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April 2013
Notes From the Director
Chocolate Factory Memorabilia
& Good Luck Messages

Sign Up for Summer Session!
June 17 – July 24
Meet the MCDC Family
Last Chance for MCDC Apparel!
Performance Company Update
Mark Your Calendars
Birthday Corner
Inclement Weather & Makeup Day
Articles of Interest
Notes From the Director

Dear Friends,

Rehearsals are well underway for our spring performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 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.)

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 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory program book! To place a message, just fill out this form and return it to us by April 20:

Good Luck Message Order Form

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

Chocolate Factory Poster

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. A handout went out in March with descriptions of these roles.

Lisa Bottitta-Busfield
MCDC Educational Director

Chocolate Factory Memorabilia
& Good Luck Messages

Get a memento from the Charlie and Chocolate Factory 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!
June 17 – July 24

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, 5-6
Beginning Ballet & Jazz, ages 7-9 — Mondays, 6-7:30
Intermediate Modern & Jazz, 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

Also this summer: Adult Ballet
for all levels, June 17 – July 22
Download a brochure

Meet the MCDC Family

April's Student of the Month is Keira Walther. Now 7, Keira has been taking MCDC classes since she was 5-and-a-half. She took Creative Movement last year and is in the Beginning Ballet class this year.

Keira says she has been dancing ever since she could walk. She attends Shoemaker Elementary School, and besides dancing, she loves building Lego Friends, being a Daisy Scout, reading, doing math, swimming, being a big sister and making new friends.

"My favorite thing about dancing is how happy it makes me feel," she says. "And I think it's cool that dance words are in French."

Last Chance for MCDC Apparel!

This is your last chance to order MCDC shirts, pants, and lanyards! Get your order form handed in by Friday, April 12.

Performance Company Update

Parkland High School hosted its Just Dance Showcase on March 2. MCDC’s Performance Company performed a jazz piece choreographed by Jill Casella. This was their second time performing in the Showcase.

The Morning Call published photos from the event on its website. Image #12 is MCDC.

Mark Your Calendars
May 6, 2013Makeup Day for Monday classes (from Jan. 28 weather cancellation)
May 8, 2013
— Spring Show tech rehearsal, 4:30 - 7:30
May 9, 2013
— Spring Show dress rehearsal, 4:30 - 7:30

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Spring Show in the Baker Theatre
Friday, May 10 @ 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 @ 1 p.m. (Reception to follow)
Please note that the Saturday show has been moved to 1 p.m.!

June 10, 2013 — Registration Deadline for Summer Session
June 17 – July 24, 2013 — Summer Session Classes

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday, MCDC Dancers!


6: Gwendolyn Minogue
12: Ava Grace Saab
16: Riley Damitz
18: Madeline Bigert
20: Kelsey Mang
21: Hannah Baker
21: Abby Stevens


2: Amia Knudson
3: Amelia Ouellette Scott
10: Natalie Gulliver
10: Lana Slater
13: Riley Mang
14: Mollie Lachter
26: Jordan Gulliver
27: Emma Schilling
27: Joanna Whitney

Did we miss anyone? Let us know by e-mailing

Inclement Weather & Makeup Day

Monday classes will meet for an extra session on May 6, to make up for the Jan. 28 weather cancellation.

In the event of inclement weather, please check the MCDC website or the WFMZ News website for MCDC class cancellations.

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.

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