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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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  • 2014 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances 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

    More than 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. Each new season brings a combination of classical performances, world premieres and timeless traditions, including the beloved holiday performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.

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  • 2014 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • PECO Multicultural Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Lively festivals that celebrate the city’s diversity all summer long

    The Hispanic Fiesta at Penn’s Landing is one of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, drawing upwards of 15,000 people each day.

    The PECO Multicultural Series is a popular series of diverse and free events at Penn’s Landing throughout the summer.

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  • Caribbean Festival

    The sights and sounds of the Caribbean converge on Penn’s Landing

    The Caribbean Festival takes place at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing.

    Travel to the Islands without leaving Philadelphia for the annual Caribbean Festival at Penn’s Landing Great Plaza. This free festival of Caribbean traditions, music and food is a culturally rich celebration of 14 Caribbean Islands featuring a collage of sights, sounds, aromas and tastes.

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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 Presents
    George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

    Philadelphia holiday tradition with Pennsylvania Ballet

    Pennsylvania Ballet dancers perform “The Nutcracker”

    December 6-31, 2014
    Celebrate the 46th year of one of Philadelphia’s favorite holiday traditions during as the Pennsylvania Ballet presents 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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