The history of The Media Theatre for the Performing Arts is a continuously evolving non-profit professional theatre company. The venue has been operating as a professional theatre since the year 1993 serving the Greater Philadelphia region. We remain today a Media landmark.
Revive comatose funny bones with an evening of top-tier guffaw-hawking hosted by legendary laugh dispensary Improv Comedy Club. Select from a quartet of shows for well-seasoned stand-up from two MADtv alumni. With impeccable impressions and years of inducing diaphragm spasms, Aries Spears brings his finest comedic chops to the Improv stage. Veteran performer Bryan Callen has made appearances in Entourage, King of Queens, Old School, and countless centerfolds of Poor Richard’s Almanack. Stomachs, born with an inability to perceive punch lines, may be distracted by delicious appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees from Improv Comedy Club's extensive menu.
Seven days a week, First Position Dance Arts offers a swan lake's worth of dance classes for both adults and children. Under the tutelage of the studio's graceful guides, students will take on the fearsome foes of rhythm, balance, and poise through a well-coordinated attack of box steps, chasses, and pops/locks. Adult class options include ballet, modern/jazz, hip-hop, choreography, and even a dance history and culture class (click here to read descriptions). This year, First Position Dance Arts is also offering Zumba aerobics courses, which forge fitness through music based on salsa, merengue, calypso, and other styles.
If there is a major dance competition out there, Scott Lazarov has probably placed in it. Along with gracing the cover of Philadelphia Magazine and performing at the Academy of Music, the founder of DanceSport Academy has won four US and World Pro-Am championships and was named champion of US Salsa, Rising Star, and Grand National championships. At DanceSport, Scott and his fellow instructors teach dance as both a social outlet and a competitive art form, and break down complicated styles into simple steps. Private and group classes teach a foundation of balance, posture, and timing that can then be mapped onto styles as varied as mambo, swing, merengue, or the Viennese waltz. Serious students can also gear up for competitions through a comprehensive training approach that addresses choreography, costuming, and production of the oversized foam fingers given out to the judges.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
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.