About Us

NextMove Dance brings the world’s most exciting and awe-inspiring dance to the greater Philadelphia area through an annual series of live performances, interactive outreach and arts education programming, and original productions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire passion, joy and appreciation for dance and movement in all its forms in the Philadelphia region.

Our History

15-RandyHeadshot3Founded in 1979 by Artistic Director Randy Swartz as the American Ballet Competition to support American dancers competing in international dance competitions, the organization legally changed its name in 2005 to Dance Affiliates to more appropriately reflect its mission and programming to promote, support and present dance since 1983. Its annual Dance Celebration series was renowned for 32 years. In October 2015, the organization opened the inaugural season of its new dance series called NextMove, Dance at the Prince, in Center City Philadelphia, offering more performances and outreach activities through extended engagements and residencies to reach more diverse audiences and give the series the potential to become a powerful player on the city’s cultural landscape with its location within the scope of the Avenue of the Arts. With its second season launch in the fall of 2016, the organization’s name officially changed to NextMove Dance (NMD).

NMD serves its mission through a commitment to artistic excellence in the presentation of diverse dance styles and choreography, cultures and nationalities; commission of original works from local and nationally-known choreographers; cultivation of broadly-based adult and youth audiences; enrichment of the school curriculum through high-quality performance, arts education, and outreach programs; collaborations with performing arts partners in the field; service to the local dance community; and active participation in the vibrant Philadelphia arts community.

NMD’s greatest strength is that it has endured and thrived for more than three decades as one of the nation’s few remaining exclusive presenters of dance and is regarded by those in the field as a catalyst and industry model for similar dance presenters. It has been recognized as a major cultural asset to the city and region when honored with “Best of Philly” awards and by a City of Philadelphia proclamation. There is no comparable dance programming throughout the region that provides such an excellent and consistent resource for community residents who find inspiration, enlightenment, healing and joy in the arts.

In his 47-year career, Randy Swartz is regarded as an expert and mentor in his field, having presented hundreds of dance companies and solo artists in more than 1,000 performances; served on a variety of boards, arts advisory panels and academic staffs; and traveled throughout the world to work with renowned dancers, choreographers and dance companies.


 NextMove Dance Board of Directors

Ira S. Lefton, Esq., President
Nancy Purcell, First Vice President
Christine M. Lussier, Treasurer
Nila G. Betof, Secretary

Board Members:
Patrice Custis Fisher
James L. Goodwill, D.D.S.
Arthur M. Kaplan, Esq.
Babette Snyder
F. Randolph Swartz
Mat Warner
Randi Zemsky


Collaborations with other nonprofit, educational and community organizations have produced successful strategic partnerships, including:

  • Dance Affiliates and Monica Bill Barnes in association with WHYY present the world premiere One Radio Host Two Dancers starring Ira Glass of public radio’s This American Life, April 20 – 21, 2013, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
  • New Year’s Eve Gala (12/31/2012) Dance produced by Dance Affiliates for the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Kimmel Center featuring Mark Stuart Dance Theatre.
  • New Year’s Eve Gala (12/31/2011) Dance produced by Dance Affiliates for the Philadelphia Orchestra at The Kimmel Center featuring Viktorija and Randy Diaz, Jaimee and Travis Tuft and Cartier Williams.
  • Dance Affiliates (2012/13) celebrates 30 years of presenting with its commemorative self-publishing book.
  • The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010/11 Philadelphia (Artists With Audiences Responding to Dance) Show! was presented at the Arts Bank May 18-21, 2011, in collaboration with the Joyce Theater (NYC). 12 local choreographers competed for a grand prize of $10,000, with $1,000 prizes awarded to two runners up.
  • Dance Affiliates and the Kimmel Center partnered to present Danza Contemporeánea de Cuba at the Merriam Theater, May 24-25, 2011, as part of the historic US debut tour of this legendary Cuban company.
  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts (2007) to develop extensive outreach activities with The Royal Ballet
  • Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (2004) to present the play Forbidden Christmas or The Doctor and The Patient at Prince Music Theatre
  • University of the Arts and The Rock School (2003) to sponsor on-site visits with students by Patrick Swayze, Lisa Niemi and George de la Pena
  • Mann Center’s 25th Anniversary event with Dance Theatre of Harlem (2001) with open rehearsal for hundreds of Philadelphia area students
  • UARTS Merriam Theater to bring Mikhail Baryshnikov’s PASTForward with White Oak Project (2001) including an extensive community outreach component as part of the actual performance
  • Kids Dancing for Kids (2000) a joint production with the Prince Music Theater benefiting its outreach program The Rainbow Connection.