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Philadanco dancers to perform in city Saturday

September 13, 2007

The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) will perform at The Maryland Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.

Philadanco is a modern contemporary dance company that tours nationally and internationally. The company performs as many as 50 to 60 concerts and 45 residencies annually, reaching an estimated 100 million people a year through broadcasts, and more than 100,000 people in live audiences.

"I have worked with Philadanco in NYC," said Brian Sullivan, executive director of The Maryland Theatre. "It brings me great pleasure to have invited the dance company to perform at The Maryland Theatre to share the energetic power to our area. I want to witness children and parents dancing as they leave the theater, after seeing the show."

Philadanco was founded by Joan Myers Brown in 1970. The company was one of the first companies to hire its dancers on a 52-week salary, the first to own housing for the dancers and the first to own a debt-free facility. It was also the company that founded the International Conference of Black Dance Companies and International Association of Blacks in Dance.

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Over the years, Philadanco has trained thousands of dancers. The instruction and training program consists of 40 weeks of intensive training in various dance techniques by nationally renowned teachers in ballet, jazz, modern and distinct techniques. Each participant is selected by open auditions monitored by teachers, supporters and staff. Instruction and training participants experience a wide range of opportunities to learn, work and perform. On Saturday afternoon, 30 local dance students will be benefiting from the company's expertise, through the specially-arranged Philadanco's Master Class.

Philadanco has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. Saturday's performance in Hagerstown is presented by The Maryland Theatre and the Washington County Arts Council. For tickets, call The Maryland Theatre ticket office on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 301-790-2000 or visit The Maryland Theatre online at www.mdtheatre.org. All tickets are $20.

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