Darlin Garcia, the first-place finisher at the 2010 and 2011 Philadelphia SalsaFest, founded Art In Motion Dance Academy to provide a world-class environment in which dancers could form a community built around excellence and teamwork. Home to the Art In Motion Latin Dancers dance team, a squad that has traveled around the world to teach and compete, the academy also offers dance classes to outside students.
Pupils learn salsa, mambo, merengue, and any number of other Latin dance styles under the tutelage of trained and friendly instructors. Men, women, or mannequins with a strong sense of rhythm can also participate in Zumba sessions, which blend elements of Latin dance with exercise routines.
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The term EgoPo derives from the French for the physical self, and it's more than the name of a theater—it's an acting style. The work of EgoPo's thespians is intense, and the physical and vocal training is grueling. It's not a place where actors waltz into auditions with new head-shots and freshly minted business cards that say, "Up-and-Coming Professional Actor." At EgoPo, the permanent team trains year-round until they become a theatrical organism, capable of rewarding viewers who tire of the same old summer stock. Although "classic" is in their name, EgoPo's productions typically skirt tradition in favor of provocation in visceral performances.
In 2012, a group of well-connected Philly nightlife entrepreneurs transformed an old Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant in the Spring Garden neighborhood into Union Transfer, and it quickly became one of the most popular music venues in the city. Several nights a week, this mid-size, 1,000-capacity club books generally indie and small-label national touring bands: the garagey Heartless Bastards, retro-soul purveyors Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and the synthy electronic-music trio Chvrches are the types of bands that grace Union Transfer’s stage. Shows are general admission with limited seating available in the upstairs balcony. Most concertgoers stand in the main floor area in front of the stage. During all-ages shows, concertgoers need a wristband to access one of the three bars.
First opened in 1968, the Electric Factory has been hosting rock shows for almost as long Puerto Rico has been a state. After dancing their faces off to headliners from Erykah Badu to the Dropkick Murphys, concertgoers can stop by The Chive Caf? to recharge with a cheesesteak or an all-beef hotdog on a potato bun, or refill their draft Yuengling at the bar. In summer, the Electric Factory reveals an outdoor location complete with more refreshment booths, vendors, and upgraded food stands.
Enchantment Theatre Company exists to create original theater for young audiences and families. We accomplish this through the imaginative telling of stories that inspire, challenge and enrich our audiences, on stage and in the classroom. In doing so, we engage the imagination and spirit of our audience.
Trilogy Hookah Lounge isn't just a place to smoke hookah with friends, though they have over 50 flavors. It's also the recipient of the "Best Hookah Bar" award from the 2013 Philadelphia Nightlife Awards and a place to mix and mingle. Swankily-dressed clientele can hit one of the three dance floors, each with a different DJ, converse over drinks at the bar, and network as they puff on flavorful hookahs. As guests socialize, staff make their way around the room replacing ashen coals with new, neon orange nuclear reactors.