Eight Fascinating Dance Shows In Philadelphia This January

Move into the New Year with some excellent dance...

Philadelphia’s dance companies hop, step and pirouette into 2018 with an eclectic array of performances this January.

Independent Philly choreographers and visiting troupes from across the United States and around the world enliven stages across the city.

Resolve to see some of these great shows this month.

Hold like a belly or a basement - izing - speculative grip

Philadelphia's leading independent choreographers Christina Gesualdi, Irina Varina and others combine for an idiosyncratic dance performance.

Hold like a belly or a basement - izing - speculative grip

When:Friday, January 12
Where:Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Cost:$5-$25

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L.A. Dance Project

L.A. Dance ProjectPhoto courtesy Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts

California's acclaimed genre-defying dance collective visits Philadelphia for the first time.

L.A. Dance Project

When:January 12-13
Where:Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street
Cost:$30-$57

www.annenbergcenter.org

Urban Meadows

People standing outside the Prince Theater in PhiladelphiaPhoto courtesy Prince Theater

BodyVox celebrates its 20th birthday with Urban Meadows, a compilation of the company's best works.

Urban Meadows

When:January 18-21
Where:Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street
Cost:$42-$62

www.princetheater.org

Emily Sachs Dance Benefit 2018

The 12 groups of the UPenn Dance Arts Council raise money for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with a night of performances.

Emily Sachs Dance Benefit 2018

When:Friday, January 19
Where:Iron Gate Theater, 3700 Chestnut Street
Cost:$10

www.vpul.upenn.edu

Aprés moi, l'obscurité

Choreographer Paige Phillips uses varied dance styles to look at sexist injustice across time.

Aprés moi, l'obscurité

When:January 26-27
Where:Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Cost:$15-$18

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Virago-Man Dem

Photo courtesy Painted Bride Art Center

An exploration of black masculinity from the perspective of Cynthia Oliver, a leading African-American female choreographer.

Virago-Man Dem

When:January 26-27
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:$20

www.paintedbride.org

Tango Fire

Photo courtesy Kimmel Center

Merriam Theater hosts a one-off performance by an internationally renowned tango group visiting from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tango Fire

When:Wednesday, January 31
Where:Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost:$39-$79

www.kimmelcenter.org

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