Koresh Dance Company
 

KORESH ARTIST SHOWCASE

KORESH KIDS DANCE

COME TOGETHER DANCE FESTIVAL

 

The COMMUNITY

In addition to performance and instruction, Koresh Dance Company is committed to community building and outreach. While on tour, the company provides diverse outreach offerings that connect with dancers and non-dancers alike. Activities including post-performance discussions, residencies, lecture demonstrations and master classes bring dance off the stage and into the lives of audiences across the country. At home, the Koresh Kids Danceprogram brings arts education to underserved children by creating partnerships with Philadelphia public schools and providing free weekly dance classes for their 4th and 5th grade students, promoting creativity as a conduit for non-violence and achieving life goals.

Koresh extends dance education and performance resources to its community by presenting emerging artists in bi-monthly Koresh Artist Showcases. The showcases present work by local choreographers and artists, providing individuals and companies in the community an opportunity to perform their work at no cost and to connect with a wider audience. In 2013, Koresh expanded the showcase model to present over two dozen companies in the Come Together Dance Festival, which is now an annual opportunity for Philadelphia dancers, choreographers, and audiences to create and experience a wide array of dance forms and styles.

Whether on the road or at home, Koresh Dance Company makes it known to the world that Philadelphia fosters creativity and artistic excellence.

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KORESH ARTIST showcase

The Koresh Artist Showcase is an initiative that was created to give local, emerging talent a platform to present their work as well as give the community a chance to discover new artists and new styles of dance. As such, each showcase presents work by a diverse group of artists who in turn are given the opportunity to perform and connect with a wider audience in an intimate setting. Furthermore, there is not cost for the artists to participate.

Some of our past participants have included Sammy Reyes, Alchemy Dance Company, Crystal Frazier, Project Moshen, Opus 1 Dance, Shannon Murphy, Ballet Fleming, Teresa VanDenend Sorge, Xhale Dance Company, Lin Batsheva Kahn, and many more!

The Koresh Artist Showcase is held at our Company's home, where one of the studios is turned into a black box theater. Showcases are held on Saturday and Sunday evenings several times throughout the year and each performance lasts approximately 45-50 minutes. Tickets are just $12 per person and are available for purchase at the door one hour prior to showtime.


Interested in showcasing your work? Below are our 2019 showcases. Click below to apply.

January 12th + 13th- Deadline Wednesday, December 19th

March 23rd + 24th

June 15th + 16th

September 21st + 22nd

 

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Come Together Dance Festival takes the art to a whole new level.
— Philadelphia Weekly
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Koresh Kids Dance

Bring Koresh Kids Dance to your public school 

Beginning in 2006, Koresh Kids Dance provides free high-quality weekly in-school creative dance instruction to Philadelphia public school students in grades 3-6.

Through KKD, students learn fundamental dance techniques, how to create choreography, and to bridge dance with life skills including self-confidence, discipline, and collaboration.

Koresh Kids Dance enables children to tell their own stories through movement vocabularies that are meaningful to them. The program is geared toward educating the whole person and enriching the lives of students. We believe dance is a powerful tool for educating individuals and are committed to doing our part to include dance in the curriculum of Philadelphia’s school students.

Students experience the joy of dance both as a participant and viewer, and gain meaningful educational experiences to supplement their existing education.

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MISSION

Koresh Kids Dance provides high-quality weekly dance instruction to students in Philadelphia public schools. The classes teach students fundamental dance technique while educating the whole person. Koresh educators create a safe space for children to learn to dance, create dance, and to bridge dance with life skills including self-confidence, discipline, respect, and healthy self-expression. The program culminates with a performance at the end of the year that cultivates teamwork, leadership skills, and a sense of accomplishment.

IT TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE MYSELF INSTEAD OF TRYING TO BE SOMEONE I’M NOT.
— 5th Grade Student
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CURRICULUM

Our creative dance curriculum invites students to create their own dances. While our professional teachers teach students fundamental dance technique, the entire experience is geared toward connecting to the whole child. Koresh Kids Dance prioritizes flexibility in working with schools and classroom teachers, connecting to schools’ cultures and ongoing projects, and incorporating elements of classroom curricula.

I FELT VERY PROUD OF MYSELF AND MY CLASSMATES. WHEN WE WERE FINISHED IT FELT LIKE I WAS ON THE TOP OF THE WORLD.
— 5th Grade Student
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THE KORESH EFFECT

Koresh Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Roni Koresh, started dancing as a child in Israel. It was in Philadelphia that he became a choreographer, choosing to tell human stories based in passionate memory and the everyday gestures of his own experience—learned not only in the dance studio, but in dance clubs, during his military service, and in the casual postures and movements of the city street. In developing the Koresh Kids Dance program, Director Teresa VanDenend Sorge builds on parallel artistic commitments, designing a curriculum that enables children to tell their own, human stories through the movement vocabularies that are most meaningful in their own lives.

IN AN AGE WHERE ARTS PROGRAMS ARE BEING CUT LEFT AND RIGHT FROM PUBLIC SCHOOLS, KORESH KIDS DANCE IS A BEACON THAT PROVIDES AN IMPORTANT OUTLET FOR YOUNG STUDENTS, FOSTERING THEIR CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION, AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS.
— Philly is Dancing
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Koresh Kids Dance by the Numbers

18 classes per week • 4 grade levels • 6 credentialed teaching artists • 8 public schools
• 12 years of instruction, creation, and care

 

Fostering Creative Change in Philadelphia since 2006

Thanks to the support of...

The William Penn Foundation

The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation

Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation

Philadelphia Cultural Fund through the Youth Arts Enrichment Grant

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Interested in seeing

Koresh Kids Dance at your school?

Please contact Teresa VanDenend Sorge, Outreach Director: koreshkidsdance@gmail.com or click below...

In an age where arts programs are being cut left and right from public schools, Koresh Kids Dance is a beacon that provides an important outlet for young students, fostering their creativity, communication, and critical thinking skills.
— Philly is Dancing
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Come Together Dance FESTIVAL

***supported by The Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation

& Richard Glassman***

WOW- Our 2018 Come Together Dance Festival was one to remember!

We are deeply grateful for all the participating dance companies of such power and invention who truly inspired us these past 5 days. We were especially honored to have presented internationally acclaimed companies such as Pennsylvania BalletPaul Taylor American Modern DanceBrian Sanders' JUNK, Peridance Contemporary Dance CompanyKun-Yang Lin/Dancers and many many others!

Endless thank yous to The Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and Richard Glassman for supporting the festival. We are also proud to announce that we reached our campaign goal!! Special shout out to all the generous supporters who made this possible. 

....and most importantly thanks to all who came to experience it all. Philadelphia's dance scene is off to great things & it's an absolute honor to be a part of it. 

 

 

Help us keep the dance community thriving!! Make a true difference by supporting the various components that make this festival come to life.