Performing Companies


2016 Company-In-Residence: BalletX


BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. Through the daring vision of its award-winning founders Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The company is committed to producing new works of the highest quality and integrity that bring the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold, new dance.


Dorrance Dance Company


Bessie Award-winning Michelle Dorrance founded Dorrance Dance in 2011 after devoting 30 years to studying and performing tap. She’s been lauded by The New Yorker as “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today,” and is the first tap choreographer to receive a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship. Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Street, club and experimental dance forms – all of which are American dreams – awaken to the sound of furious rhythms and find their boundaries missing. Tap dance, America’s most long-standing indigenous jazz vernacular, is here to receive its due.


Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a performing ensemble, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program. Each component of Dance Theatre of Harlem carries a solid commitment towards enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts. Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences around the world.

Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance is a major new initiative that brings to the stage the outstanding works of America’s homegrown art, chosen by legendary dance-maker Paul Taylor. Featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company in masterpieces of the 20th century, along with extraordinary works by today’s preeminent choreographers – new creations by the most compelling voices of the next generation. PTAMD also performs premieres and acclaimed dances from the ever-growing repertoire of Paul Taylor, the last living member of the pantheon that established American modern dance. 


Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies


Syncopated Ladies

Syncopated Ladies is a Female Tap Dance Band from Los Angeles, CA created by critically acclaimed tap dancer and choreographer, Chloe Arnold. Discovered at an early age in Washington, DC by legendary choreographer Debbie Allen, Chloe has since gone on to perform on stages around the globe. Syncopated Ladies latest viral video covering Beyonce's hit song, Formation has gained international exposure with over 6 million views online after Beyonce shared the video on both her Facebook and website. Recently Syncopated Ladies performed on ABC's Good Morning America and previously were seen on Season 11 of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance as the winner of the first dance crew battle.