Ellen Dunkel is the digital news editor and dance critic for the Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com

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A local dance legend is pitching a new charter school for West Philly: Here’s why

Joan Myers Brown, who created Philadanco and taught both Leslie Odom Jr. and Lee Daniels, is collaborating with String Theory.

Meet Pennsylvania Ballet rising star Sydney Dolan

You'll want to say you knew her when.

Pa. Ballet’s 'Nutcracker’ turns 50 this year, and the first ‘Marie’ says that first time wasn’t all sugar plums and rainbows

Marie is considered a children’s role in most Nutcrackers today, but Barbara Sandonato was already a professional dancer 50 years ago when she danced the role in Pennsylvania Ballet’s first production.

BalletX shows new sophistication in three world premieres at the Wilma Theater

BalletX opens its fall program at the Wilma Theater. It includes a Titanic ballet and one dance choreographed partially over Skype.

Philadanco looks strong in latest Kimmel program

The "Choreographers on the Move" program presents favorites and world premieres by Milton Myers and Christopher Huggins.

Cuban triplet dancers are set to leap onto Philadelphia’s ballet scene … and then the world’s

For Angel, César, and Marcos Ramirez, joining the Cuban National Ballet was their plan B. Philadelphia's Rock School was plan A.

Pennsylvania Ballet ‘Petite Mort’ program puts the company’s distinct mark on modern

The program is a theme and variations, with Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort as theme and two world-premiere variations from Andrea Miller and company dancer Russell Ducker.

From waiting tables in Philly to leading one of the world’s most famous dance troupes

If you ate at Marathon on the Square in the early 2000s, the new director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company may have been your server.

Pennsylvania Ballet in a new (to us) Romeo & Juliet

"I ne'er saw true beauty till this night," Romeo said after meeting Juliet in Shakespeare's play. And indeed, those star-crossed lovers stunned Thursday night, when Pennsylvania Ballet opened its 55th season at the Academy of Music with the company premiere of Kenneth MacMillan's "Romeo & Juliet."

‘Romeo & Juliet,’ BalletX, Jessica Lang, and 12 more top picks for the Philadelphia fall dance season

Philadelphia's fall dance season brings a new Romeo & Juliet danced by Pennsylvania Ballet, world premieres from BalletX, a Kimmel Center program by Philadanco, and dancing all over the Barnes Foundation. Anna Deavere Smith visits for a dance-theater piece at Annenberg.