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Karen Dearborn to receive Distinguished Service Award from LVAIC Dance Consortium

Award to be presented at Muhlenberg's Master Choreographers performance

Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:33:00 EST

Professor Karen Dearborn, founder and chair of the Muhlenberg College Dance Program, will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the LVAIC Dance Consortium prior to the performance of Master Choreographers on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The Dance Consortium is a collaborative effort of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), created to pool resources to bring world-class performers and choreographers to the Lehigh Valley. Now in its 40th year, the Dance Consortium includes Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College. The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to a member of the Lehigh Valley dance community for outstanding contributions to the advancement of local dance.

The award will be presented by Deborah Sacarakis, artistic director of the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University and recipient of the 2014 award. Ms. Dearborn is the 24th recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

The award ceremony will take place at 8 p.m., at the beginning of Thursday's performance. A reception will follow the performance.

Master Choreographers
Feb. 5-7 in the Empie Theatre
Baker Center for the Arts
Muhlenberg College

Thursday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 & 8 p.m.

Muhlenberg & LVAIC students, faculty & staff: $8
Regular Admission: $15


Karen Dearborn has choreographed over 80 works in concert, theatre, and musical theatre, including national tours of the Tony Award-winning National Theatre of the Deaf and several Equity theatres. She has provided choreography for Summer Music Theatre productions of A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Hairspray, The Music Man, The Mikado, The Sound of Music, The Who’s Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Guys and Dolls, and Oliver! as well as Muhlenberg Mainstage productions of On the Town, The Pajama Game, The Other Shore, Oklahoma!, Urinetown, Cabaret, and West Side Story. She also regularly choreographs dance works for Master Choreographers. Ms. Dearborn is the chair and founding director of Muhlenberg’s Dance Program. Her scholarly research has been published in The Journal of Dance Education, and she contributed an essay to the book Performing Magic on the Western Stage. She serves on the executive board of the American College Dance Association.