Très bien ensemble: The final pose of Mary Anne Gillen
Hoffman’s ballet to the Beatles’ ‘Michelle.’ From
left: Melissa Drost ’05, Katie Washer ’06, Rebecca
Moore ’06, Cathleen Lavelle ’05, Amanda Logan ’06.
Amanda Logan ’06 and Kathryn Washer ’06
have studied dance for most of their lives. And when they
came to college, they didn’t want to give it up.
despite full course-loads and a complicated slate of
other activities, both take ballet, tap, and jazz dance
Each has choreographed a work for the
Moravian College Dancers program in Foy Hall next weekend. And both are performing
in eight pieces (out of 10) on the program.
I tried out for all the ones I thought I could get into,” says Amanda
with a rueful smile. “And I got into all of them!” In fact, the
only pieces she’s not in are the ones that rehearsed on Tuesday nights,
when she has a conflict.
Katie had much the same problem and for much
the same reason. Like all dancers
their age, they have a hard time saying no.
Amanda, from Idaho Falls, Idaho, came to Moravian because she wanted to
get away from the area where she’d lived all her life. Her father is a technical
specialist at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Lboratory, a Department
of Energy-affiliated facility.
When I said I wanted to go to college, I meant I wanted to go,” Amanda
says. Last fall, never having seen Moravian and with her parents’ worried
approval, she shipped three boxes of stuff and carried two suitcases
and her laptop onto a plane and came east by herself.
Katie, by contrast,
lives just 45 miles away, in Long Pond in the Poconos.
Her mother, Trinette
Singleton, is a famous dancer from the golden years of
the Joffrey Ballet; she runs a dance academy in Wilkes-Barre
choreographer with dance companies across the country. Katie’s
father, jazz guitarist William Washer, is an artist-lecturer at Moravian,
substitute in Broadway pit bands, and a busy club musician in Allentown,
Bethlehem, Clark Summit, and Lake Harmony.
Her parents enjoy having
Katie just far enough away that a visit to campus requires some
planning on their part, but close enough
so they can come down from the mountains to see her performances.
Which, by the way, means more than dance.
Katie is a Comenius Scholar with a double major in physics
and music. She studied
with artist-lecturer Robin Kani when she was in high school,
so it was just a small step to enroll at Moravian and continue
lessons. In the fall, she played in the marching band, and this
semester she’s in the Wind Ensemble.
Amanda is no less
busy. Also a Comenius Scholar, she already has sophomore standing
from advanced placement credits and is
of majoring in economics. She is one of five freshman representatives
to the Student Senate.
Amanda’s parents enrolled her
in ballet when she was 4 and she’s worn pointe shoes
since the age of 12.
There never has been a time when Katie
hasn’t been a dancer.
Her mother was teaching at the Joffrey school when her
daughter was born, and she carried Katie to class in a
the time she
was a few months old.
When they arrived on campus, both young women
auditioned for the Moravian College Dancers, which meets
on Monday nights for class and
take tap and
ballet, which occupy
two more evenings a week. And ever since the first week of spring
semester, when they auditioned dancers for their
own pieces and were
snapped up for pieces by
others, their free evenings and weekends are but a memory.
agree that dance is worth it. “Dance keeps me sane,” says
Katie. “After a hard day, you go to rehearsal and for half
an hour, or two hours, you forget all your problems. Everything goes
away except dancing.
Otherwise, I’d be burnt out.”
It’s something I’ve always done, and I really like performing,” says
Amanda. She says she’ll do it again next year, though she’ll probably
cut back the number of pieces she’s in. “I did it for so many years,
and gave up so much to be able to dance,” she says. “I hate to quit
- Danielle Anderson ’04, Levittown. “Pour
Some Sugar on Me” (Def Leppard).
- Colette Baills ’03,
Oakland, N.J. “Die Another
- Cathleen Lavelle ’05, Bushkill. “I
Love You” (Sarah
- Amanda Logan ’06, Idaho Falls,
Idaho. “Pink Panther” theme.
Moore ’06, Easton. “Groove Is
in the Heart” (Dee-Lite).
- Dana Patchcoski ’04, Dunmore, and
Christine Pukszyn ’04,
Center Valley. Selections from “Rent.”
Washer ’06, Long Pond. “Me
and My Shadow.”
Faculty and guest choreographers:
- Jill Fitzgerald and Melody Kline,
members of T.A.P. “The
Shim Sham Shimmy” (Dave Leonhardt).
- Mary Anne
Gillen Hoffman, ballet instructor at Moravian. “Très
Bien Ensemble” (Beatles).
- Pattie Bostick-Winn. “Sing,
Sing, Sing” from
- Coral Nolan Academy, Macungie. “Waltz-Fantasy” (Glinka).
- Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Bethlehem.
Excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia, “Country
- T.A.P., Easton. A cappella tap by Amy
- Allen High School Academy of the Arts,
Borrow, and Steal.”
- In Motion Dance Company,
New York. “Wave Runners” and “Vistas.”
Moravian College Dancers
8:00 p.m. March 28-29
Foy Concert Hall
Information: Ext. 1530
Two freshman dancers kick up their heels in Moravian
College Dancers program
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Hus Award-winner chosen by Seminary alums.