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New Dance Studio for New Major

October 3, 2008


Drexel’s new Dance major is ready to unveil its brand new Ellen Forman Memorial Dance Studio. There will be a reception on October 3rd at 7 PM which will include a live performance of the late Mrs. Forman’s work performed by the Drexel Dance ensemble. A video that details Mrs. Forman’s contribution to the Philadelphia dance scene will also be shown.

A Philadelphia dance pioneer, Ellen Forman was the co-founder and director of South Street Dance Company and was a scholar on the work of Isadora Duncan. Each year she produced five concerts at the Painted Bride Art Center entitled Body/Language which brought together artists to explore the integration of text and dance. An innovative choreographer and a charismatic performer, Ms. Forman worked extensively as a teaching artist in residence for Philadelphia area schools.

Westphal now offers students a Bachelor’s degree in dance which can lead to a Master of Arts degree in dance/movement therapy in partnership with the College of Nursing and Health Professions or a Master of Science degree in elementary education with the School of Education. The new studio, constructed in what was previously the Living Arts Lounge, was named in honor of Mrs. Forman following a grant from the Ellen Forman Memorial Fund, a donor advised fund of the Philadelphia Foundation.


  • The Ellen Forman Memorial Dance Studio Grand Opening
  • Friday, October 3, 7 PM
  • Mandell Theater and Dance Studio, MacAlister Hall (33rd and Chestnut St.)
  • Free and open to the public, reservation requested at 215-895-ALUM
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