancing

Society Hill: Giving Back to the Community Through Dancing

In a space that was once considered a place that would never work, the Society Hill Dance Academy has been providing the gift of dance to the community for almost 13 years. Founded in 2002 by Shana Vitoff, the Society Hill Dance Academy uses the intimacy of ballroom dancing to connect with its students. “It’s […]

 

Northern Liberties: Dancing Towards a Better Future

Northern Liberties: Dancing Towards a Better Future

Living Arts Dance and Fitness Studio was started by Jaquetta Colson. Originally form Washington, D.C., Colson studied dance at the Duke Ellington School for Performing Arts as well as the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre School in New York. Colson also studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she earned her B.F.A. […]