The 10th Annual Thank-You Note

We were blown away by the magic of our 10-year anniversary! According to our tallies, about 450 people came out to Philadelphia Dance Day 2019. (And that’s not even counting the 30+ instructors who volunteered to teach workshops throughout the day, or the 101 performers who graced the stage at the lunchtime and evening showcases!) That’s a whole lotta dancing feet. Total workshop participation: 744!

We’ll post pictures from the workshops and performances soon. Meanwhile, you can see some video clips from the evening showcase. Special thanks to Adam Suh of Redlite Photography for capturing so many amazing moments.

This massive dancestravaganza would not be possible without an equally massive team of sponsors, partners and volunteers, so we’d like to thank them again:


  • CEG Performing Arts Academy
  • Eakins Oval
  • Headlong
  • Jazz Attack
  • Major Moment Studio
  • Plays & Players Theater
  • Powerhouse Blues
  • Sound Space
  • State Street Tribal
  • University City Swing


  • Allyson Kacmarski
  • Beverly Holskin
  • Brittany Almquist
  • Cat Liu
  • Chrissy Zeo
  • Christina Sasso
  • Cristina Elena Guzman
  • Dahlia Silberg
  • Dani Lespinasse
  • Devika Gupta
  • Gloria Yiming Li
  • Genevieve Senechal
  • Jacqui Sadashige
  • Jody Thigpen
  • Kayla Babicki
  • Kiya Govek & Tom Borgese
  • Liz Giraldo (and crew!)
  • Natalie Flynn
  • Nick Cruickshank & Madeline Dahlin
  • Pam Hetherington
  • Paula Phillips
  • Rachel Back
  • Rebecca Narva
  • Ricky Evans
  • Roberto Mejia
  • Sean Thomas Boyt
  • Timaree Schmit
  • Vonda Pearson
  • Watson Saintsulne & Paola Gonzalez


  • Philly Dance Fitness
  • Ballroom Bliss
  • The City of Philadelphia
  • State Street Tribal
  • Merge Dance Studio

In addition to these sponsors, partner venues/organizations and instructors, a network of dedicated volunteers along with Philly Dance Fitness staff put countless hours of work into running this event. Shout out to:

  • Deborah Hirsch, organizer of Philadelphia Dance Day and president of Philly Dance Fitness
  • Kirwei Lo and Roberto Mejia, Dance Day co-chairs
  • The Philly Dance Fitness marketing team and interns, who collaborated on press outreach, social media marketing and program design
  • Seth Weiner, sound engineer and technical support
  • Students and staff who volunteered to do set up, clean up, check-in and other various tasks throughout the day.

And, last but of course not least, a huge thank you to everyone who boogied all day long with us!

Relive the day by flipping through some photos and videos from the performances on our Facebook page. Please tag and share so we can get even more people dancing next year!

While you’re at it, mark your calendars now for next year’s Philadelphia Dance Day. As usual, it will be the last Saturday of the month, which is July 25, 2020. See you then!

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