Leah Stein Dance Company in the News

September 27, 2019 in the South Philly Review

"In preparing her dancers, Stein encouraged performers to unravel these layers of their personal lives based on themes frequently recurring in Neff’s work, including self-awareness, family and Philadelphia." 

September 26, 2019 in thINKingDANCE.net by Miryam Coppersmith

"I’m filled with a sense of contemplation and nostalgia, a similar feeling to considering a beautiful painting. I am aware, as are Neff’s paintings, of the complexity inherent in these feelings: how Philadelphia is changing, how issues of race and politics are present in these quaint scenes. In Close to Home, these issues coexist with the beauty of human beings, living sculptures, at work, at play, at life." 


Photo by Mira Treatman

September 20, 2019 in thINKingDANCE.net by Zornitsa Stoyanova

"A young child jets fearlessly between the towering fountains—tempting the water to wet her dress. And what I notice is surprising: When did I forget to be fearless?"


Photo by Kat Sullivan

September 16, 2019 in the Broad Street Review

"Leah Stein Dance Company presents Close to Home, a reflection on Philadelphia’s Edith Neff, a painter known for her striking scenes of everyday Philadelphia life."


Photo by Mira Treatman

August 28, 2019 in the Broad Street Review

"Neff in turn inspires an evocative dance performance from the Leah Stein Dance Company, who blend her stunning visuals with their exquisite movements in a piece that must be seen to be believed."


Photo by Mira Treatman

August 23, 2019 in the FringeArts Podcast Happy Hour on the Fringe

From FringeArts:

"We hope you’re all getting ready for art to blossom throughout the city of Philadelphia in September!  Speaking of blossoming, three events will be sprouting up in LOVE Park.  Raina sits down and shares a drink three artists, Dana Suleymanova (Dear qupid), Eric Thayer (Give Your Heart), and the Leah Stein Dance Company with Asimina Chermos (RISE: Relationship is Self Existing).  All of the performance will be participatory and engage with the City of Brotherly Love as they explore love, the beating heart, and how human bodies share space." 

December 11, 2018 by Melissa Strong in the Broad Street Review

"Settled Arrows, Christina Gesualdi, and Ama Gora provided a welcome diversion from December’s holiday frenzy — as well as from the chill in the second-floor venue, where radiators produced more noise than heat. Yet the chalkboards lining the Art Room Studio walls were charming, and the community of artists and art lovers inside filled the space with movement, sound, ideas, and emotions. Before the program began, Leah Stein aptly characterized Studio Works as a home for dance and the community. I can’t think of a better way to spend a weeknight in South Philly." 

November 18, 2018 by Blanca Huertas-Agnew in The Dance Journal

"La noche estuvo llena de multiplicidad en estilos de exploración y ver como cada artista utiliza este proceso para materializar su práctica. ¡Pueden ver el próximo LSDW Studio Works el 10 de diciembre en The Art Room!"

September 18, 2018 by Courtney Colon in The Dance Journal

"Leah Stein’s Ground Works invites the audience to become fully immersed, alighting all of our senses and leaving room for our interpretations of them. Her partnership with the Woodmere Art Museum has yielded a piece that connects sculpture, performer, and audience; an interior space located within an expansive environment. That the performers were so invested and the landscape so mesmerizing only added to the pleasure of viewing."

September 14, 2018 by Margaret Darby in Philly Life & Culture

"Vividly resonant..."

July 11, 2018 by Grace Maiorano in the South Philly Review

"Leah Stein, the founder behind a Whitman-based dance company, reflects on a life of performance."


May 9, 2018 by Maddie Hopfield in thINKingDANCE

"I am excited to see how these works will continue to settle into their explorations, and thankful for the warm sharing platform these Studio Works offer."

April 6, 2018 by Patricia Graham in thINKingDANCE

"Leah Stein's Studio Works series is a new opportunity for movement-based artists to show work in an informal setting."

September 24, 2017 by Kristen Kaschock in thINKingDANCE

"The sun continues to go down. Its reflected light climbs the far wall. We learn in school that we are the ones actually moving, around and around for as long as our bodies last on this earth. Right now, watching these women negotiate the repurposed space and the fading light and each other, this feels true."

