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March 2012
Notes From the Directors
Be on time for class!
MCDC Dancers Class in NYC
Meet the MCDC Family
Mark Your Calendars
MCDC Performance Company Shows
Birthday Corner
MCDC Apparel
Inclement Weather
Notes From the Directors

Dear Friends,

As most of you have guessed by now, MCDC will be performing Where the Wild Things Are for our Spring Performance in early May! This story-based theme will allow all students to dance numerous times within the production and perform with other classes throughout the performance. We are also excited that our student teachers will be choreographing, assisting, and participating in the performance with our MCDC students.

ALL MCDC dancers are encouraged to participate in this show! There will be two performances, May 11 and 12, in Muhlenberg’s Baker Theatre. There are two dress rehearsals leading up to the performances, on May 9 and 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. All dancers have been asked to inform their teachers upon returning from Spring Break whether they will or will not be participating in the production so we can plan accordingly.

PARENTS & FRIENDS: We need your help! We are in need of some helping hands to make this production come to life. We need help with sewing costumes, building pieces for the set, creating/crafting costume design elements (e.g., head pieces, tree branches, leaves, vines, and so on). If you are willing and able, PLEASE SIGN UP and we will get in touch with you.

Also, please help spread the word! Please download this 8.5x11 flier, and print out as many as you would like. You can hand them out to friends and relatives, or hang them up in schools and businesses you frequent.

We're excited about this project, and we hope that you are too! Thank you in advance for all your help!

Lisa Bottitta-Busfield
MCDC Educational Director

Be on time for class!

Just a friendly reminder, we need ALL students to be on time and ready to dance at the start of their class. This is for the safety of your child! If the dancer is not on time for class, they are not getting a proper warmup and are more susceptible to injury. Also, if you child will be missing a class, please let the teacher know ahead of time if possible.

MCDC Dancers Class in NYC

On Feb. 19, the Performance Company and advanced dancers took part in a Bob Fosse-themed class at Broadway Dance Center. Eighteen dancers enjoyed a 90-minute class in musical theatre with professional dancer J. Ryan Carroll. The dancers were taught a routine to "Bye Bye Blackbird" from the award-winning concert film Liza with a Z, featuring Liza Minnelli. MCDC Youth Program and Performance Company Director Tara Repsher coordinated the trip. We enjoyed not only the class but also a day in the city, and we can't wait to return next year!

For information about joining the MCDC Performance Company, please see the MCDC website, or contact Tara Repsher.

Back row (L-R): Emmeline Knowlan, Julie Damiter, Mia Simms, Malini Ray, Reinys, Beriguette, Corinne Minogue, J.R. Carroll, Alyssa Jamison, Abby Stevens, Jenny Tran. Front row (L-R): Emma Smith, Georgia Johnson, Jordan Gulliver, Natasha Kuklis, Jeanne Ritter, Jazmine Jackson, Makayla Mason, Carolyn Lajara, Meghan Miller-Brown

Meet the MCDC Family
March’s Student of the Month is Georgia Johnson. Currently, Georgia is in fifth grade at Saint Thomas More School. Georgia has been dancing since she was three years old and has taken tap, hip hop, modern, and jazz at MCDC over the years. Her favorite style being hip hop. Other hobbies Georgia enjoys are swimming. diving, and volleyball. Georgia will also be playing the part of Max in our Spring Performance of Where the Wild Things Are.

Mark Your Calendars
March 4-11, 2012 - No Classes-Spring Break, enjoy!
April 6-7, 2012 - No Classes-Easter Break
April 19-22, 2012 - Muhlenberg College's Dance Emerge (Student Choreography Concert). Tickets available in the Trexler Pavilion Box Office or online.

May 5, 2012 - Spring Session Classes End
May 7 & 8, 2012
- Make-up classes for Saturday, Jan. 21 snow day. Schedule to be announced.
May 9, 2012
- Spring Show Tech Rehearsal (FULL CAST), 4:30-7:30pm in Baker Theatre
May 10, 2012
- Spring Show Dress Rehearsal (FULL CAST), 4:30-7:30pm in Baker Theatre
May 11-12, 2012
- Spring Performances of Where the Wild Things Are (Baker Theatre)
- Fri. May 11, 2012
- First performance, 7 p.m.
- Sat. May 12, 2012
- Second performance, 3 p.m., reception following this performance
May 12, 2012
- Early Bird registration deadline for Summer Session

June 11, 2012 - Registration deadline for Summer Session
June 18 - July 25, 2012
- Summer Session dance classes

MCDC Performance Company Shows

The Performance Company will be performing at the following events. Come support your fellow dancers!

Saturday, April 21, time tbd
Spring on Fourth, Southside Bethlehem
Third and New Streets, Bethlehem

Details to follow

Birthday Corner

Happy birthday, MCDC dancers!

17: Keira Walther
20: Kaelan Damitz

12: Ava Grace Saab
18: Madeline Bigert
20: Kelsey Mang
21: Abby Stevens

MCDC Apparel
MCDC is selling shirts, pants, and key chains along with a Spring Performance shirt with our logo. If you are interested, please download the order form and hand in to Tara no later than Thursday, April 5.

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.

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