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MAD (Movement and Dance Weekend) 2019 at Nazareth features collaboration with Arts Center Series artists

Published October 22, 2019

The Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department presents the eighth annual MAD (Movement and Dance) Weekend from Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27 on the Nazareth College campus. More than 25 renowned dance and movement artists, both regional and national, will lead the weekend-long series of master classes, lectures, and performances in a variety of dance styles. Technique classes are open to all dancers, actors, and movers of all skill levels ages 15 and up.

In a unique collaboration with the Arts Center's main series of events, two artists will participate in MAD weekend among other noted dancers and choreographers:

  • New York City-based artist Michela Marino Lerman will teach an open tap class on Friday, October 25 from 9:30-10:50 a.m. in the Nazareth College Arts Center. The previous night, Lerman will perform in Harlem 100 featuring Mwenso & the Shakes: Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance (Thursday, October 24 at 8 p.m. in Callahan Theater).
  • Philadelphia's Koresh Dance Company will teach two open modern technique classes in Callahan Theater on Friday, October 25 (11:00-12:30 p.m. and 1:45-3:15 p.m.). As part of their MAD weekend residency, company members Robert Tyler and Sarah Shaulis will also create an original piece for Nazareth dancers that will be performed in the Nazareth College Spring Dance Concert (March 27-28, 2020). Koresh Dance Company will return to perform their latest work Inner Sun, inspired by the parallel between the earth's core and that of the human body and spirit, on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8 p.m. in Callahan Theater.

MAD Artists' Showcase
MAD Weekend will culminate in a guest artists' showcase on Sunday, October 27 at 6 p.m. in Callahan Theater. The showcase will feature work from the following artists: Tammy Carrasco (Artistic Director of Wild Beast Dance), Yuki Ishiguro (Dancer/Choreographer/Artistic Director for dance company "Yu.S.Artistry"), Alyssandra Wu (Artistic Director/ Educator at Alonzo King Lines and DancEsteem), Hettie Barnhill (Broadway actress, director, choreographer/educator), Hollis Bartlett (performer, educator, dance maker), Michelle Pritchard (Pilates instructor, dancer and dance instructor), Eran Hanlon (Artistic Director at Hanlon Dance & Company), and Gierre Godley (artistic director and choreographer; Project 44; Chicago). Tickets are $10 cash at the door.

Tickets for classes and concerts will be sold throughout the weekend at the registration table (beginning at 9 a.m.) on Friday, October 25 in the Arts Center lower lobby. Classes are $5 each, with discounts for multiple classes purchased. Cash only. General seating for the MAD Artists Showcase on Sunday, October 27 is $10, cash only. For more information, including the schedule of events, visit

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