Since opening in 1975, Candlelight Dance Club has chased a single, unwavering mission: to curate an appreciation for ballroom dance while teaching its many styles. Six instructors stand ready to lead dancers through training to conquer foxtrot, swing, tango, waltz, and rumba steps. By offering both private and group lessons, Candlelight combines one-on-one attention from an instructor with group sessions that provide more camaraderie than a firefighting team moonlighting as a cheerleading squad. A bright, wood-floored studio hosts classes as well as the club’s weekly dance parties, which allow participants to try out learned moves in real time before debuting them in public. Many dance enthusiasts note a handful of dance-inspired benefits as their confidence shines, stress fizzles, and cardio endurance boosts.
Before becoming a performance space, Grasso’s Magic Theatre was a cold storage facility, the building itself more than 100 years old and the stage area once housing an industrial freezer. After purchasing the building in 2001, Joe Grasso spent his nights and weekends renovating it, plying his abilities as a carpenter to refurbish and recycle unwanted building materials and furniture, from old theater curtains to the wooden pews used for seating. His son, Michael Grasso, was just starting a career in magic at the time, which recently culminated in a top-10 appearance on America’s Got Talent in 2010.
The dance and performance-art instructors at Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios strive to help students enhance their physical fitness while discovering an appreciation for creative expression through dance and martial arts. The journey toward an art-enriched existence begins at the infant stage with Mommy and Me dance and fitness classes, where mothers and tots enjoy mat-based tumbling and yoga. Once kids reach age 2, Living Arts further cultivates their love of dance with classes such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Adults can get their groove on as well by studying line dance or Zumba, or learn martial arts during karate and kickboxing sessions.
Tucked into the historic David Garrick Hall, Society Hill Playhouse has been showcasing off-Broadway productions and comedic musicals since its inception in 1960. Its accessible roster of performances, which have included Nunsense and Lafferty’s Wake, belie Victorian-inspired decor such as pressed tin walls and refined seats that don’t talk about their feelings.
Theatre Exile is a local nonprofit theater company dedicated to enhancing the cultural experience of all Philadelphians. We produce risky and challenging plays, promote freedom of expression, and constantly strive to reach new audiences. We also provide a safe & creative environment for local artists to grow and experiment.