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Moravian College Dance Company Concert to be held March 30-31

37 Years of Dance at Moravian College

Bethlehem, Pa., March 26, 2012--Now in its thirty-seventh year, The Moravian College Dance Company will perform on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m., in Foy Concert Hall, under the artistic direction of Mary Anne Gillen 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.

Madeline Moore serves as assistant artistic director, and Dawn Ketterman-Benner serves as founding director and choreographer for the program. This year’s guest dance groups include Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Coral Nolan’s Academy of Dance, In Motion Dance Company, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts, Rebecca Moore ’06, 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.

Guest choreographers joining Hoffman and Madeline Moore are Jill Fitzgerald, Amy Smith, Rebecca Moyer and Cassie Russo. Student choreographers are Caitlyn Benonis ’14, Caitlin Dean ’12, Elizabeth Kussle ’12, and Meredith Lobb ’12. 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.

Admission is $8 for the public and free with Moravian I.D. 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 encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.