The Dance Legends of Philly program was created in an effort to celebrate a selection of individuals who have made significant contributions towards the preservation of the ‘Oldies’ dance culture that we lovingly refer to as the Oldies Dance Family.
A group of individuals are acknowledged annually for the high level of passion, impact and influence they have exhibited in their active roles within the Philadelphia Oldies dance community.
Each dance legend is acknowledged at a special event for their individual contributions.
Please note that this event did not take place during the height of the pandemic (excluding 2020-2021).
This dance legend was always driven by the need to provide a great place for people to come and enjoy music and dance in an adult atmosphere.
"Dancing saved my life and is the best thing that ever happened to me... on the dance floor I come alive. When I'm on the dance floor you will hear me shouting YES...YES...YES that's when it takes me back to the beginning when I first started dancing and it puts me in my zone."
“Life is beautiful! and dancing is good for the soul. I watched my parents dance and they encouraged me to do the same. Life is short so enjoy every moment and add a little dance. It is good for your soul.”
"I would like to see the oldies community pass on the music and dances of our era so that they are not lost – BOP, CHACHA, the strand – it is up to us to expose our youth to both the music and we must teach them the dances."
“Hurry up and learn how to bop, cha,-cha, line dance, and strand, because when you reach retirement age, you are not gonna be able to dance to all those hip-hop tunes from your younger days.
If you desire to dance, do so with everything you have, work at your craft daily, respect the art and those who dance on a higher level, embrace your talent, do it the right way, push yourself and do not worry about making mistakes, for to become a better dancer you have to constantly challenge yourself.”
Its exercise and it’s who I am! Some people go to the gym - I go dancing! I go to work, come home and look forward to Sundays so I can go dancing.
...you don’t get old by dancing you get old by not dancing!"
She was known to break down a line dance to offer step by step instructions and she would often say, ‘There is no hurry to learn one dance’.
“I really enjoyed showing the children what we did as children. I tried to instill in them that dancing is all about you. It takes you to a place where nothing else can.”
In 1976, she founded the Dance Theatre Studio. In September 1980, she co-founded the Spring School of the Arts with her sister, Patricia Stuart Robinson. The school’s curriculum introduced thousands of students to the four facets of the arts — music, drama, dance and visual arts.
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