Upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation
“color FULL” Premieres at Mascher
Photo: Jen Kertis-Veit

“color FULL” Premieres at Mascher

Loren Groenendaal, a playful interrogator of ideas and sensations, suggests that a colorful palette should be at the ready in the studio and in performance.

Jonathan Stein
May 31, 2014

Espying Balletic Heights
Photo: Paul Masck

Espying Balletic Heights

On watching American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet in two widely varied programs.

Lynn Matluck Brooks
June 2, 2014

How Do You Frame a Well-Made Dance?
Photo: Robert J. Randall

How Do You Frame a Well-Made Dance?

Barr's piece could very well be about the laundry pile that never diminishes...the breath that insists on being taken every couple seconds without fail.

Annie Wilson
June 3, 2014

Riffing on Shenanigans
Photo: Bundesarchive

Riffing on Shenanigans

Guest contributor Ingram continues to chew on lingering questions that arose during the rich process of working with David Gordon.

Germaine Ingram
June 17, 2014

Marlon Barrios Solano: Drawn to the Screen
Photo: Marlon Barrios Solano

Marlon Barrios Solano: Drawn to the Screen

Solano, a Venezuelan artist and researcher, creates projects using online tools to discover new experiences of embodiment.

Lisa Kraus
June 24, 2014

Tango Reunion
Photo: Helio Ha

Tango Reunion

Reflections on the 4th Philadelphia International Tango Festival.

Carolyn Merritt
June 25, 2014

Report from the Dance/USA Conference, Minneapolis
Photo: @DanceNYC

Report from the Dance/USA Conference, Minneapolis

I approached the conference the same way you might anticipate seeing a charming but volatile ex.

Ellen Chenoweth
July 4, 2014

Cool Dancing in Warm Spaces
Photo: Myra Bazell

Cool Dancing in Warm Spaces

Myra Bazell and Jane Gotch reunite after fifteen years in The Iron Factory's June Presenting Series.

Lisa Bardarson
July 7, 2014

The Simplicity of X:  BalletX and Organizational Sustainability
Photo: Bill Hebert

The Simplicity of X: BalletX and Organizational Sustainability

Along with its strong repertoire and artistry, BalletX is managing to find financial and commercial success.How do they do i?

Eleanor Goudie-Averill
July 8, 2014

Dancing to Make a Difference (on the Schuylkill)
Photo: Jacques-Jean Tiziou

Dancing to Make a Difference (on the Schuylkill)

Dragon boats, canoes, kayaks, a music boat--an art flotilla bringing people onto the river for enjoyment and advocacy.

Whitney Weinstein
July 14, 2014

BalletX in Flight
Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

BalletX in Flight

Collaborators Neenan and Langabeer fashion a dreamlike adventure tale full of magical effects, spirited dancing and varied, wonderfully-played music.

Lisa Kraus
July 18, 2014

Dancing 'round the Globe
Photo: Lynn Matluck Brooks

Dancing 'round the Globe

Immersing body and soul in a warm and roiling bath of dance, dance, dance at the World Dance Alliance Global Summit it Angers, France.

Lynn Matluck Brooks
July 20, 2014


More Online Dance Learning: A Letter from Stephan Koplowitz

To the Editor:   I just was on a skype call with Scott deLaHunta and he mentioned TD's wonderful article on Marlon's Meta Academy and also mentioned…
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Dance Critic/Poets

Why do we write dance criticism journalistically? This was the question posed by Kirsten Kaschock as she led the thINKingDANCE workshop on June 14th. The…
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Asimina Chremos Shares a Thorny Issue with thINKingDANCE

Asimina Chremos is no stranger to the Philadelphia dance scene.  She was a prominent presence in the City of Brotherly Love from the early 90’s…
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Public Square

P.S. 39: Artistic Sustainability

Despite Philly's being an inexpensive city with a vibrant arts and theater culture, artists are struggling financially. Is living as an artist  actually sustainable in Philadelphia? At the Philadelphia Artists Summit over 100 dance and theater artists asked this question and  brainstormed about new models for artists' support and advocacy. What would help you support your artistic life more sustainably? What are grassroots ways for our community to make that possible? What are next steps towards a more optimal arts economy in Philadelphia?

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Performance Club!

Free and open to everyone.

Next up:  Koresh Dance Company's Come Together Festival  on Friday, July 25th, 8pm, Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

Join thINKingDANCE writer(s) for conversation following the show at Perch Pub, 1345 Locust at Broad. We're playing with different structures for these chats. Be part of the process!

RSVP with Patty Graham, tocaya.pg@gmail.com
and she'll fill you in on any special admission deals.  (Attendees purchase their own tickets to the show.)


A Bit About Us

thINKingDANCE was started to catalyze conversation about dance and to develop the skills of dance writers in the Philadelphia area. Our initial year-long training scheme was funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. We continue to hold workshops with great visiting dance writers and monthly peer-critique sessions, and engage in lots of editor/writer dialogue. Now nearly three years old, we've published almost five hundred articles drawing attention to Philadelphia’s robust and diverse dance community. Read more.


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