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

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Pennsylvania Ballet’s lovely ‘Giselle’ is more classic than it is Corella

"Giselle" is one of the most beloved ballets of all time, but Is it a love story or a ghost story?

BalletX opens at the Wilma Theater with street dance that’s again on point, this time in sneakers and toe shoes

Lil Buck’s "Express" had its East Coast premiere. Also on the sparkling BalletX spring program: World premieres by Nicolo Fonte and the promising Katarzyna Skarpetowska.

Ian Hussey to retire from Pennsylvania Ballet after a lifetime spent on stage

At Ian Hussey has been involved with Pennsylvania Ballet for most of his life: 15 years as a professional dancer, 24 including roles he danced as a student. But in May, the beloved principal dancer will take his final bow with the company.

Rennie Harris pays homage to Alvin Ailey in a masterpiece of street dance

Philadelphia choreographer Rennie Harris was given an enormous assignment when he was asked to make a piece honoring Alvin Ailey (the man) for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th anniversary. But what Harris made was a masterpiece.

40 of America’s elite dancers surprise Philadanco founder Joan Myers Brown with a toast

“We are your children,” said a grateful contingent from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem, both in Philly to perform this weekend at separate venues.

Two world-famous troupes visit Philly in a weekend extravaganza of black dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem are not just in Philadelphia the same weekend. They open the same night.

Pa. Ballet will dance controversial ‘La Bayadère’ in its 2019-2020 season, being announced today

“La Bayadère” is one of the most beautiful and beloved historical full-length ballets. But also one that has been called racially insensitive.

In Philadelphia dance, a Rennie Harris masterpiece, Pennsylvania Ballet’s ‘Giselle,’ much more

BalletX brings three more world premieres. Brian Sanders' JUNK partners with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Philadelphia Contemporary mounts site-specific dances exploring the African-American religious experience.

See it first: UArts teacher’s new dance is being previewed by Martha Graham’s company at Annenberg

Bobbi Jene Smith is the co-creator of "Deo," premiering Friday night as part of Martha Graham Dance Company's EVE program spotlighting women choreographers.

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.