- School of Dance
- The Company
- Performances & Residencies
- Community Outreach
Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, the company's critically acclaimed work continues to attract increasing audiences. With bi-annual seasons in Philadelphia and performances around the country, Koresh has received much local and national recognition. The company has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico and Guatemala. Over the years, Roni has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate, to intimate and restrained. The company also presents work by guest choreographers including Ohad naharin, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili and Paul Selwyn Norton.
Opened in 1993, the Koresh School of Dance serves as the company's home and remains dedicated to its goal of being a dance training center for the Philadelphia community. Located in the heart of Center City, the studio has daily classes for both children and adults, whether they are beginners or professionals. Over 60 classes are offered a week in styles such as jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, modern, and tap.
In 2008, the Koresh Youth Ensemble was established to give serious, young dancers more intensive training and greater performance opportunities. Students who demonstrate both the talent and desire to become professionals are selected to join the group. Under the direction of Melissa Rector, assistant artistic director of Koresh Dance Company, members have the opportunity to learn original choreography and company repertory. They typically perform during the company's home seasons at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, as well as at Koresh Artist Showcases throughout the year.
In addition to performance and instruction, Koresh Dance Company
is equally committed to community building and outreach. While on tour, the company provides diverse outreach offerings that connect with dancers and non-dancers alike. Activities include post-performance discussions, residencies, lecture/demonstrations and master classes. At home, Koresh Kids Dance brings arts education underserved children by creating partnerships with Philadelphia public schools and providing free weekly dance classes for their students. This program gives children invaluable tools that can be used in all aspects of their lives.
Another element of our community outreach programming is the Koresh Artist Showcase. The showcases present work by local choreographers alongside the company, giving artists in the community the opportunity to perform their work at no cost and to connect with a wider audience. Whether on the road or at home, Koresh Dance Company is making it known to the world that Philadelphia fosters creativity and artistic excellence!