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Philadelphia Dance Company Returns to Susquehanna Stage

Published on September 16, 2011

PHILADANCO, the Philadelphia Dance Company, will present “Best of 40—PHILADANCO’s Greatest Hits” Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater at Susquehanna University.

Before the performance, at 6:30 p.m., representatives of the company will conduct an informal discussion in the theater, followed by a 30-minute intermission.

Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, and is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. The group is celebrated worldwide for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Inherent in its mission is a commitment to empowering youth with leadership and development skills that foster achievement and success in the world of dance and everyday life.

“PHILADANCO has performed a number of times on our campus,” said Valerie Martin, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications at Susquehanna. “They are an internationally recognized company of excellent quality, and very captivating. We’ve been so impressed, we try to find opportunities to bring them back to campus on a regular basis.”

The project is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for non-SU students. They can be purchased from the box office in person or by calling 570-372-ARTS, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.

The event is part of the Susquehanna University Artist Series, presenting internationally acclaimed artists of dance, music and theater for the university and larger community since 1902. The Artist Series seeks to encourage an aesthetic appreciation of diverse cultures as well as the artistic heritage of humankind. Performances are often linked in ways that advance intellectual engagement through master classes, lectures or content of the artistic presentation.

Karen M. Jones


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