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

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Pennsylvania Ballet presents new choreographers, with mixed success

Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Angel Corella is presenting world premieres by Yin Yue, Juliano Nunes, and Garrett Smith. There were some bumps on opening night, but the spirit of experimentation is welcome and the program worth seeing.

Adam Rippon won ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ now he’s coming to Philly — with his new book

Rippon is speaking at the Free Library to promote his new memoir, "Beautiful on the Outside." The Scranton native says Philly was a second, "much cooler" home to him when he was a kid.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Don Quixote,’ a comic delight that bears repeating

Even though it’s been three and a half years since Pennsylvania Ballet last danced "Don Quixote," it’s more polished this time around. There are a good many new dancers in the company, but most of the principal roles were danced by ones who were here the first time.

This pop-up Halloween adventure in a South Philly church building has dancing zombies, phantom phone booths, and more

The dance company Brian Sanders' JUNK celebrates Halloween with the ambitious "2nd Sanctuary," a multi-part adventure that also includes an escape room, a labyrinth, and a zombie bar and disco.

Alumni, including Leslie Odom Jr., make even the serious a celebration as Philadanco marks 50 years

The program, called “Genesis,” was meant to honor three choreographers whose work spanned Philadanco’s history. But it also was a homecoming for four generations of dancers, both on stage and in the audience, all of whom trained under Joan Myers Brown, now 87.

Philadanco gets $420k grant to help lay groundwork for Joan Myers Brown’s succession

The company has long struggled financially. This is its second sizable national grant as the troupe approaches its 50th anniversary.

Angel Corella has a big show opening at Pa. Ballet — and a ‘Nutcracker’ prop with $100,000 in upgrades stashed in a hangar near the airport

Pennsylvania Ballet is opening its season Oct. 10 with "Don Quixote." The refurbished tree debuts Dec. 6.

Philadanco, heading into 50th anniversary, names interim executive director

Going into it’s 50th anniversary season, Philadanco has hired an interim executive director, artistic director Joan Myers Brown announced Wednesday night.Elgie Gaynell Sherrod will relieve Brown of one of her many hats, handling the organization’s business side and new strategic plan.

Fall dance: Philadanco kicks off 50th anniversary celebration, with Leslie Odom Jr. back home to sing

Pennsylvania Ballet and BalletX are presenting five world premieres between them. And Brian Sanders' JUNK is offering a make-your-own adventure.

I shouted and Wobbled and vogued and ‘flocked’ on the streets of South Philly last weekend, and it was art

The "nomadic " Fringe Festival production "Úumbal" premiered on Saturday and repeats this coming weekend. Our writer is one of 44 community recruits out dancing in the streets.