Throughout the year, Philadelphia Dance Projects presents stimulating and provocative programs, from performances by renowned independent dance artists and companies to film events, workshops, classes, educational programs, and forums for artists, aspiring artists, and students, all geared toward a broad-based audience.

Tori Lawrence JUNKSPACE February 22 and 23

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm
Tori Lawrence JUNKSPACE February 22 and 23

Wednesday January  22 and Thursday January 23 at 7PM  

Tori Lawrence JUNKSPACE
at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street Phila PA 19106


Tori Lawrence + Co. is a New York City-based group of movement artists, musicians, filmmakers and designers who embed their art into unconventional settings.  Choreographer, Tori Lawrence creates immersive site-specific dances, interdisciplinary performance installations of austere beauty exploring in imaginative ways the relationship between body and environment.  “JUNKSPACE” is site-adaptive multimedia performance  featuring performer/collaborators: dancers Ellie Goudie-Averill, Jungwoong Kim and Jenna Riegel  with musicians Cole Highnam, and Seth Wenger.

The company has been presented nationally and internationally, including three site-specific project commissions by The Barnes Foundation.  They have recently been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo (New York), PLAYA (Oregon), Chez Bushwick (NYC) and BRUNAKRA (Sweden).

Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Questioning Ableism in Dance Teaching Practices with Bailey Anderson

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 1:00pm

Join Dance TAG for a workshop on ableism in dance. We will explore the implications of the social model of disability through a dance class containing improvisation, choreography, movement scores, and conversation. A social model of disability invites us to reflect on how social relationships and environments (like architecture) create ideas about disability, stigma, and norms. We will consider rigor, accessibility, cueing, forgetfulness, and interdependence. Come for a unique chance to think about the role ableism plays in dance and to develop practical tools for teaching dance to an expansive community.

Bailey Anderson is an activist, artist, scholar, and teacher who mediates knowledge through the body. Bailey has explored disability and choreography with Alice Sheppard, Rosemarie Garland Thompson, and Victoria Marks as part of UCLA’s inaugural Dancing Disability Cohort. Their work has been presented at the Canadian Society for Dance Studies, Sans Souci Dance Film Festival, in London at the Society for Dance Research, and at the Body-Mind Centering Conference. Bailey received degrees from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and an MFA in Dance with a specialization in Disability Studies and Somatics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Bailey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ursinus College.   

At Mandell Theater Studio, Drexel University
3220 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Megan Mazarick & Marion Ramirez: Two Philadelphia based artists  share a program.

Megan Mazarick, choreographer, teacher, performer, collaborator and curator, creates work that is humorous, serious, theatrical, and personal, often including a stop motion physicality and a love of fantasy.  Mazarick. along with other work, will perform her knock-out solo, “Boundaries”  a series of dance theater sketches and movement vignettes with more overtly political subject matter, which she created during a PDP BILATERAL: Budapest/Philadelphia Dance Artist Exchange in 2017.

Her choreography has been presented in Philadelphia at Live Arts Festival, nEW Festival, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and PARD, and in New York City at Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, and Dance New Amsterdam.  She has toured throughout the USA as part of various dance festivals and events, and internationally at Budapest’s Trafo Theatre, Bulgaria’s BlackBox Theater and Dance Festival, Singapore Fringe Festival, Zielony Jazdow Festival in Warsaw, and By Change Festival in Cairo.  

Marion Ramirez, for over 15 years has been immersed in the practice of Kinetic Awareness and Body-Mind Centering®.  Her work uses dance as a vehicle to inhabit the body’s sense of agency, to empower self-knowledge, to approach cultural exchange, to resist violence and to engage respectfully with the world.   She will present solo and duet excerpts from “kNots and Nests,” recently commissioned by Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance. She has worked as a performer, choreographer and educator in Puerto Rico, Cuba, London and New York.


