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

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Pa. Ballet virtual auction today offers salsa lessons with the stars, signed toe shoes, a backstage tour — and your own turn in the spotlight

The Pennsylvania Ballet’s silent auction and (virtual) luncheon at 11 a.m. today is an Emergency Relief Fund fund-raiser to help the company get back on its feet from the coronavirus upheaval.

Philly actors, musicians, dancers can’t imagine when they’ll work again: ‘It was like someone pulling the rug out from under you.’

We talked with talented artists from different disciplines, and at different stages of their careers, to take the pulse of the local arts community six weeks into the coronavirus closures.

Philadelphia arts and culture groups begin canceling, postponing performances

Threat of coronavirus has caused some arts groups to curtail their seasons and others to pare events.

Corella’s ‘Bayadère’ for Pennsylvania Ballet has merit, but stereotypes persist

Angel Corella’s impressive La Bayadère for Pennsylvania Ballet premiered Thursday at the Academy of Music. The artistic director's changes are a step in the right direction, but it still may not be for everyone.

Corella aims to erase stereotypes from his otherwise familiar ‘La Bayadère’

When Angel Corella’s "La Bayadère" premieres Thursday night at the Academy of Music, it will have nips and tucks throughout, to remove stereotypes and make it more culturally authentic. He hopes the result will be an even more special "Bayadère."

Spring 2020 dance in Philly: ‘La Bayadère,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ and the last dance for Joan Myers Brown

This spring’s dance scene brings us a number of intriguing world premieres from Philadelphia-based companies and some exciting work from visitors.

Paul Taylor’s famous troupe is back in Philly, now led by a UArts alum who used to wait tables at Marathon

For audience members who might be nervous about how the company has fared since September 2018, when then-company dancer Michael Novak succeeded his late boss, reviews have been positive.

Young dancers of color audition for top ballet companies, schools in a special Philly opportunity

For 49 ballerinas of color, Philadelphia was the place to be seen by some of the top companies and schools Sunday. It was the last of five auditions as the International Association for Blacks in Dance wrapped up its conference.


A backstage pass at Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

At least an hour before the curtain goes up on Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker, the dancers start arriving at the Academy of Music.

Behind the scenes at Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

How does the magic of the "Nutcracker" come together? Staff photographer Jose F. Moreno took his camera backstage at the Academy of Music to see. Time to fasten on the wings, practice pirouettes, and take a deep breath with the dancers.