Ballet with Your Beer

The Academy is partnering with BalletX to offer ballet with your beer and dinosaurs at Dinos After Dark, Tuesday, July 17.

That means, besides pay-as-you-wish museum admission to the museum from 5-8 p.m. and suds in the big white tent outside on Ben Franklin Parkway from 4-10 p.m., science and culture lovers get to see two outdoor pop-up performances by Philly’s premier contemporary ballet—for free. Rain location: inside the Academy.

BalletX will give two special pop-up performances at the next Dinos After Dark.

For Dinos After Dark, families and adults alike are invited to explore all the Academy’s exhibits for a donation to benefit Philly’s dinosaur museum, including the special exhibit Xtreme Bugs. Live animal presentations and activities will take place, with the festivities spilling outside for Dino Drafts: The Academy Beer Garden. Yes, drinkers can tour the museum with their beer.

Enjoy beer and snacks with your dinosaurs and live animals, served up by 12th Street Catering and Philly’s favorite dinosaur museum.

The first performance of BalletX will be 5:30–5:45 p.m. and will feature The Dream Team of third and fourth graders from three Philadelphia public schools: Chester A. Arthur, Bache-Martin, and Albert M. Greenfield schools. The students are part of a pilot program designed to take BalletX’ in-school dance classes to the next level by providing performance opportunities for promising students with an advanced understanding and passion for dance.

BalletX takes the stage again at 5:45-6:15 p.m. for another performance.

“This will be the most exciting Dinos After Dark yet,” said Timshel Purdum, Academy assistant vice president, public experience. “We hope families and adults of all ages will take advantage of this unique opportunity for fun and culture, science and dance.” To register and donate in advance, visit


By Carolyn Belardo

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