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    • Photo credit: Juan C. Irizarry, Philadelphia Dance Photo Project

    Imagine the sweet melody of Whitney Houston’s “I Want To Dance With Somebody” or picture the brisk movement of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the classic film “Dirty Dancing.” Whatever it takes to get you in a dancing mood, do it, because…you guessed it… It’s National Dance Day!


    Technically the official day of celebration is Saturday, July 28, 2018, but over the past decades Philadelphia has developed such a dynamic dance scene that participants and spectators now have a wide variety of ways to engage in the art form year-round. Within the Greater Philadelphia area there are more than 50 dance companies, series, festival, schools, studios and clubs to indulge your dance craving. Whether you are interested in ballet, modern, bharatanatyam, burlesque, hip-hop, tap, swing, jazz or ballroom, Philly’s dance scene is as diverse as it is bountiful.


    Not sure where to start? We got you covered! Check out this list of the five ways to celebrate National Dance Day in the city!


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    1. Watch a World-Class Troupe Perform


    Philly hosts some of the most notable local and international professional dance troupes who perform throughout the year. These artists have the ability to touch our mind without saying a word by opening our senses to another form of communication. Some of the most notable dance troupes in the area include Philadanco, Pennsylvania Ballet, Rennie Harris Pure Movement, Kun Yang Lin, Ballet X and more. A must-see upcoming performance to support this National Dance Day is “PREMIER PRIMA” by the Chocolate Ballerina Co.
    • Photo credit: Juan C. Irizarry, Philadelphia Dance Photo Project
    2. Take a Dance Class or Workshop
    Whether you have danced professionally or never at all, a dance class taught by some of the most fun and professional choreographers in the city are a great way to engage with dance during National Dance Day. Artists teach classes throughout the year at local studios for an affordable price. Notable dance studios include Philly Dance Fitness, Koresh, and Viva La Veese. This weekend, many dance artists will be participating in “Philadelphia Dance Day”, which consists of 25 free workshops as well as a $10 evening gala and showcase.
    3. Study Professionally at a Local University or School


    For the artist who wants to pursue a professional career of dance, like anything in life, mastery is key to success. Professional dance is an extremely challenging craft that requires dedication, commitment and practice. Philadelphia is the home to a collection of schools and universities that provide prestigious dance programming. A few include Boyer College at Temple University, University of the Arts and Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. For grade school aged students, schools like the Rock School for Dance Education, School of Dance Arts and Living Arts Dance Studio are a few great choices.  
    4. Visit One of the Best Dance Clubs in the City


    If there is one thing we can say about the city of Philadelphia, the people here know how to throw a good dance party! If you’re not careful you may catch yourself in the middle of one of our renowned dance floors. The absolute best places to go for an amazing dance party include but are not limited to Trestle Inn, a 70s-80s theme bar and dance joint that will leave you feeling super groovy, Brasils or Cuba Libre, Latin dance clubs that offer salsa lessons for beginners on special nights, and Morgan’s Pier or Silk City two of the best pop, hip-hop and club sounds in the city.
    • Photo credit: Ian cross, Trestle Inn
    5. Check out Some Street Performers


    Dance has a rich history of street performance that works alongside beliefs in accessibility and histories of oppression. Some dancers didn’t have the platform or physical stage but nevertheless created their own opportunities. Other dancers may have had the platform but believed in sharing the purity of the art form with all who could watch and enjoy. Today, local dance artists can be caught freestyling at numerous locations within the city. One of the most popular locations is outside of the City Hall subway station on 15th and Market Street. Also, dance companies are known to host free street performances throughout the year. In fact, Modero & Company will be performing Saturday, July 28 @ 5:00 p.m. in FDR Park (Pattison Avenue and Tuscany Drive Philadelphia, PA 19148).

    Below are some additional upcoming events for you to enjoy! Remember you can always find upcoming dance events on our website at

    History After Hours: A Winter's Ball
    Museum of The American Revolution
    January 21st, 2020
    Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca "Entre Tú y Yo"
    Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
    January 15th, 2020 - February 2nd, 2020
    The Black Iris Project: A Mother's Rite
    Delaware Art Museum
    January 23rd, 2020
    throw down Thursday | Free
    Top Tomato Bar
    December 26th, 2019 - January 30th, 2020
    The Beat of Resistance Opening Reception+Dance Party
    Asian Arts Initiative
    January 24th, 2020 - January 25th, 2020
    Paul Taylor Dance Company
    Annenberg Center for the Performing...
    January 24th, 2020 - January 25th, 2020
    STIR TV: A Late Night Drag Live Sketch Comedy and Variety Show
    William Way LGBT Community Center
    January 24th, 2020
    Get You a Babe Who Can Do Both 10: Lightning Talks & Burlesque
    January 24th, 2020 - January 25th, 2020
    Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom
    Ars Nova Workshop
    January 25th, 2020
    The Blind Tiger Speakeasy Party
    Envoute: Magic & Burlesque
    September 14th, 2019 - September 12th, 2020
    Tango Social Dance and Live Music: Raul Jaurena, bandoneon, and Emiliano Messiez, piano
    Philadelphia Argentine Tango School
    January 25th, 2020 - January 26th, 2020
    Modern Master Class with Jon Lehrer
    Koresh Dance Company
    January 26th, 2020
    Nimbus Dance Works
    Rose Lehrman Arts Center
    January 29th, 2020
    Tap Repertory
    University of the Arts
    January 30th, 2020 - April 2nd, 2020
    Louisiana Dance Party featuring Mó MoJo
    Allons Danser
    January 31st, 2020

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