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Student and professional choreographed works highlight the Moravian College Dancers 24th Annual Concert scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, at 8:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The exciting line-up of performances swings from hiphop/techno and modern dance through tap, jazz, and ballet.
The dance company has five talented and experienced student choreographers this year: Sara deMange ’99, a psychology/elementary education major, Alex Dimopoulos ’99, a psychology major, Cecilia Loyola ’99, a biology major, Kristy Rashko ’99, a psychology/elementary education major, and Rebekah Worthington ’00, also a psychology/elementary education major. Sara deMange choreographed a modern dance piece "Chuckie’s in Love"; Alex Dimoploulos, a ballet piece called "Six"; and Cecilia Loyola, a hiphop/techno piece called "Take California." Kristy Rashko did a jazz choreography to Peggy Lee’s "Fever," and Rebekah Worthington choreographed a ballet/tap dance number to the music of "That Thing" by Lauren Hill.
This year the Moravian College Dancers will perform several pieces by professional choreographers. They include Tim Early, "Tranquillissimo"; Pattie Bostick, "Footloose"; Lynne Jarrett, "Saturday Night Fever"; and Dawn Ketterman Benner, senior women’s administrator, and chair of the Physical Education Department, "Taking Care of Business."
Return guest artists include Coral Nolan Dance Company and the DanceGing Company, both performing pointe ballets. On Friday, Nicole Kostura’s T.A.P. Dance Company will be performing two lively tap dances, and on Saturday, Roger von Bing’s Broadway Rhythm Dance Company will be performing a jazz piece from Victor/Victoria and a tap number. Liza Larzen, an alumnus, will entertain the audience with a lyrical modern piece to the music of Iris deMent.
Dawn Ketterman Benner, faculty director, and Lynne Jarrett, artistic director, express confidence in the success of this year’s program. Past performances have drawn standing-room-only crowds. Kristy Rashko agreed, "Everyone has been really dedicated in achieving an awesome concert this year."
The dance performance is open to the public and admission is free. Foy Concert Hall is located at Church and Main streets in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.