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BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet whose dancers were named “among America’s best” by The New York Times, commissions choreographers from around the world to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive, and connects to what people want” (Philadelphia Citizen).

Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX is led by Cox, whose tenure as Artistic & Executive Director has produced nearly 130 world premiere ballets by over 75 choreographers, a record “few companies can match,” according to The New York Times. Under Cox’s leadership, BalletX has been hailed as an “epicenter of creation” (Dance Magazine) and a “place of choreographic innovation” (The New Yorker), putting Philadelphia on the map as an international destination for contemporary ballet. The company creates extraordinary dance experiences that inspire human connection, with a deep commitment to community programming. 

BalletX's influence extends far beyond Philadelphia's city limits, captivating over 250,000 audiences nationwide through performance seasons at the Wilma Theater, free pop-up events across Philadelphia, and extensive touring to renowned venues including the Vail Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. With each performance, BalletX reaffirms Philadelphia's status as a global destination for contemporary ballet.

BalletX's impact transcends the stage. Through initiatives like Dance eXchange, the company has touched the lives of over 2,000 Philadelphia public school students, providing them with access to transformative dance education. The X-Process, another groundbreaking program, facilitates connections between audiences and artists, offering insights into the creative process and fostering a deeper appreciation for the art form.

BalletX’s distinctive contribution to the American dance community has been recognized and supported in recent years by generous grants from the William Penn Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Shubert Foundation, the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works (NEW) Program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Pennsylvania Council On the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, and PECO, among many others.