By Merilyn Jackson
For The Inquirer
Before funders bowed to political pressure in the 1980s, they allowed grantees full artistic expression. You still see funder-driven work in the theater realm. But Terri Shockley, executive director of the 25-year-old Community Education Center, has valiantly given Philadelphia’s dance artists a safe place to take non-funded risks and try out works in progress.
Over last weekend’s annual New Edge Mix Performance Series run, Schockley stooped to a new high, helping mop up the floor after Nicole Bindler’s Sand in My Soda Pop, then promptly taking part as an onstage instructor in react/dance’s body/speak.