Christ Church Neighborhood House
20 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

What's Your Angle? Lessons Learned from Mixing Geometry and Dance with Toni Duncan

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 1:00pm

This workshop will take you through a series of lessons developed to boost middle school students’ love and success in math, specifically geometry. Toni Duncan has developed and fine-tuned a dance unit that focuses on angles, triangles, circles, diameters and circumferences. The concepts are supported and enriched by artistic experiences. Pre- and post-tests support her observation that the students get it! Come get it for yourself!

Toni Duncan has been a dance faculty member at the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School’s Center for Performing and Fine Arts since 2011. She earned her MA in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado and holds a BA in Dance and a BS in Marketing from DeSales University. She has taught at Feet First Dance Center in Phoenixville since 1999. Toni enjoys integrating dance with academic subjects, form math to poetry. 

Cardell Dance Studio
1713 Melon Street
Philadelphia, PA

Reassembling Corporeal Knowledge, an evening of short videos and live solos and duets. March 18 and 19

10 to $15
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm
Reassembling Corporeal Knowledge, an evening of short videos and live solos and duets. March 18 and 19

The program features dance by Danielle Currica, Kat Sullivan and Paige Phillips, with videos by Chamecki/Lerner, Amalia Colon-Nava and Anne-Marie Mulgrew.

Danielle Currica will perform a new dance solo currently in process. The movement qualities of the work are an amalgamation of free form movements influenced by dance styles house, African, ballet, modern with a nod to vaudeville and aspects of audience engagement and eye connection informed of Burlesque.

Paige Phillips will present an excerpt from “Apres moi,l’obsurite”  a work that  is concerned with recontextualizing rituals and imagery from pop-culture and religion to better understand identity politics.

Kat Sullivan is a writer, curator, choreographer/performer. Her duet “Reign” will be presented

Anne-Marie Mulgrew Founder/Artistic Director of Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co, a 33-year old experimental modern dance company for whom she has created more than 71 major works that have appeared on traditional concert stages, festivals, alternative venues, unusual places, museums and film in the United States and Canada.   Her short video “The Han Project” will be screened.


Chamecki/Lerner based in NYC is a 25-year collaboration between Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, creating a body of work that includes dance performances, video and installation pieces.  Their performance work and film work has been presented in the US. They have done extensive international touring.

at Fringe Arts
140 North Columbus Blv.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Past Events

BILATERAL 2019 Budapest/Philadelphia Dance Artist Residency Exchange

July 8, 2019 (All day)

Two Philadelphia dance artists will be invited to explore dance and other cultural resources, as research for their own creative work and professional growth, in a 3 week Residency in Budapest, Hungary this Fall 2019, from September 30 thru October 23.

GAME ON! Learning through Movement-based Games with Adina Sosenberg

April 28, 2019 - 1:00pm

Calling all folks who would like to play, dance and have fun! Throughout her career, Adina Rosenberg has adapted Marianne Torbert’s work in cooperative games to offer players a dynamic experience that highlights creativity in movement, problem solving, and physical/social/emotional skill-building. The interactive chal- lenge combined with the elimination of competition promotes opportunities for joy and personal success.

HULA HOOPS and TAP SHOES: Dance your way to math with Christine Colosimo

March 31, 2019 - 1:00pm

Connect to the world of math explored through dance. Hula hoops will lead us to pre-multiplication concepts and tap dance rhythms will take us to multiplication facts, associative and distributive properties, and more. Pick up some learning theory and teaching tools to spark your imagination for connecting academic content to dance. Bring tap shoes if you have them; extra pairs will be provided. These activities are geared towards pre-k through third grade but can be adapted to other settings and populations.

¡VAMANOS A BAILAR! with Maestro Flaco

March 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

Come to Dance TAG for a chance to check out the world of Latin partner dancing with one of the area’s best teachers! Maestro Flaco will show you the moves, discuss the history, and teach you why this kind of dance is so popular… and important. Learn strategies and tips he has developed in dance residencies and classes and apply them to many kinds of teaching.

Marck “Flaco” Best, a master teaching artist certified by Columbia University’s Teachers’ College, has been teaching social dance for more than 20 years.


December 2, 2018 - 1:00pm

Sunday, December 2                 
1:00 – 3:00 pm                 
Community Education Center