Philadelphia Dance Projects

Our projects encourage artists and audiences to engage with contemporary dance and its dynamic evolution in Philadelphia.

Celebrating 25 seasons of PDP!

Leah Stein Dance Co. Anniversary Concert 2013 photo_ Brian Mengini



IF WALLS COULD DANCE      October 22-24, 2021 at PhillyCAM     Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) kicked off its 25th Anniversary year with IF WALLS COULD DANCE. The free outdoor event featured archival video of award winning Cine-Dancemaker, Carmella Vassor-Johnson and original animation by Experimental Media Artist, Gralin Hughes, Jr.      IF WALLS COULD DANCE was made possible with support from…

DANCE UP CLOSE Tommie Waheed-Evans

PDP Presents is looking forward to presenting DANCE UP CLOSE, with a return to live and in-person dance performances in late spring of 2022, including a premiere by Tommie-Waheed Evans in June. Evans, who teaches locally at University of the Arts, was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the most recent 2021 cycle. PDP presented Evans as part of our…

2021 Informances

We hosted a dozen Informances  (informal and informative performances) via Zoom as a way to connect dance artists, scholars, and audiences in 2020 and 2021!

Learn more about the presenting artists and read what the audience and the press had to say.

Megan Mazarick

Tommie-Waheed Evans  “so inspiring”


Lynn Matluck Brooks

Christopher Williams That was wonderful last night. Wow, what a talent!!!!! I hope I’m able to see some of the finished works someday, I was particularly struck by the Narcissus piece-beautiful!

Amalia Colon-Nava (Press Clip)

John Scott   “Brava! We enjoyed it!”

Lily Kind (Press Clip)

Jeanette Ginslov

Lela Aisha Jones & Deneane Richburg (Press Clip)

Arthur Sabitini, Dan Martin & Michael Biello, Megan Bridge & Peter Price

PDP gratefully acknowledges support from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, Vanguard Matching Gift Program Foundation, Covid-19 Arts Aid PHL, many Individual Donors and community partners Philadanco and Muhely Alapitvany/Workshop Foundation.

Our projects

PDP’s projects celebrate and support contemporary dance artists at various stages of their creative process and professional journey. Our projects remember, explore, and expand the connections between contemporary artists and audiences in Philadelphia.

“witty “  “wildly different”  “cool”  “dexterous” “passionate” “tour de fierce”  “winning and sensitive” “a sense of discovery present throughout…”


PDP Director Terry Fox, served on the Arts & Culture Task Force  (ACTF) in Spring 2021 to help the city assess the arts landscape in Philadelphia a year into the pandemic.


See the ACTF’s recommendations here. (Download Findings)


Finding Collective Genius between Earth and Ice

by Nadia Khayrallah  Ice skater, choreographer, and Brownbody founder Deneane Richburg admits that undoing internalized white ideologies—including the expectation of constant productivity—is an ongoing process.…

Lily Kind Makes Dance In America – her way!

March 27, 2021 Gina Palumbo Gina Palumbo Comments Off on Lily Kind Makes Dance In America – her way! by Gina Palumbo for The Dance…

Taking advantage of the vantage point: two films by Amalia Colón-Nava

by Gina Palumbo for The Dance Journal  “My name is Amalia and I am here on Lenape Land.”  Informance began with a reminder that everything…