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Moravian College Dance Company to be Honored by Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission

Bethlehem, Pa., October 2, 2012—The Moravian College Dance Company will receive the Arts Organization Award from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission during a community-wide reception on Thursday, October 4 in Payne Gallery at Moravian College.

Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission will be presenting awards honoring those who have made a substantial contribution to local arts. Others to be honored include folk musician Dave Fry, who will receive the individual award, painter Marylou Cummings will receive the Mayor’s Award, and ArtsLehigh will receive the Institutional Service Award. The public is invited to attend the event. For more information see the BFAC website: bfac-lv.org.

The Moravian College Dance Company is being honored for its many years of exciting and inventive performances. It was founded by Dawn Ketterman-Benner in 1975 (note: a liturgical dance group existed in the 1960s at Moravian College). After a quarter of a century, Dawn retired as director in 2000, but continues to choreograph for special concerts and, as faculty advisor, assists with concert production and fund-raising for the Dawn Ketterman-Benner Dance Fund.

Mary Anne Hoffman, artistic director, and Madeline Moore, assistant director, guide and inspire the troupe of student dancers. The Moravian College Dance Company concert remains the only college concert in the Lehigh Valley that invites guest companies and choreographers to perform. The 37th concert recently had 75 dancers onstage and a standing-room-only audience both nights. The Company offers an ongoing performing opportunity to dancers of all ages.

The Moravian College Dance Company is an outlet for students to explore the artistic dimensions of modern dance, jazz, tap, and ballet. Students audition for the company in early September. During the fall semester, the dancers take two weekly technique classes, perform at Homecoming, and attend professional performances/workshops. In the spring semester, the emphasis is on choreography and rehearsal for the annual March concert.

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission advises the City of Bethlehem in matters concerning fine arts, including maintaining and furthering fine arts [the arts] in Bethlehem; and encouraging a cooperative cultural enterprise in the community. The Commission offers a broad selection of exhibitions, education programs, public festivals and events, all with community involvement in the forefront of involvement.

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.