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Monthly Newsletter: January 2012

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January 2012
Register for Spring Classes by Friday, Jan. 13!
Notes from the Directors
New York City Trip
Meet the MCDC Family
Mark Your Calendars
Inclement Weather
Notes from the Directors

Dear Friends:

Each year, Muhlenberg dance students have the incredible opportunity to perform in the Master Choreographers concert. A spectacular evening of ballet, contemporary dance, tap and jazz, the concert showcases exciting new dance works choreographed by nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists and faculty.

This season's concert will feature six world-premiere works, as well as a prestigious restaging of "Valse Fantaisie," by the great contemporary ballet composer George Balanchine. Master Choreographers will be held Feb. 9-11 in the Empie Theatre, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8.

Several MCDC teachers are among the dancers selected for this season's Master Choreographers concert. Watch for ballet teacher Sarah Biren, creative movement teacher Kelsey Hutchison, tap instructor Sioned Papparotto, and jazz instructor Jill Casella among the talented dancers on stage.

MCDC students of all ages — and their parents: We encourage you to join us Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. for MCDC Day at Master Choreographers. Receive a special concert-goers guide before the concert, and then join us for a Talkback Session with the MCDC faculty. Your dance teachers will tell you all about the experience of performing on the Muhlenberg Mainstage, and you can ask them all your questions!

Tickets for MCDC Day are $8 for young audience members and $15 for adults. Get your tickets online, or call 484-664-3333. Be sure to mention MCDC Day when you order!

Karen Dearborn, Professor
Director of Dance at Muhlenberg College
MCDC Executive Director

New York City Trip

MCDC Performance Company's New York City Trip:
Seats available to upper-level students

The MCDC Performance Company will be New York-bound on Feb. 19. We'll be participating in a 90-minute musical theatre class in the City, and then students and parents will have the rest of the day to explore NYC! JJ Limousine will provide transportation. Further details are forthcoming.

The trip is open to all Accelerated Intermediate and Advanced students and their parents. If you're interested in signing up or would like to find out the cost (which is still to be determined), please email Tara by Feb. 1, at

Meet the MCDC Family
This month, we'd like to introduce Emma Madison Fermier, a 9-year-old MCDC student! Emma attends Cetronia Elementary School and is in the fourth grade. She has been dancing with MCDC for four-and-a-half years and takes ballet, jazz, tap and modern classes. Emma's hobbies include swimming and playing outside when it's nice out, and she likes creating art projects. Emma also enjoys any performing arts activities, including MCDC, playing the piano (which she has done for almost three years), and playing the clarinet.
Mark Your Calendars
Jan. 13, 2012 — Registration deadline, Spring Session
Jan. 17, 2012 — Spring Session, Classes Begin

Feb 9-11, 2012 — Muhlenberg College’s Master Choreographers (faculty and guest artist concert). Tickets available at 484-664-3333 or online. Come see your child’s student teacher perform!
Feb. 11, 2012 — MCDC Day at Master Choreographers, 2 p.m. See Directors' Notes for details.
Feb. 19, 2012 — MCDC Performance Company trip to New York City

March 4-11, 2012 — No Classes—Spring Break

April 6-7, 2012 — No Classes—Easter Break
April 19-22, 2012 — Muhlenberg College’s Dance Emerge (student choreography concert). Tickets available at 484-664-3333 or online.

May 5, 2012 — Spring Session Classes End
May 9, 2012 — Performance Company Tech Rehearsal, time TBA
May 10, 2012 — Spring Show Dress Rehearsal, time TBA
May 11-12, 2012 — Spring Performance (Baker Theatre)
– Fri. May 11, 2012 — First performance, 7:00 p.m.
– Sat. May 12, 2012 — Second performance, 3:00 p.m., reception following the performance
Inclement Weather
In case of inclement weather, please refer to WFMZ Channel 69 News or the WFMZ Website for MCDC class cancellations. We will also post class cancellations on the front of the Muhlenberg website.
Visit the MCDC website today to enroll for Spring 2012 classes! Registration deadline Jan. 13.

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