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the artists center – Celebrating Everyone's Creativity

3500 Lancaster Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104-4916
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The Community Education Center is a nonprofit performing arts center and artists incubator space. The Center is known and respected by artists and audiences alike for its support of the local arts community and its presentations of outstanding dance and performance. The Center also offers the community opportunities to explore their creativity through classes in the performing arts as well as performance opportunities.

Welcome to CEC

If you are new to the Center, this short video will give you an idea of the kind of exciting events that you can become part of in the future. We hope to see you soon!

You can find a schedule of our excellent courses here.

If you are interested in teaching or performing at CEC, you can find a variety of resources here which will help your event run smoothly, from booking a space to publicizing on this website.

The River Niger

When: Thu, May 14th - Sun, May 24th, 2015


Blood on the Veil: A Bellydancer’s Journey

Fri, Jun 5th, 2015
Time: 8:00pm

Can belly dance change your life?

The gold, the silk, the magical clink of finger cymbals. Actor, writer, and bellydancer Carol Tandava Henning brings to the stage a personal journey that does not stop moving in physical or cerebral space.

In this theater work, the mind and the body are truly one.

In the Western world, bellydancing calls up sexualized images of bachelor parties or extras in a Cecil B. DeMille biblical film. Yet Tandava’s piece comes out of agony — art is always born from suffering in one way or another.

With wit and humor she traces her personal journey into bellydancing as well as the dance’s authentic cultural roots and positive effects on both body and soul.

Featuring Guest Performances By:

* Amalia
* Gabriel Nyantaki
* Hope Gerban
* Raosa
* Sofia Adams
* Valarina

Emcee: Shushanna
Produced by Oreet/SharQui® and Tandava Arts

$15 in advance | $20 at the door
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Wisdom Stick

Fri, Jun 12th, 2015
Time: 8:00PM

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