In Residence


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 performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country. Koresh 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.


The Koresh Dance Company is fully dedicated to the enrichment of the cultural landscape and artistic reputation of Philadelphia. It is important to us to sustain a group of dancers and an administrative staff on salary, so that we can fully dedicate ourselves to our mission.

We serve our mission in three ways:

Performance (THE COMPANY)

The Koresh Dance Company strives to be an artistic force by creating innovative and emotional dance performances for audiences in Philadelphia and around the nation. The company’s original dance pieces break through boundaries of traditional choreography and offer audiences an exciting experience.

Instruction (THE SCHOOL)

The Koresh School of Dance offers classes and workshops to adults and children in the Philadelphia community. Our classes provide students of all ages an introduction to dance and offer beginners through professionals a means of artistic expression. Through these programs, we identify and develop new dance performers and choreographers and thus further enhance the artistic talent in Philadelphia.

Community Outreach (THE COMMUNITY)

The Koresh Kids Dance program brings free arts education to underserved youth in Philadelphia. Koresh dancers get Philadelphia public school students on their feet and dancing in their “master classes.” When the company members give lecture-demonstrations in the local public schools, the students can see a performance and talk to the dancers about their art and work.

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