03/22/07

 

Overture, curtain, lights! The Moravian College Dance Concert is here.
photo by John Kish IV

MC DANCERS ARE READY TO TAKE STAGE

"Frankly," says Dawn Ketterman-Benner, "I don’t know how they do it."

With just a few days left until the 32nd annual Moravian College Dance Concert, Dawn seems both energized by the final prep work and proud of the time and effort the student dancers and choreographers have put forth so far. "They work as hard and train as hard as any athlete," she says. “I just want everyone to see what an amazing group they are, and how much they add to the artistic environment of the College.”

This year's concert is set to be the biggest ever, says Dawn, who started the concert series in 1975 and currently serves as faculty advisor. Over a hundred dancers will participate in more than twenty numbers. Dance styles will include ballet, jazz, modern and tap. In addition to the student company, the concert will feature many professional dancers and guests. "We’re the only college in the area that incorporates Lehigh Valley dance troupes into our concert," says Dawn. Some guest performers have become a traditional part of the show, such as the Coral Nolan Ballet, which has been represented for more than twenty years. This year's especially diverse line-up will include Ukrainian folk dancing, as well as Irish step-dancing by the Moravian Star Irish Dance Troupe.

For the students, the show is a culmination of months of hard work that began with auditions last September, followed by technique classes, workshops, master classes, rehearsals, and performances. Preparation for the concert itself began in January. This year's event marks the third under the artistic direction of Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman, whose ballet Tanec ot Sem 'nadstat' (The Dance for Seventeen) will be performed. There are also many behind-the-scenes contributors to the event's success, says Dawn, like the students and faculty who help with everything from soundtrack recording to producing promotional materials. "We couldn't do it without the efforts of the Music Department, Studio South and so many others," she notes.

The Moravian College Dance Concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 30 & 31. Show time is 7:30 p.m. at Foy Hall. A $5.00 donation will go to the Dawn Ketterman-Benner Dance Fund, which helps finance guest choreographer visits, master classes, and other enhancements to dance at Moravian.