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 […]

 

Arts and Entertainment: How to Keep Up in the Crazy World of Performing Arts

Arts and Entertainment: How to Keep Up in the Crazy World of Performing Arts

A career in the theater can be difficult to attain. Philadelphia, however, offers a myriad of tools to help any enthusiastic performer achieve their goals. Whether it is a class at The Philadelphia Acting Studios or an apprenticeship at The Walnut Street Theatre, Philly has it all. We talked to artists about the world beyond the […]

 

Germantown: Pushing the Envelope

Germantown: Pushing the Envelope

Nicholas Gillette watched as fellow acrobats from the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre rehearsed complicated maneuvers a few feet behind him. “Steer whole heartedly into that,” he said. The “that” that Gillette is referring to is the love that he and his team have for live performance arts. The five-member ensemble infuses acrobatics, storytelling and physicality into their […]

 By Kendra Allen and Marissa Oswald

Powelton Village: Local Choreographer Praises Community Education Center

Powelton Village: Local Choreographer Praises Community Education Center

On Sunday mornings, when most people are sleeping in, dancer-choreographer Germaine Ingram is working on her most recent project at the Community Education Center on 35th  St. and  Lancaster Avenue. This facility has served as a cornerstone for not only the dance community but all performing arts in Philadelphia as well. Ingram likes the CEC […]

 By Sean G. Purvis

Powelton Village: Community Center Promotes Performing Arts

Powelton Village: Community Center Promotes Performing Arts

For artists longing to have their creativity funneled into something productive and meaningful, The Community Education Center, located at 3500 Lancaster Ave., provides the space, knowledge and resources needed to accomplish their goals of performing. Led by Executive Director Terri Shockley, the Community Education Center, or CEC as it is known in Powelton Village and […]

 By Victoria Hudgins

Strawberry Mansion: Ballet Program at Pratt Elementary Improves Students’ Attitudes

Strawberry Mansion: Ballet Program at Pratt Elementary Improves Students’ Attitudes

Classical music played from a small boom box on Anna Pratt Elementary’s auditorium stage as young girls stared at their instructor’s feet. The instructor stood in a turnout, a fundamental ballet step, where the dancer’s feet are pointed in opposite directions in a straight line. The girls broke out in random giggling and teasing, but […]