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MCDC News
March 2013
Notes From the Director:
Spring Performance: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Chocolate Factory Memorabilia
& Good Luck Messages

MCDC Dances in NYC
Meet the MCDC Family
MCDC Apparel Sale!
Mark Your Calendars
Birthday Corner
Inclement Weather & Makeup Day
Articles of Interest
Notes From the Director:
Spring Performance: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Dear Friends,

Our 2013 Spring Performance is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! 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 and to notify their teacher immediately if they are not planning on performing! There will be two performances, May 10 and 11, in Muhlenberg’s Baker Theatre. There are two mandatory rehearsals leading up to the performances, on May 8 and 9 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Younger children (beginning and creative movement classes) will not be required to attend all three hours of rehearsal. More specific information via hand outs and in the newsletter will follow.

PARENTS & FRIENDS: We need your help! To prepare for the upcoming shows, we will need parent volunteers. We are in need of 6 parent chaperones per rehearsal and performance to assist our teachers in the studios with our young dancers. We will also need 4 ushers per performance to assist with ticket collection and handing out programs. More detailed information about each role will follow in a handout after Spring Break. But if you are interested in any of these roles, please email me at: lbusfield@muhlenberg.edu.

Also, please help spread the word! Please download this 8.5x11 Charlie Poster, 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!

Sincerely,
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.

MCDC Dances in NYC
Back row: Conner Knowland, Emmeline Knowland, Meghan Miller Brown, Mia Simms, Corinne Minogue, Anna Lechter Hartmann. Front row: Hannah Baker, Emma Smith, Julia Sams, Jeanne Ritter, Jordan Gulliver and Malini Ray
Back row: Conner Knowland, Emmeline Knowland, Meghan Miller Brown, Mia Simms, Corinne Minogue, Anna Lechter Hartmann. Front row: Hannah Baker, Emma Smith, Julia Sams, Jeanne Ritter, Jordan Gulliver and Malini Ray

The Performance Company and advanced dancers took a musical theatre class on Feb. 18, taught by David Kent, the dance captain from the Broadway musical Chicago. He is the lead rehearsal dancer as well as the dancer who ran the auditions for the show. The students learned “Hot Honey Rag” and “All that Jazz” from the show! The students did a fantastic job in class and asked insightful questions at the end of class during the Q & A part of class.

For information about joining the MCDC Performance Company, please see the MCDC website, or contact Company Director Tara Repsher at mcdc@muhlenberg.edu.
Meet the MCDC Family
March’s Student of the Month is Jordan Gulliver. Jordan has been dancing since she was five years old. Her favorite style of dance is hip hop. Jordan has been a part of MCDC’s Performance Company since she was 10 years old and really enjoys the friendships she has made through MCDC. A highlight for Jordan has also been taking class with the Performance Company at the Broadway Dance Center. Other hobbies Jordan enjoys are hanging out with friends, shopping, and reading.
MCDC Apparel Sale!
MCDC is selling shirts, pants, and lanyards along with a Spring Performance shirt with our logo. If you are interested, please download the order form and hand it in to your child's teacher no later than Friday, April 5.
Mark Your Calendars

March 3-10, 2013 — No classes—Spring Break
March 29-31, 2013
— No classes—Easter Break


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.!

Birthday Corner

Happy Birthday, MCDC Dancers!

March:
5: Margot Tuerk
17: Keira Walther
20: Kaelan Damitz

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

Did we miss anyone? Let us know by e-mailing scottsnyder@muhlenberg.edu.

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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