Lynn Dally served as a Center panelist in dance in 2013. She is the artistic director of the Jazz Tap Ensemble (JTE), which she co-founded in 1979. A Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer, she has created a large body of original tap choreographies and performed worldwide on tour with the JTE. She has appeared with numerous tap legends, from the Nicholas Brothers to Brenda Bufalino. In 2012, JTE was selected by Dancemotion USA, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, as one of four dance companies to represent American dance artistry around the globe. Among her many grants and awards, she was the first tap dancer to receive the Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography (in 2001), and a recipient of the “Hoofer Award” at the 2006 New York Tap City Festival. Her work has been commissioned by many companies and venues, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Joyce Foundation, and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Dally is currently emeritus adjunct professor in UCLA’s department of world arts and cultures. She is the author of “No Maps on My Taps: An Appreciation,” which appears in the anthology Envisioning Dance.
Kenneth Goldsmith is the author of 10 books of poetry, a senior editor of PennSound, and the first participant in the Center’s Push Me, Pull You project.
Founded in 1982, Choral Arts Philadelphia has performed nearly 300 works by more than 100 composers.
Boris Charmatz is a choreographer, dancer, and director of Musée de la danse (Museum of Dance).
Steve Zeitlin is the founding director of City Lore, an organization dedicated to the preservation of New York City’s—and America’s—living cultural heritage.
Dancer, choreographer, and 2011 Pew Fellow Tania Isaac presented a performance installation in June 2013, at which audiences were encouraged to share their thoughts through photos, writing, and self-recordings.
Bill T. Jones is an artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer, as well as the founder of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane and executive artistic director New York Live Arts.
A retrospective of selected dances by Trisha Brown, an internationally known leader of post-modernism and an enduring renegade whose work has rarely been seen in Philadelphia.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding director of Urban Bush Women, on why “wanting profound social change and being an artist [are] not contradictory or binary places.”
Twelve years after its debut, Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series presented this work with the John Jasperse Company.
Contemporary Renaissance man, 2011 Pew Fellow, and “idea factory” Jorge Cousineau counts set design, lighting design, videography, and music composition among his talents.
Theater artist Alex Torra creates devised, experimental performances that combine theater, dance, and music.
In addition to company productions, Group Motion hosts regular improvisational movement workshops, which allow the public to employ dance as a language of expression.