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PHILADANCO! presents

Dance Philly Style, April 12-14 at the Kimmel Center.

PHILADANCO! is lauded for its ability to use the power of dance to address important topical issues in an accessible way. For Dance Philly Style, Joan Myers Brown, the company’s vivacious founder, has crafted a show featuring acclaimed choreographers whose unique vision and style have shaped Philadelphia dance and influenced the art form worldwide; she specifically has chosen work from Philly-made choreographers, including an audience favorite from the late Gene Hill Sagan and exciting premieres from Rennie Harris and Dawn Marie Bazemore. The performance will also feature choreography from Anthony Burrell, known for his work on Beyoncé’s music videos “Formation,” “Sorry,” and her Super Bowl 50 performance. The work of these artists touches on African American traditions, socio-political issues, and other culturally-relevant themes.

 

 

UPenn’s African Rhythms — annual show this weekend!

Oro: Coming of Age
Friday, March 29 • 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 • 6:00 p.m.
Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut Street

“Oro” means “initiation” in Yoruba. This weekend, student members of UPenn’s African Rhythms dance and drum troupe will explore initiations, rites of passage and coming-of-age rituals in an all-new show. Tickets available online and at the door. For more information about African Rhythms, email africanrhythms.upenn@gmail.com.

 

Kulu Mele’s 2018-2019 season is generously sponsored in part by The Orisa Community Development Corporation, Joe Quinones, Chairman. Recognizing the survival of Orisa traditions globally as both a miracle and blessing, The Orisa CDC serves practitioners of Yoruba Orisa tradition within the New York and Philadelphia metro areas. Connect with the CDC on Facebook.

“1st Thursday” African dance classes for adults 16+

Next class: Thursday, April 4

Join Kulu Mele dance captain Ama Schley for African dance classes for adults age 16+, the first Thursday of each month. Next class: Thursday, March 7, 2019. All classes held at Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. $10 cash only at the door (exact change appreciated.) NO prior dance experience necessary. Come for FUN, community, a great workout and a cultural journey. TIP: Arrive early for a chance to find free on-site parking behind the building.

 

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