September 14, 2017 by Merilyn Jackson in the Broad Street Review

"What I assumed was a water bucket in one corner turned out to be filled with multicolored marbles Stein tossed our way. Interior is filled with delightful little inside jokes like this, and by the end, her modern-dance solemnity had given away to a big smile. She’s moved into a happy place, and so had we." 

September 14, 2017 by Eri Yoneda in Phindie

"A feeling of water in Leah’s cupped hands, a sound of the water dripping on the floor, a stain that the water creates on the floor — every aspect, element, sound or movement starts to feel meaningful and intentional."

June 2, 2017 by Kat Sullivan on thINKingDANCE

Leah Stein has always reminded me of a lamb. She seems gentle; her silver hair soft and curling, her fine limbs weaving around like embroidery thread, her globe-like eyes that are more receptive than penetrative. Such is the aesthetic of her work, Portraits, performed amongst the galleries at the Woodmere Art Museum: more receptive than penetrative. The compilation of sweet vignettes set in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition A More Perfect Union? Sex, Power, and Race in the Representation of Couples is powerful in its subtlety.

September 16, 2016 by Lynn Matluck Brooks on thINKingDANCE

Looking out the glass doorway and wide front windows of Frieda’s Café, I spotted dancers performing unison phrases around the door-frames of the historic buildings across Walnut Street as a U.S. Park Service Ranger calmly checked the locks to those same old buildings. Bicyclists scooted by on the street, dog-walkers strolled with their pups (who were more curious than their owners about the performative doings around them), and cars struggled to park and discharge their harried passengers while performers, singly and in groups, ran or danced through my view.

June 17, 2016 By Scott Rodrigue on thINKingDANCE

I am grateful to Stein for the intimacy and transparency with which she shares her process, and for all of the beauty she accumulates from what continues. I am also thankful there was no curtain speech. Enough was said without words, the many moments of silence all the fuller for the songs of birds and wind.

July 8, 2015 Miriam Seidel on a blog

Leah Stein, a master of site-specific choreography, is known for creating outdoor dances that work a kind of alchemy on the places where they happen. She proceeds inclusively, allowing her dancers, the audience, the place itself, and random elements including passersby and even the weather, to come together into a new kind of communal zone.

July 1st, 2015 By. David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic

Though most outdoor performances would benefit from being indoors, the new choral/dance work Turbine unquestionably belonged where it was Sunday evening, at the Fairmount Water Works overlooking the Schuylkill – even though Saturday’s downpour had cost it one of two planned performances.

June 30, 2015 Lewis Whittington for The Dance Journal

Choreographer Leah Stein and Mendelssohn Club music director Alan Harler have created several dynamic site projects, most notably, Battle Hymns, staged at the Armory in 2009, exemplar of the power of choral music and dance collaboration. Their latest work TURBINE was conceived with Seattle based composer Byron Au Yong with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia collaborating with the Leah Stein Dance Company at the Fairmount Water Works on the Schuylkill River.

February 2, 2012 by Steven Weisz in The Dance Journal

“This is an artist who is important to know,” says Philadelphia Dance Projects executive director Terry Fox. “Leah has paved the way for site-specific work and has forged new territory in the way she creates structures in her dances.  Philadelphia Dance Projects’ mission is to give context to contemporary dance as an evolving form. This program shows the history of an artist with a particular style and virtuosity that we felt was important to examine and allows audiences to see the common threads throughout her works. It’s about getting close to the mover — watching logic and inspiration happen and getting inside the heart of it.


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Selected Past Press Quotes

"Movement so satisfying on a moment-to-moment basis…the kind of work that repays repeated viewing”

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“Intuitive, inventive, and enticing,” her dances unfold like a free verse…with an underlying sense of unity”

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“Like good Haiku, her work allows the audience to muse and ponder…In her quiet eloquence, Stein ranks among the best of Philadelphia’s choreographers”

- Dance Magazine -


"Stein can landscape a group of dancers like nobody else."

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Leah Stein and her gallant company ingeniously used every part of the natural environment...and in the process generated powerful emotion."

- Philadelphia City Paper -


"radiated supreme strength...their onstage rapport utterly uplifting - you find yourself longing for the unfussy beauty of the piece to go on and on." 

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