Perform at Philadelphia Dance Day!

Itching to perform? Come heat up the outdoor “stage” this summer at the Philadelphia Dance Day showcase on Saturday, July 31!

This amazing nonprofit community festival has brought hundreds of people out to dance in past years, and we’re so excited to revive the fun this summer! Since we’re still on the tail end of the pandemic and not yet ready for large groups gathering indoors, the 2021 event will be held mostly outdoors at Markward/Taney Park. After a series of free daytime dance workshops, the festival ends with an evening showcase featuring the most wonderfully eclectic mix of routines performed by local instructors, semi-professional dancers and student groups.

Philly Dance Fitness is the primary organizer of this volunteer-run event, and it’s always a highlight of the summer!  This year, our instructors will be putting together student routines in tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, belly dance, ballet and Bollywood. Whether you’re a beginner or a longtime dancer, we’ve got a place for you to shine on stage, so don’t be afraid to join in!

Dance Day Performance Series

The following routines are open to all levels and will be taught during 60-minute sessions held over 3-4 consecutive weeks.

Diva Pop Jazz

  • Instructor: Jody Thigpen
  • Rehearsals: 
    • Tuesdays at 8 p.m. — 4 weeks starting July 6
    • Studio: Rittenhouse (1923 Chestnut)
  • Cost: $60. Register here.

Contemporary

  • Instructor: Kayla Babicki
  • Rehearsals: 
    • Sundays at 12 p.m. — 3 weeks starting July 11
    • Studio: Rittenhouse (1923 Chestnut)
  • Cost: $40. Register here.

Tap

  • Instructor: Kayla Babicki
  • Rehearsals: 
    • Sundays at 11 a.m. — 3 weeks starting July 11
    • Studio: Rittenhouse (1923 Chestnut)
  • Cost: $40. Register here.

Dance Day Mini-Series

These routines will be taught in part during ongoing group classes. The group classes will remain open to anyone — those who do not wish to perform are still encouraged to come and simply learn part of the combination for fun. Performers must also sign up for the 3-4 week-long “mini series” held for a half-hour after class to polish the moves, work on stage presence and finalize blocking.

Ballet

  • Instructor: Beverly Holskin
  • Rehearsals:
    • Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. — 4 weeks starting July 6
    • Performers should also attend the preceding Ballet I class at 7 p.m.
    • Studio: Midtown (1301 Locust St)
  • Cost: Sign up for the ballet classes on Mindbody ($18 or free for members) and register here for the series ($40).

Bollywood

  • Instructor: Antima Chakraborty will be directing the Wednesday group & Teena Varghese will be directing the Monday group. Sign up for either or both!
  • Rehearsals: 
    • Mondays at 8 p.m. — 3 weeks starting July 12
      • Rittenhouse studio
      • Sign up for the Monday Bollywood Tech classes on Mindbody & register here for the series ($30)
    • Wednesdays at 9 p.m. — 3 weeks starting July 14
      • Midtown studio
      • Sign up for the Wednesday Bollywood Tech classes on Mindbody ($13 or free for members) & register here for the series ($30)

Hip-Hop

  • Instructor: Ricky Evans
  • Rehearsals: 
    • Saturdays at 1 p.m. — 3 weeks starting July 10
    • Performers should also attend the preceding Hip-Hop class at 12 p.m.
    • Studio: Rittenhouse (1923 Chestnut St)
  • Cost: Sign up for the Hip-Hop classes on Mindbody ($13 or free for members) & register here for the series ($30).

Belly Dance

  • Instructor: Selene Rose
  • Rehearsals: 
    • Mondays at 8 p.m. — 3 weeks starting July 12
    • Performers should also attend the preceding Belly Dance class at 7 p.m.
    • Studio: Midtown (1301 Locust St)
  • Cost: Sign up for the classes on Mindbody ($13 or free for members) & register here for the series.

Keep in mind that rehearsal absences can greatly impact blocking for the rest of the group, so please make sure you can commit to the entire series as well as the performance date when signing up.

The showcase will be held at 5 p.m. at Plays & Players Theater (1714 Delancey Place). 

While you’re adding rehearsal dates to your calendar, please also follow the Dance Day Facebook page and help us spread the word about this amazing festival! See you on stage!



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