Top Picks For Dynamic Dance Shows In Philly This February

From the finest classical ballet to poignant modern movement, Philadelphia hosts a range of choreographic delights this month.

We think something about a dance performance — the dramatic music, rhythmic movement, close seating — makes for an ideal date night.

How appropriate, then, that Philadelphia companies offer up more options than in a chocolate box to take in dance this February.

Whether you’re looking for Valentine’s romance at a grand theater or an intimate night out with amazing contemporary movement artists, we have you covered.

Here’s the word on the best of Philadelphia dance this month.

Ezralow

Daniel Ezralow has choreographed a Winter Olympics opening ceremony and Academy Awards shows; Dance Affiliates brings his company back to Philadelphia with a playful modern program set to classical music.

Ezralow

When:February 3-7
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$37-$57

danceaffiliates.org

Strength and Longing

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Premier dance company Pennsylvania Ballet presents a program of 21st-century ballets showcasing the grace and power of their highly trained dancers.

Strength and Longing

When:February 4-7
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$29-$125

www.paballet.org

An Evening of Duets

Eleven local and visiting companies come together for an annual festival of innovative choreography for two.

An Evening of Duets

When:February 4-7
Where:Community Education Center (CEC), 3500 Lancaster Avenue
Cost:$15-$18

www.cecarts.org

Ballet Hispanico

A successful fusion of modern ballet and Latin theatricality visits the Annenberg Center from New York City for three passionate performances.

Ballet Hispanico

When:February 5-6
Where:Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$20-$50

www.annenbergcenter.org

BalletX Winter Series

Ballet X dancers Andie Yorita and Gary Jeter.Photo by Bill Hebert

Not your grandmother’s ballet company, BalletX continues its 10th anniversary season with world premiere pieces by renowned and up-and-coming contemporary choreographers.

BalletX Winter Series

When:February 10-14
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$27-$45

www.wilmatheater.org

Ephemeral

Time is fleeting, but that makes beauty all the more poignant —Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet uses dance to explore these ideas in this full-length world premiere.

Ephemeral

When:February 19-21
Where:Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Cost:$15-$25

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BLACK MALE REVISITED: Songs for the Dark Divine

To closeout Black History Month, see choreographer Jaamil Olawale Kosoko as he revisits his 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival show, a poignant and relevant solo piece exploring Nigerian-American identity.

BLACK MALE REVISITED: Songs for the Dark Divine

When:February 25-27
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:$14-$25

www.paintedbride.org

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