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Annual concert includes student, faculty choreographers and guest dancers
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— The annual performance by the Moravian College Dancers features every kind of dance from ballet to Bob Fosse, created by student, faculty, and guest choreographers. The performances will be held Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The sight and sound spectacular will feature works by eight student choreographers, 13 faculty and guest choreographers, and five visiting companies. It will be fully staged with professional costumes and lighting. General admission is $5 at the door. For information, contact Dawn Ketterman Benner at (610) 861-1530.
Moravian College choreographers include:
Guests include Coral Nolan Academy, Macungie; Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Bethlehem; T.A.P., Easton; Allen High School Academy of the Arts, Allentown; and In Motion Dance Company, New York.
Nolan’s group will perform “Waltz Fantasy” (Mikhail Glinka) with six dancers from her academy and eight Moravian students.
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will present several classical standards: “Fairy Doll” by Nicolas Legat to music of Joseph Bayer (Friday); the “Bluebird Variation” from “Sleeping Beauty” (Saturday); a solo variation from “Sylvia” as choreographed by George Balanchine (both nights). All were coached by Mireille Briane, whose Bethlehem studio is the academy of the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.
In addition, the company will perform "Country Moon,” choreographed by Briane’s husband and artistic partner, Oleg Briansky, to music of Patsy Cline.
T.A.P. will perform “Amypella” (Friday) with Amy Brown Smith (who also choreographed this a cappella tap piece), Jill Fitzgerald, Melody Kline, and Kathleen Cirioli. Its apprentice company (Saturday) will offer “Leon Collins Routine One,” staged by Cirioli to music from “Ain’t Misbehavin' ” and “The Walk Around, Improv 101,” choreography of Charles “Honi” Coles and Nicole Hockenberry, staged by Fitzgerald to music by Dave Leonhardt, an Easton-based jazz pianist who has released a series of CD’s for tap classes in collaboration with his wife, Shelley Oliver of Manhattan Tap.
In Motion will offer “Vistas,” with music by Yann Tiersen and choreography by Alison Oakes, a faculty member at Iona College and teaching artist for New York City Ballet’s education department; and “Wave Runners,” choreography by Tammy Klinck to music of Talvin Singh.
From the arts program at Allen High School comes “Beg, Borrow, and Steal” (Friday), with music by the Chemical Brothers and choreography by director Renee Lorenzetti, who also teaches ballet and runs the Performing Dance Portmanteau, a touring program, at Kutztown University.
Fitzgerald and Kline, owner of Melody’s Dance Studio in Brodheadsville and Palmerton, have restaged Leonard Reed’s choreography for “The Shim Sham Shimmy,” also to Leonhardt’s music, for the Moravian dancers.
“Tres Bien Ensemble,” to a French cabaret version of the Beatles’ “Michelle,” has been choreographed by Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, who teaches ballet at the College, for the members of her advanced ballet class. And the concert finale, “Sing, Sing, Sing,” has been staged by Pattie Bostick-Winn, artistic director of the Moravian College Dancers, to music from “Fosse.”
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. For more information call (610)861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.