Dance exchange program brings more exposure to Philly scene

This year, local nonprofit Philadelphia Dance Projects has created a pilot performance series for bringing dancers from across the country to Philadelphia. It’s part of an exchange program for dancers that connects dance troupes from different parts of the country. The Philadelphia series comes to a close with this weekend’s performances.

This year, local nonprofit Philadelphia Dance Projects has created a pilot performance series for bringing dancers from across the country to Philadelphia. It’s part of an exchange program for dancers that connects dance troupes from different parts of the country. The Philadelphia series comes to a close with this weekend’s performances. From WHYY’s Arts and Culture desk, Alex Schmidt reports.

Transcript:
It’s not easy for budding and intermediate dance companies to take their work on the road. But dance groups across the country have found strength in numbers, with a touring network called SCUBA that shares dancers and choreographers among various venues. Philadelphia joined the network a few years ago. And, this year, Terry Fox, director of Philadelphia Dance Projects, decided it was time to create a performance series that brought artists to Philly for a full month of shows in February.

Fox: “We’ve had full houses for everything so I’m thrilled that people are coming to see this stuff, and there are also lots of new audiences, which is really great.”

Friday and Saturday are the closing performances of the series. Fox is planning Philadelphia Dance Projects 2010 to continue showcasing Philadelphia dancers in context with their peers.

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