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Academy and BalletX Partner for Dinosaurs, Ballet and Beer, July 17

Enjoy pay-as-you-wish admission and a pop-up ballet.

PHILADELPHIA, June 12, 2018

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 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.


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.


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


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