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31st Annual Moravian College Dancers Performance this Weekend

Bethlehem, Pa., March 22, 2006—The Moravian College Dancers will celebrate their 31st year as a dance ensemble highlighted by performances on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall.

Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, a ballet teacher at the College since 2001, was appointed the company’s artistic director last year, and Alycia Piazza, the jazz dance instructor, serves as assistant director. Hoffman and Piazza collaborated as professional choreographers for this year’s performance.

Student choreographers include Jessica Cusumano ’07, Devon, Pa.; Amanda Logan ’06, Idaho Falls, Id.; Kristin Maddaloni ’07, Douglasville, Pa.; Rebecca Moore ’06, Easton, Pa.; and Kathryn Washer, ’06, Easton, Pa. They have created dances in styles ranging from lyrical to jazz to modern.

Students also will perform routines by guest choreographers Reina Faith and Nicole Hockenberry. Faith choreographed a dance set to the compositions of Nancy LaMott’s “Blue Skies” and to Hockenberry’s “A Capella.” Both women are distinguished performers, choreographers, and teachers.

Honoring a long tradition, the Moravian College Dancers continue to welcome local performing ensembles: Coral Nolan Academy of Dance, In Motion Dance Company (directed by alumni dancer Kathie Kececi ’85), Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, T.A.P., and the new Moravian Star Irish Dance Troupe directed by Dawn Parker ’06, Hellertown.

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. They are advised by Dawn Ketterman-Benner. This year, the group includes 22 students. The new Moravian College Moravian Star Irish Dance Troupe adds another 11 students to the performance. Admission is $5. Foy Hall is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem. For more information call 610-861-1530.