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Monthly Newsletter: April 2014

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Dancing with Shel materials

April 2014
Notes from the Director:
Dancing with Shel Information
Dancing with Shel Memorabilia
and Good Luck Messages
Sign up for Summer Session!
Meet the MCDC Family
Birthday Corner
Mark Your Calendars
Articles of Interest
Notes from the Director:
Dancing with Shel Information
Dear Friends,

Rehearsals are well underway for our spring performance of Dancing with Shel. We are looking forward to performing next month for our families and friends and seeing all the dancers’ hard work come to life in Baker Theatre! Tickets for the performance are available by calling the box office at: 484-664-3333. (Youth tickets are $5 and adult tickets are $10.)

Our dancers will be wearing costumes for the performances provided by MCDC, so there is no added cost for costuming. However, a letter will go out this month asking parents to obtain specific undergarments and tights for their dancer's classes. We will provide you with information about make-up and hair for the school at the same time as well.

We also would like to offer our young dancers' loved ones and supporters the opportunity to wish their dancers well, with a message in the official Dancing with Shel program book! To place a message, just fill out this form and return it to us by April 20:

You can help publicize the show by printing out the official Dancing with Shel poster and hanging it up wherever there are people who might want to attend!

We can still use your help in other ways, too! I am still in need of ushers and parent chaperones. Please contact me at: if you are interested in assisting us. The class handout with descriptions of these roles is attached below.

Lisa Bottitta-Busfield
MCDC Educational Director
Dancing with Shel Memorabilia
and Good Luck Messages

Get a memento from Dancing with Shel experience!

Show t-shirts and performance DVDs are available. Order yours now!

You can also send your dancer a good luck message in the performance program — and help to support MCDC (which is a nonprofit operation of the Muhlenberg College Dance Program)!

If you're interested, please download the forms and hand them in to your teacher by April 20.

Sign up for Summer Session!
Register now for the MCDC Summer Session classes in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement, and Musical Theatre Dance! Classes are offered at a variety of levels:

Creative Movement, ages 4-6 — Mondays, 5-5:50
Beginning Ballet & Jazz, ages 7-9 — Tuesdays, 5-6:30
Intermediate Modern (wks 1-4) & Jazz (wks 5-8), ages 9-13 — Tuesdays, 6-7
Intermediate Ballet, ages 9-13 — Tuesdays, 5-6
Advanced Ballet, ages 13+ — Mondays, 5-6:30; Wednesdays, 5-6:30
Advanced Jazz, ages 13+ — Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30
Advanced Modern, ages 13+ — Mondays 6:30-7:30
Musical Theatre Dance, ages 13+ — Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30

Download a Youth brochure
Registration form only

Also this summer, we will offer Adult Classes in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Adult Ballet, and Pilates. Please visit the website for details and registration forms.
Meet the MCDC Family

This month's Student of the Month is Alex Keane. Alex is a 6-year-old Beginning Ballet student who attends St. Thomas More Elementary School. She has been dancing for three years, and her favorite thing about dancing is spinning! Her other hobbies include reading and swimming.

Congratulations to MCDC student Emma Smith, who will be attending the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts (LVPA) in the fall! Watch her open the notification letter.

Birthday Corner
5: Cora Feigley
6: Gwendolyn Minogue
12: Aubrey Miller
12: Eva Grace Saab
18: Madeline Bigert
18: Aurora Macdonald
26: Farrah Hahn

3: Amelia Ouellette Scott
10: Natalie Gulliver
10: Connor Knowlan
26: Jordan Gulliver
27: Emma Schilling
Mark Your Calendars

April 18-20 - Easter Break: no classes

May 3 - Early Bird Registration for Summer Sessions

Snow Makeup Days
Monday, May 5
.....Creative Movement I, 5-5:50 p.m., ULS
Tuesday, May 6
.....Intermediate Ballet, 5-6 p.m., ULS (regular time and place)
.....Beginning/Intemediate Modern, 6-7 p.m., ULS (regular time and place)

Dancing with Shel Rehearsals
Tuesday, May 6 - tech rehearsal for Performance Co. and senior dancers only
Wednesday, May 7 - tech rehearsal, full cast — mandatory
.....Creative Movement & Beginning students, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
.....Intermediate & Advanced students, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 8 - dress rehearsal, full cast — mandatory
.....Creative Movement & Beginning students, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
.....Intermediate & Advanced students, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Dancing with Shel Performances
Friday, May 9, 7 p.m. — dancers report at 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, 1 p.m. — dancers report at noon

May 26 - Registration Deadline for Summer Sessions

June 2 - July 23 - Summer Session classes

Articles of Interest
Check out these articles discussing the latest news in the dance field, ranging from healthy dancing to skills children learn from the arts.