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Moravian College Dancers to Perform in Foy Hall – March 28, 29

Bethlehem, Pa., March 27, 2008— The 33rd Annual Moravian College Dancers Concert will be held on  March 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., in Foy Concert Hall, under the artistic direction of Mary Anne Hoffman. Performers will dance tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, modern, lyrical and more, and the concert will feature student and faculty choreography and performances by guest artists from around the Lehigh Valley.  Reina Faith serves as associate artistic director, and Dawn Ketterman-Benner serves as the faculty advisor for the program.

This year, Hoffman has choreographed a dance to be performed to live music played by her son, a recent Vassar graduate, and two of his band mates, all members of the band The Powder Kegs, an eclectic string band that formed in 2006. In their first CD release in early 2007, they combined elements of rock and jazz into their established understanding of traditional American folk music.  The band is now based in upper New York and performs throughout the east coast.

Hoffman began her dance training with the Ronnie Clifford School of Dance in Bethlehem, and continued on as a member of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) under the direction of Alexi Ramov.  She studied also at the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts and Boston Conservatory, and performed with the Boston Ballet Theatre. She teaches dance at 6 elementary schools in the Bethlehem Area School District for the ASPIRE after school program. Hoffman has been teaching ballet at the College since 2001, and serves also as the Moravian College Dancers artistic director.

Dawn Ketterman-Benner serves as the faculty advisor for the dance event. Benner is professor and head women’s tennis coach in the Athletics Department at Moravian College, as well as, faculty advisor for the dance company. For the first time in a number of years, she has choreographed a dance for the concert.  Student choreographers are: Jaclyn Blazier ’09, Patrisha Kichline ’08, Tegan Mireski ’08, Lauren Pochron ’08, Jessica Swartz ’09, Megan Greiner ’09, and Jill McCloskey ’09.

The Moravian College Dancers is a coed organization that allows students to express themselves through ballet, modern dance, and jazz. Students take technique and composition classes in the fall semester, and they spend the spring semester preparing for the concert.

Admission is $5. Foy Hall is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in downtown historic Bethlehem. For more information, call 610-861-1481.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.