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Author:  dancing_granny [ Thu Dec 14, 2000 9:17 am ]
Post subject:  Philadanco

Philadance is coming here next week for one performance. I don't know anything about them. Can someone enlighten me???? They also have a (free) open reherasal which I am considersing.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Dec 14, 2000 9:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

Image <P>Photo: Deborah Boardman<P><BR>Hi granny_dancer and welcome to criticaldance. I don't know the Company, but one of our readers said she liked them about a year ago.<P>Here's a link to a review from earlier in the year. The dancing impressed Tobi Tobias, but not the choreography:<P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>Here's a link to the company website, which talks about their teaching and community dance projects:<P> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P><BR>Have any other of our current readers seen them?<P><BR>

Author:  trina [ Thu Dec 14, 2000 12:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

HI Dancing Granny--welcome! Good to have someone respond from the middle of our country. I used to teach at Kansas State University.<BR>This topic should probably go under "Modern". Philadanco is modelled somewhat on the Alvin Ailey company. They are a multicultural company, which does an eclectic repertory. They are headed by Joan Myers Brown, a very strong, charismatic leader. The work is sleek beautiful, athletic; the dancers very diverse. A former dancer with my company LEAVING GROUND/DANCE named Francisco Gella dances now with Philadanco. I think you will enjoy them...definelty go to any classes or workshops offered!!

Author:  Belinda [ Thu Dec 14, 2000 12:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

Hi there,<P>I saw Philadanco about two years ago while they were on tour and really enjoyed it. They're pretty athletic and modern and you can really relate to their dancers; they're emotive. When I saw them they did a terrific jazz piece by Tally Beatty called "Pretty is skin deep, but ugly is to the bone." It was electrifying. They also did a Donald Byrd piece called "Bam!", if I remember correctly, a more ballet-based piece, and a strong, interpretively engaging work by Elisa Monte.<P>I can't remember the name of Philadanco's Artistic Director, but she is quite regal and commanding. The company's point of pride is that they've been able to stay in the black for many years running.<P>I'd highly recommend them!

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Dec 14, 2000 1:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

I believe the AD of Philadanco is Joan Myers Brown, who also founded the company in the early 70s.<P>She studied with Tudor.

Author:  Basheva [ Thu Dec 14, 2000 2:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

Here is some more information on Phildanco - as it appears on Google:<BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sat Jan 06, 2001 4:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

'Philadanco takes West Point stage.' From the wonderfully named 'Pouhkeepsie Journal'. An interview with the AD and one of the dancers.<P><BR> <A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><BR>lifeentertainment/stories/li010501s3.shtml</A> <p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited January 06, 2001).]

Author:  grace [ Wed Jan 10, 2001 6:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

given the comments above, i hope no-one minds that i am moving this to MODERN DANCE..... Image

Author:  trina [ Thu Jan 11, 2001 12:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

Thanks Grace!!!

Author:  Christina [ Thu Jan 11, 2001 1:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

Just a bit of trivia re Philadanco (which performed in the Big Easy a few years back) -- the wife of Teddy Pendergrass (great R&B singer who was in serious accident years ago) was (and may still be) in the company.

Author:  Azlan [ Mon Jan 22, 2001 11:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

Exciting news:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Philadanco, Regional Performing Arts Center sign 3-year contract</B><P>The deal, the first for the new center, gives the dance group its first permanent home in its 30-year history.<P>By Eils Lotozo, Philadelphia Inquirer<P>West Philadelphia-based, internationally celebrated dance company Philadanco has become the first performing arts group to sign on as a resident company of the Regional Performing Arts Center.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>More</A></B>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu May 31, 2001 6:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

Image <P><B>PHILADANCO STEPS LIVELY AT 31</B> <BR> <BR>The Philadelphia Dance Company brings world-class artistry to the Prince Theater stage.<P><BR>By RENEE LUCAS WAYNE for The Philedelphia Daily News <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>UNDER THE ARTISTIC direction of Joan Myers Brown, the Philadelphia Dance Company is celebrating its 31st season of bringing world-class dance to stages here and abroad.<P>A fitting testament to its artistry and longevity is tonight's premiere of "Messages from the Heart," a full evening of commissioned dance works.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>More...</B></A>

Author:  Basheva [ Sun Jun 03, 2001 4:54 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:<P><B>Philadanco presents four new creations</B><P>Bing J. Mark <BR>FOR THE INQUIRER <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Philadanco opened its 31st annual spring concert series Thursday with Messages From the Heart, a sly and thoughtful program of four new works by four nationally known choreographers. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><BR>

Author:  Azlan [ Fri Aug 03, 2001 10:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

From a press release:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Local Girl Scouts and Philadanco Team Up for Dance Program<P>PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Some girls spend their summer at camp, hanging out with friends, or working part-time. Twenty-seven Girl Scouts will get to be center-stage and work with a renowned professional dance company. ``Let's Dance'' is a week-long program, running from August 5-10, 2001, with the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco). The program is a regional collaboration based on the Girl Scouts Wider Opportunities program.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><a href= target=_blank>More</a>

Author:  Basheva [ Sun Aug 12, 2001 6:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Philadanco

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:<P> Image <P><B>For Philadanco, Poland proves challenging tour </B> <BR> <BR>By Merilyn Jackson <BR>FOR THE INQUIRER <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>KRAKOW, Poland - The indomitable Joan Myers Brown and her dance troupe, Philadanco, are no strangers to travel. In the 1990s, they collected baggage checks from Turkey, Italy, Germany, Canada and Britain. Last year took them to a dance festival in Korea, which "had its difficulties," Brown allowed, "but was one of the best tours ever. Travel has two objectives: to introduce the company to new audiences and to allow the dancers to experience different cultures."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><BR>

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