The Sound of Philadelphia in motion

Photo by Alex Lowy

You probably danced to The Sound of Philadelphia at a lot of parties in the 80s. Now its the pros turn.

To kick off the Dance Celebration/Next Move 2000 Millennium Series, the renowned Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) will present the world premiere of a new work set to music from the vaults of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huffs Philadelphia International Records, whose artists dominated the R&B charts through the 1970s and 1980s. The as-yet-untitled piece by Dwight Rhoden, commissioned by Dance Celebration, will be peformed on Nov. 18 and 19.

The acclaimed and popular African-American dance troupe, pictured here performing their male ensemble piece Pacing, has performed before enthusiastic audiences across the country and around the world. But for this performance, Philadanco which bills itself as the company of the 21st century travels a mere five blocks from their West Philadelphia home to the Annenberg Center.

In addition to the premiere piece, the concert includes three other works from Philadancos repertoire: Shoshanas Balcony, Exotica and Pretty is Skin Deep, Ugly is to the Bone.


square.gifPHILADANCO: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in Zellerbach Theatre, Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets $30 for evening performances, $27 for the Saturday matinee; discounts for seniors, students, and Penn faculty, staff and alumni available. Tickets/info: visit or call 215-898-3900.

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Originally published on November 11, 1999