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Dance @ Moravian

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 spring concert.

Like other large ensembles, participation in the Dance Company counts toward credit.

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Dance @ Moravian
The Moravian College Dance Company & Guests

Artistic Director Melissa Rowbottom
Assistant Director Karen Riehl
Company Advisor Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman
Founding Director Dawn Ketterman-Benner

Guest Choreographers 
Tela Anderson
Tara Madsen Robbins
Amy Browne Smith

Student Choreographers
Christiana Anselmo
Emily Bolger
Kaitlyn Fritz
Kelly O’Hanlon 

Guest Companies 
Coral’s Academy of Dance 
In Motion Dance Company 
LV Charter High School for the Arts
Repertory Dance Theatre 
Tap Ties & TTApp

Friday & Saturday I April 13 & 14, 2018 I 7:30 p.m. I Foy Hall
All Seats $10 I Free With Moravian ID
Foy Concert Hall is located on the Hurd Campus of Moravian College
Historic Downtown Bethlehem at Main & Church Streets I Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
For More Info: 610-861-1650 or



Melissa Rowbottom | Artistic Director


Melissa is currently the Artistic Director of the Moravian College Dance Company and an adjunct in Dance History, Ballet I, Musical Theater Dance Styles and Choreography I. Melissa is a native of the Lehigh Valley and has been teaching dance for the past 13 years. She has had many roles in the performing arts, including: performer, teacher, choreographer, and administrator. Melissa received her BA in dance at Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts and also a BS in Business Management. She then received her MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Melissa was most recently a company member of Annex Dance Company and at the collegiate level Melissa has taught and choreographed dance at Northampton Community College and Saint Joseph's University. 


Karen Riehl | Assistant Director


Karen is a native of the Lehigh Valley (raised in Forks Twsp.), where she began her training at Nardi’s Dance Studio and also studied with Alexi Ramov at the Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild. Miss Karen has trained at numerous summer programs, such as Eglevsky Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts. She was accepted into the PA Governor’s School of Performing Arts where she studied with master teachers in all forms of dance. Karen graduated with a BA in Dance from Point Park University. She performed for many years throughout the Lehigh Valley with DanceGing and various roles with Pennsylvania Youth Theater. Miss Karen was a dance instructor at Nardi’s Dance Studio for more than twelve years.

She also received her elementary teaching certification from DeSales University. Karen taught for the Wilson Area S.D. for over 10 years. She resigned from teaching in the school district to follow her dream of owning her own dance studio. Miss Karen's Dance studio began in her basement in 2012, and moved to a larger location in 2014. The dance studio is located in her home town of Forks Township.  

Karen has choreographed musicals for Wilson Area HS the past three years. She also works with children in the community teaching Dance Enrichment programs at the “Y” Daycare.

This is her first year working with the Moravian Dance Company as Assistant Director and teaching ballet classes. Karen is excited to be a part of the company and their annual dance concert.


Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman | Program Advisor


Mary Anne Gillen Hoffman began her dance training in the Lehigh Valley, was a performing member of the Ballet Guild of the LV and continued her dance education at Boston Conservatory. She performed with several Dance Companies in Boston, New York State and Pennsylvania. On her return to the LV Ms. Hoffman taught for BGLV, PA Youth Theater, RDT, Northeast Ministries, Dream Kids and many local studios. Her ambition to share her love of dance led her to create outreach programs in 7 schools in the Bethlehem Area School District. She is a past recipient of the LVAIC Award for Distinguished Service in Dance.  She was the Artistic Director of the Moravian College Dance Company for 12 years and after stepping down accepted the position of Program Advisor. Ms. Hoffman is currently employed as a Ballet teacher for the Dance and Figure Skating Departments at the LV Charter High School for the Arts. Also she is Adjunct Faculty at Moravian teaching a Spring 2018 semester Ballet 2 course.


Tabatha Robinson-Scott | Choreography


Tabatha Robinson-Scott holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance and a Master of Education in Dance from Temple University.  She is the artistic director of the Monarch Dance Company, based in the Lehigh Valley, PA, now in its 18th Season.  She has presented choreography and commissions throughout the country including Miami, Phoenix, New York City, Philadelphia, Detroit, and internationally in London at the Olympics in 2012.  She currently teaches at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA and continues her work as a master teacher, artistic advocate and artistic scholar.  She is currently in the final stages of completing her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Leadership.