Ellen Dunkel is the digital news editor and dance critic for the Inquirer.

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Cirque du Soleil takes to the ice for the first time with ‘Crystal’

The show, which melds acrobatics and skating, comes to the Wells Fargo Center June 20-23.

Hot dates in dance: A BalletX ‘Little Prince,’ rising-star choreographers, and offseason work for Pa. Ballet dancers

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's new 'Little Prince' for BalletX is the most anticipated performance on this summer's dance calendar — in Philadelphia and beyond.

Philadanco is bringing back Leslie Odom Jr. of ‘Hamilton’ fame for alumni performance

The Broadway star, a Philadanco alum, is part of a gala 50th anniversary season that will bring the company to Philadelphia stages three times instead of the usual two.

Pennsylvania Ballet names one new principal dancer and two whole new ranks of soloists

Artistic director Angel Corella promoted Zecheng Liang to the principal spot vacated by Ian Hussey, who retired on Sunday. It also added two new ranks of dancers.

At Pennsylvania Ballet, a new Elo and a farewell to principal dancer Ian Hussey

The 2018-2019 version of Pennsylvania Ballet is going out on a high note this week with a trio of ballets: one they’ve danced before, the new work, and a Jerome Robbins piece that has been around for decades but never in the Pennsylvania Ballet repertoire.

Four historic Philly churches are the unlikely stages for an important new work of American dance

Church of the Advocate, St. Peter’s Episcopal, Old Pine Street Presbyterian, and Mother Bethel AME host a thoughtful new work.

Bodytraffic brings Neenan back home

It’s a bit of a surreal delight to see a visiting company bring a Neenan piece to us. "A Million Voices," set to songs by Peggy Lee, got its Philadelphia premiere Friday night when Bodytraffic opened at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Koresh Dance Company sets Matisse’s ‘La Danse’ in motion

Ronen Koresh brought Matisse's 1910 masterpiece to the stage in a delightful world premiere for his Philadelphia company, Koresh Dance, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.

Philadanco soars with ‘Philly Style’ premieres by Beyoncé's choreographer, superstar Rennie Harris, and rising-star Dawn Marie Bazemore

Gearing up for its 50th anniversary in 2020, Philadanco celebrates its hometown with a “Dance Philly Style” program at the Kimmel Center.

Brian Sanders’ JUNK’s aerial ‘Romeo and Juliet’ feels surprisingly in sync with the Philadelphia Orchestra

It’s not everyone’s taste to see Juliet and her Romeo flying on straps above the horn section. But the odd combination works.