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Bethlehem, Pa., March 26, 2013 – Moravian College Dance Company will present their 38th annual spring concert at Foy Concert Hall in Moravian College’s Hurd Campus, on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include dance pieces choreographed by students, teachers, and guests as the dancers showcase their skill in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, lyrical, and contemporary dance.
Under the direction of Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, artistic director, are student choreographers Samantha Anderson ’13, Caitlin Bach ’13, Caitlin Benonis ‘13, Brooke Kuperavage ‘13, Christina Rocco, and Laura Shearman ‘13. Special guest choreographers for this year are Jill Fitzgerald, Amy Smith, Margo Clifford-Ging, and Janet Peck. Madeline Moore serves as assistant artistic director to the dance company.
In addition to student and teacher performances, there will also be various pieces performed by guest companies: Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Coral Nolan’s Academy of Dance, In Motion Dance Company, L.V. Charter High School for the Arts, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Tap Ties.
Artistic Director, Mary Anne Gillen 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 six elementary schools in the Bethlehem Area School District for the ASPIRE after school program. Hoffman has been teaching ballet at the College since 2001.
Dawn 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 helps with concert production and fundraising. 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 co-ed organization that permits students to express themselves through different forms of dance. Students take technique and composition classes in the fall semester, and then spend the spring semester preparing for the concert.
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. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Tom Dubreuil by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 610 625-7051.
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.