Upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation
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

Falling Apart, Collectively
Photo: Jakub Wittchen

Falling Apart, Collectively

"...a poetry of associations that oscillate around islands of topics: femininity, monstrosity, the unknown..."

Megan Bridge
August 1, 2014

Called to Washington to Honor the Honorees
Photo: Pete Souza

Called to Washington to Honor the Honorees

Our reporter covers the White House ceremony honoring National Medal of Arts awardees.

Lisa Bardarson
August 7, 2014

Mary Anthony: A Great Teacher Will Never Die
Photo: Kenn Duncan

Mary Anthony: A Great Teacher Will Never Die

I first met Mary Anthony when I was sixteen years old...at the age of 89, she was teaching a vibrantly physical class that left me winded.

Kalila Kingsford Smith
August 10, 2014

City of Dance
Photo: Bicking Photography

City of Dance

The Come Together Festival celebrates the abundance of well-crafted local dance in a range of genres including hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet.

P. Graham
August 30, 2014


Meet the Writers: Nicole Bindler

  What would your parents say about your work in the arts? My grandmother was a violin virtuoso who won an award and was invited to play at Carnegie Hall…
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Meet the Writers: Whitney Weinstein

What would your parents say about your work in the arts? Always reach for your dreams and be original, but remember you have rent. Find a balance of creative…
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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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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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Community Conversation: Lisa K's Keynote

September 2, 7:30pm at CultureWorks, 1315 Walnut, suite 320
FREE and open to everyone.

TD Editor Lisa Kraus  gave the Dance Critics Association Conference Keynote Address this June. She'll reprise the talk and then open out for questions and conversation.

Refreshments served.
Hope to see you there!


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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