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Moravian College Dance Company is honored

Posing after the awards are, left to right: Paul Tardue, owner of Center Stage Lighting and Rigging, Mary Anne Hoffman, artistic director of Moravian College Dance Company, Dawn Ketterman-Benner, founder and faculty advisor to the Dance Company, Blair Flintom, production stage manager, and Bill Bauman, production assistant.

Photo by Stephanie Dengler '16

The Moravian College Dance Company recently received the Arts Organization Award from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission for its many years of contribution to local arts through its inventive performances.

Founded by Dawn Ketterman-Benner, tennis coach and professor of physical education, in 1975 as a club activity, dancers took classes and rehearsed in a small room off the women’s locker room in the rear of Johnston Hall. Concerts were given in Prosser Auditorium and Johnston Hall and sometimes on the soccer field. In the early 1990s, dancers began performing in Foy Hall. Last year, the club’s 37th, the concert had 75 dancers onstage and a standing-room-only audience both nights.

“The company has continued to grow in size and now focuses on more intense dance training and complex choreography and collaborates with the music and theatre departments,” says Ketterman-Benner. “MCDC is an outlet for students to explore the artistic dimensions of modern dance, jazz, tap, and ballet.

“The Moravian dancers have studied in New York City, taught in the schools and have taken countless master classes with professional dancers. The company has evolved into a beautiful piece of art that will always be loved and treasured on campus, and this honor is well-deserved, both for past and present dancers, who have really become a professional dance company,” she adds.