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Dance: Phildanco

By Julie Mullins · November 18th, 2008 · CityBeat Recommends

Philadanco, also known formally as Philadelphia Dance Company, stands out as one of the country’s top primarily African-American modern dance ensembles. This weekend, Contemporary Dance Theater brings Philadanco’s powerhouse performers to the Aronoff Center for a pair of shows.

Being a repertory company — one that performs works by various choreographers rather than by a single namesake leader — has enabled Philadanco’s Founder and Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown to work with some of the best in the business.

They are often compared with Alvin Ailey’s legendary company because they use some of the same choreographers — because there are a limited number of them, she says. Stylistically, the companies are not exactly dissimilar either.

But having founded Philadanco nearly 39 years ago, Brown has necessarily evolved with the times. Read a full interview with Brown here.



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