New Work with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles

Karen Callaway Williams, Jaye Allison, Delphine T. Mantz, Jilisa McCullough, Crystal Johnson, Tamica Boyce, Britney Davis, Kashmir Williams, and Ashley Bridgewater performing For Dancers Only. Photo by M. Enbion Oh.

Jaye Allison created a new work with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group, honoring the memory of five women tap legends who were the original Silver Belles: Harriet Brown, Baby Edwards, Bertye Lou Wood, Hortense Allen, and Hazel Walker. The craft and legacies of tap dancing are ideally passed down in their cultural context, which dancer Jaye Allison felt was a gap that this project could address. The Silver Belles taught their signature work For Dancers Only to a second generation of dancers. For Dancers Only was presented at the Philly Tap Challenge ‘09, a yearly tap festival founded by Allison.

International choreographers and dancers Sidi Larbi and Shantala Shivalingappa presented performances at FringeArts’ 2011 festival, including the American debut of their duet Play.

Grants & Grantees

Francis Di Fronzo is a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

The Kimmel Center, Inc., best known as a presenting organization and home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, is one of the most well-attended cultural venues in Philadelphia.

The award-winning choreographer’s striking approach was exemplified in Artifact Suite, which received its Philadelphia premiere with Pennsylvania Ballet in June 2013 performances.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Wendy Perron is a writer, dancer, choreographer, and editor-at-large of Dance Magazine. Perron is a former member of the Trisha Brown Company.

Ballet répétiteurs such as Lincoln work one-on-one with dance artists to articulate and find the essence of a character or particular portrayal that becomes distinctive to their physicality.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pam Tanowitz is a choreographer and the founder of Pam Tanowitz Dance. In 2015, she served as a Performance LOI panelist.

WRTI spoke with Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser about the company’s final offering of the 2012–13 season.

Grants & Grantees

Piffaro recorded composer Kile Smith’s Vespers with The Crossing choir.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Theatre Company is dedicated to producing contemporary American plays and has produced nearly 40 world premieres since 1975.

Grants & Grantees

Laurence Salzmann is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Jahmae Harris is a writer and a 1998 Pew Fellow.