Meet the Faculty


MCDC for Young Dancers

Meet the Instructors

Teresa VanDenend Sorge

 

Teresa VanDenend Sorge, Ed.M., in addition to supervising and mentoring the MCDC teaching staff, is teaching Monday evening's Creative Movement class. Teresa has been sharing her talents in various teaching positions since 2000, including instructor of dance at Hope College in Holland, Mich.; dance instructor at Koresh Dance Company, in Philadelphia; and adjunct professor at Temple University. Teresa has performed with Aerial Dance Theatre, PUSH Physical Theatre, and InLet Dance Theatre. Teresa received her B.A. in dance performance/choreography as well as receiving her certification in dance education for children K through 12.

Megan Flynn

 

Megan Flynn is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher of ballet, contemporary dance, and Pilates. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and her BFA in Dance from Tulane University.  Megan also earned a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies at the Laban Center in London. As a dancer, she has worked with numerous professional companies and toured internationally. As a choreographer, her solo and group pieces have been performed in Europe and most recently in Philadelphia, New York City and Irvine. She has served as a guest teacher for: Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy and the Boston Ballet School; Skipton Summer School in England; and Spoke the Hub in Brooklyn.

Marcie Mamura

Marcie Mamura's teaching artist work includes ESF Dream Camp — Girard College, Camp Sojourner Girls' Leadership Camp, and ArtWell. She has also served as adjunct faculty and assistant director of the FreshDance Ensemble at Drexel University. As a freelance artist, she's performed works by Mina Estrada, Gabrielle Revlock, and Nicole Bindler. Her choreography has been presented in Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. She's a founding member of TRANSForm Dance Collective (transformdancecollective.blogspot.com). Ms. Mamura is wildly curious about community practices, language intersections, and artful exchange. M.F.A., University of Oregon; B.A., Kansas State University.


 

Kim Maniscalco is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She trained at the Toledo Ballet School and was a scholarship student at the San Francisco Ballet. Ms. Maniscalco was principle dancer with the Toledo Opera and Springfield Ballet Companies and also performed with Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and the Mary Miller Dance Company. She was the Director and on the faculty of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, also acting as Children’s Repetetrice for Balanchine’s Nutcracker. Ms. Maniscalco was ballet mistress for the Wilkes-Barre Ballet Theatre and taught on the dance faculty of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts. She established the first children’s dance program, The Muhlenberg College Dance Center for Children and Teens, at Muhlenberg College while serving on the faculties of Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Colleges. Ms. Maniscalco holds a degree in Integrated Arts from Cedar Crest College. She has been the Artistic Director of Dance at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts since the school opened.  

Intermediate Ballet is taught with a focus on proper alignment and properly executed technique.  Emphasis is placed on developing and demonstrating strength, stamina, flexibility, control, intrinsic motivation, musicality and artistry

 

Rebecca Moyer has a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Business Management from DeSales University and a M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from State University of New York-Purchase College. She has studied at various institutions, such as the Dance Theatre of Pennsylvania, Governor's School for the Arts, Philadanco, Point Park Summer Intensive, University of the Arts, Koresh School of Dance, Alvin Ailey School, Peridance, among many others. Rebecca has choreographed for the Marywood University Dance Ensemble, DeSales University Dance Ensemble, Penn State Dance Company, Xtensions Dance Company, ACTion Dance Touring Company, Moravian College Dance Company, InMotion Dance Company and her works have been seen in various venues across the Pennsylvania and New York area, such as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia Dance Fest, American College Dance Festivals and Gallery B in New York City. Rebecca is currently teaching at DeSales University and Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

Modern:  This class is a dynamic fusion of various modern forms focusing on technique, physicality and artistry.  Students will be challenged to move to their fullest potential while exploring the expressive use of weight, space, and time.

Ballet: This class will focus on the technical development and artistic expression through the ballet aesthetic.  Alignment, coordination, strength, musicality and movement quality are all emphasized

Jennifer Dite Weaver holds an M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University and a BA in Theater and Dance from Muhlenberg College. She has performed with Sesame Street Live, Eidolon Arts, NYC Broadway Cheerleaders, The Princeton Opera, The Pennington Players, Co-Art Dance Company and the Muhlenberg Theatre Association.  Her TV/film credits include He Said, She Said with Talk TV International, Marci X with Paramount Pictures, and commercials with Adidas, Bell Atlantic, and Time Warner.  She has choreographed Bye Bye Birdie and The Wizard of Oz for Ohev Shalom, Candide for The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, and Jack and The Beanstalk for Playful Productions. Her teaching experience includes adjunct dance faculty at Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Temple University, DeSales University and Mercer County Community College.  She is a member of Actor’s Equity and is presently full time dance faculty at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

Jazz:  This high energy class provides an intermediate through advanced level of contemporary, Broadway and classical jazz techniques.  Students will develop a variety of dance skills, both technical and rhythmical in order to build strong technique, improve performance skills and enhance their artistry.

