N.J. - The Mercer Dance Ensemble (MDE), featuring students
and community dancers, presents "On the Move!"
at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Performances
will be held Saturday, May 12 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 13
at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
choreographers, including faculty members, MCCC alumni and
a current student, will blend their talents for a performance
that will incorporate a variety of modern and international
dance styles as it celebrates the body in motion. Approximately
13 pieces will be performed.
the international element to this year's performance will
be Latin American tango, choreographed by MCCC's Theatre/Dance
Program Coordinator Jody Person. A professional tango dancer,
Person has found this highly stylized dance form to be very
helpful in teaching acting skills to his students.
notes that MCCC Theater students learn how to tango during
their first acting class. "It helps them be clearer with
their intentions, improve coordination, and develop a stronger
understanding of posture as they learn to follow and lead,"
that through tango, students become more used to physical
contact with their acting partners, while developing a sense
of spatial awareness on stage. They also learn to play with
and alter rhythms, which is very useful in line delivery.
"Tango forces the performer to make creative choices
very quickly. Actors have to get use to making quick creative
decisions when they are auditioning for roles," Person