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From a historical tradition that rocked the 1930s, to the dance boom of the past two decades, Philadelphia is a dancing city. With more than 50 professional dance companies and a number of excellent venues, the city boasts an internationally renowned modern dance company; a world-class ballet troupe; and African, hip-hop, tap, salsa, Flamenco, Asian and postmodern ensembles.

Spacious theaters on Broad Street’s Avenue of the Arts coexist with small, intimate spaces devoted to experimental ventures. Philly is an urban treasure trove offering a stunning array of performances and a wealth of talent with goodies for new audiences and dance connoisseurs.

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  • Merriam Theater

    Broadway touring shows in Philadelphia’s Center City

    Merriam Theater

    The Merriam Theater keeps with the Broadway touring tradition by importing recent hits and long running musicals for runs of varying length in Philadelphia.

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  • Fringe Festival

    Celebration of thought-provoking productions

    High-energy acrobatics of “Sequence 8”

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by Fringe Arts is the event to catch each September.

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  • The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    Variety programming of established international artists

    Banners on the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

    Since its founding in 1971, Annenberg has been an East Coast leader in presenting a multiplicity of performing arts. Now under the umbrella of Penn Presents it embraces The Zellerbach Theatre, Harold Prince Theatre, and Irvine Auditorium, all on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Its reach has grown far beyond the campus, drawing audiences from the suburbs and surrounding counties.

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  • Pennsylvania Ballet

    Celebrating 50 years of breathtaking performances

    Company Member Caralin Curcio in Jorma Elo’s Pulcinella.

    Captivating and inspiring, The Pennsylvania Ballet ranks as one of America’s foremost regional ballet companies.

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  • Fringe Festival

    Celebration of thought-provoking productions

    High-energy acrobatics of “Sequence 8”

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by Fringe Arts is the event to catch each September.

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  • Jeanne Ruddy Dance

    First positions

    Choreographer Jeanne Ruddy’s troupe stages original works out out of the versatile Performance Garage.

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  • Shubin Theatre

    A cozy venue hosting regional and touring performing arts shows

    A throwback to South Street’s bohemian origins, the intimate Shubin plays host to live dance, theater, music and every other performing art imaginable.

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  • Philadanco

    Pattern is movement

    Dancers of Philadanco perform.

    With a mission to celebrate African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco galvanizes a rich cross-section of Philadelphia’s performing-arts community.

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  • Philadelphia Folklore Project

    Listening is an artform

    Founded more than 25 years ago, the PFP works to sustain the widely varied cultural identities of its West Philly neighbors, a mission that comes to life in the form of concerts, workshops, exhibitions and education.

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  • Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker

    Philadelphia holiday tradition with Pennsylvania Ballet

    Pennsylvania Ballet dancers perform “The Nutcracker”

    This holiday season, celebrate with of one of Philadelphia’s greatest family traditions—the Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ at the Academy of Music.

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  • Society Hill Playhouse

    Theater for all at one of Philadelphia’s oldest theater halls

    A Performance at Society Hill Playhouse

    This is theater for people who don’t like theater . . . or who think they don’t.

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  • People’s Light and Theatre Company

    Excellent professional theater offering classical and contemporary plays

    People’s Light and Theatre Company

    Located in an idyllic suburban setting, People’s Light & Theatre Company boasts two “black box” theaters, one large and one small, as well as a lovely restaurant in a old farmhouse.

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  • Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

    The Painted Bride Art Center

    A leading presenter of experimental, multicultural performing arts

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