ACE INA to Support Philadelphia Dance Company

January 13, 2003

The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO) announced that it has received financial support from the ACE Group of insurance and reinsurance companies through the ACE INA Foundation, which is based in the city.

The charitable organization established by ACE INA, has donated funds that will support dance programs run by PHILADANCO for young dance students in the Philadelphia area. In addition it announced that ACE Bermuda, a subsidiary of ACE Limited, is sponsoring the company’s appearance at the 28th annual Bermuda Festival next week in Bermuda.

“This will mark PHILADANCO’s fifth time performing at the Festival but the first time it has received direct support from a corporation with operations in the US and Bermuda,” said the announcement. It is the only US dance company invited to perform at this year’s Festival, and will open the prestigious event on Monday, January 13.

Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO’s Founder and Artistic Director, stated, “In these times of uncertainty, more than ever it is imperative that we rely on support from foundations, corporations, and individuals. We are thankful for ACE’s support not only for our trip to Bermuda, but also for our Instruction and Training educational programs. Our ongoing mission is to present the highest quality of professional dance performances and improve the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in a nurturing environment.”

“PHILADANCO has a strong history in the Philadelphia community. Since 1970, the company has provided dancers and choreographers with an outlet to perform and excel as professionals,” indicated Eden Kratchman, executive director of the ACE INA Foundation. “We’re pleased to support the company’s innovative and dynamic training programs through which the trainees can develop their choreographic and performance skills, and provide professional entree into the world of dance. ”

The ACE INA Foundation will support PHILADANCO’s Instruction and Training programs, “which provide 46 weeks of low cost instruction to young dance students and other levels of classes for teachers, dancers and choreographers,” said the announcement. “For the past 33 years, this community outreach program has provided more than 4,000 young dancers with instruction in ballet, modern jazz and African dance taught by internationally known choreographers and dancers.”

Mark Herman, ACE Bermuda President and CEO stated that “the ACE companies in Bermuda are proud to be able to bring PHILADANCO to Bermuda. We are pleased that ACE operations in Bermuda and the US have been able to work together to support the efforts of this premier dance company. Their appearance at the Bermuda Festival ensures a first-class performing arts experience for residents and visitors in Bermuda.”

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