Philadanco group in Mitchell Hall

The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, in Mitchell Hall as part of the University of Delaware's Performing Arts Series.

Celebrating its 31st season, Philadanco has been described as a company with unparalleled energy and superior technical ability. It continues to thrill audiences across America and throughout the world with adventurous choreography, new talent and dances treasured by afficionados everywhere.

The company has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra and world-renowned pop celebrities, as well as on national TV. The troupe has appeared in New York's Madison Square Garden and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Critics have lavished the troupe with praise. Calling the group "exuberant, the critic in The New York Times hailed its "choreography filled with sleek, propulsive movement and...emotional undercurrent."

A critic in Dance Magazine wrote, "Philadanco's dancers are a miracle of skill and energy..., and, "To experience the dancing of the exuberant Philadelphia Dance Company–a.k.a. Philadanco–is to hark back to a time when modern and jazz movement came across unadulterated and unglitzafied," wrote The Washington Post reviewer.

The dance troupe also will present a free workshop at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, in the Amy E. du Pont Music Building.

Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors and $6 for students and children. For more information, call 831-8741. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Hartshorn Hall box office at 831-2204 or by visiting the box office. Hours are noon-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In conjunction with the performance, a buffet dinner will be held at the Blue and Gold Club beginning at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15. The menu will include jazzy jambalaya, swinging shrimp and scallop scampi, at $12.50 for adults and $6.50 for children ages 5 to 11, gratuity included. For reservations and information, call the club at 831-2582.

The 2001-02 Performing Arts Series is made possible, in part, by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware, as well as the generous support provided by Barba & Reynolds Insurance Agency, Embassy Suites-Newark/ Wilmington South and Arby's.