Modern: This class will provide challenging movement experiences from both classical and contemporary styles of Modern Dance.  An emphasis will be placed on expressing ones individuality while also using the correct principles of training.


 

 

Jessica Afflerbach is junior dance major with an education concentration at Muhlenberg College. Performances for the spring semester ’18 include Master Choreographers and Dance Emerge. She is also showcasing her choreography in spring Dance Gallery ’18, all of which she is very excited about! Additionally, she is an office assistant in the Theatre & Dance Department, a ballet tutor, and the community engagement officer for the Muhlenberg Dance Association. Outside of the dance world she is also the president of the Girls Next Door, Muhlenberg’s all-female a cappella group and she loves dogs. With her MCDC classes she fosters a positive and welcoming environment where dancers can feel comfortable to explore, move their bodies, and take risks!

 

 

 

 Emily Aita is a senior at Muhlenberg College and is delighted to be joining the MCDC team! Performances for the spring semester ’18 include Master Choreographers as well as several events with the Perkulators Jazz Dance Team. In between performing, she is working to complete her double-degree in dance and marketing while interning with FOX 29 in Philadelphia, PA. As a teacher, Emily strives to create a positive and effective learning environment for her students. She focuses on fostering a sense of community while emphasizing themes of expression, rhythm, and technique.

 Alison Calamoneri is a senior at Muhlenberg and is excited to be teaching MCDC for the first time! She is a dance major with concentrations in performance, choreography and education. She is also an English minor. Her performances for the spring semester ’18 include Master Choreographers and Dance Emerge. She is also creating and producing for the Senior Showcase which includes shows on campus as well as in New York. Ali is the alumni relations officer for the Muhlenberg Dance Association as well as a tap tutor with the Academic Resource Center. Ali is also a part of the Muhlenberg JazzTap Ensemble which tours the Allentown area, engaging with the community with a jazztap based show. As a teacher, Ali strives to create a community of rhythm in her classes, emphasizing comfort, individual expression, and risk taking.

 Janine Clark is overjoyed to be joining the MCDC team this semester. She is currently finishing her college experience this semester, where she will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in dance education and business administration.  Janine’s performances this semester include Master Choreographers in February as well as the Perkulators Jazz Dance Team. In her classes she plans to create an environment that provides a safe space for her dancers to take risks with their technique and create authentic movement. She hopes to use all the knowledge she has used in both her technique classes and academic classes to develop relationships with her dancers and not only teacht learn from the MCDC dancers as well.

 

 Jacqueline D'Amico is a senior at Muhlenberg College and delighted to be joining the MCDC teaching team this semester! She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in dance science and psychology. Performances for the spring semester ’18 include  Master Choreographers and Dance Emerge. Choreographic experience this semester inscludes Dance Gallery. In addition to her many performance opportunities, Jacqueline also enjoys her time as the student director of DanceMax Moving Company, the student coordinator of DanceWorks, the administrative assistant of the Muhlenberg Circus and as the senior class representative of the Muhlenberg Dance Association! As a teaching artist, she enjoys sharing in her love of dance and song with Creative Movement I & II and her Teen Technique & Performance Modern students. In each of her classes, she strives to teach her movers through safe, creative, and functional movement exploration.

 Sara Goodman is a sophomore at Muhlenberg College and is thrilled to start teaching for MCDC this semester! She is studying dance education and performance along with music and Jewish studies. Sara is an active member of the Muhlenberg Dance Association and has a performance in the spring Dance Gallery ’18 concert. She is very excited to use the education she has received at Muhlenberg along with her experience teaching dance at overnight camp to create a fun and safe moving environment in all of her MCDC classes.

Kyra Kramer is a junior at Muhlenberg College, honored to teach with MCDC for her sixth semester! She is a dance major with an education concentration and pursuing early elementary education certification Pre K-4. Kyra performances for the spring semester ’18 include Master Choreographers in February, Dance Emerge in April, and Dance Gallery in May. Kyra serves as the treasurer for the Muhlenberg Dance Association, and she is the Secretary for the Perkulators Jazz Dance Team. In all of her MCDC classrooms, she wants to create a safe space where students can use the medium of dance to develop personally and express their creativity and emotions.

 Jane Mafale is a sophomore at Muhlenberg College and is overjoyed to be teaching with MCDC for the first time this semester! She is studying dance, elementary education, and psychology. Jane is a member of the Copacetic Rhythms tap team, and is performing in various dance concerts during the spring semester ’18, such as Dance Emerge and Dance Gallery. Jane is eager to bring her classroom teaching experience into the studio and expand her knowledge working with dancers in new ways to help them foster their creativity, technique, and confidence. She hopes that her dancers will be inspired each class to explore their own movements, and find new ways to take risks, and grow.