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Moravian College Dance Company toTake the Stage March 27-28

Bethlehem, Pa., March 20, 2009— The 34th Annual Moravian College Dancers Concert will be held on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 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 and beyond.  Reina Faith serves as associate artistic director, and Dawn Ketterman-Benner serves as the faculty advisor for the program. This year’s guest dance groups include Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Coral’s Academy of Dance, In Motion Dance Company (directed by alumni dancer Kathie Kececi ’85), Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Moravian Irish Dance Troupe, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre Jazz Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Tap Ties.

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.

Other faculty choreographers joining Hoffman and Reina Faith are Moravian Tap Choreography by Crystal Bartolacci and Jill Fitzgerald. Student choreographers are Jaclyn Blazier ’09, Jessica Swartz ’09, Megan Greiner ’09, and Jill McCloskey ’09, Kori Burke ’09,  Jessica Jonas ’09, and Brooke Prelovsky ’10.

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— 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.

Ketterman-Benner, founded the Moravian College Dance Company in 1975 and retired as director in 2000. She continues to choreograph dances for special concerts, and now, as the faculty advisor, she assists with concert production and fund-raising. “First, I must express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Mary Anne Hoffman and Reina Faith for making our student-dancers more creative, disciplined, and accomplished and for sharing their love and knowledge of dance with us,” she noted.

“Mary Anne and Reina join me in thanking our talented group of student choreographers and guest artists…and our supportive dance alumni, friends, and audiences. This concert year will be the final performances of seniors Jaclyn Blazier, Kori Burke, Megan Greiner, Jessica Jonas, Jill McCloskey, and Jessica Swartz—these incredible women have been ‘the heart and soul’ of the Moravian College Dance Company and they will be greatly missed,” Ketterman-Benner continued.

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. The 35th edition of the annual dance concert will be on March 26 and 27, 2010.

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.