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MCCC Dance Faculty to Present “Dance Dialogues,” a Free Performance at West Windsor Campus Studio Theatre July 29


A piece from Rebecca Brodowski's dance company. Photo by Terrell Halsey.

Some of the work by Professor Jody Gazenbeek-Person, right, with Anton Person-Gazenbeek, is influenced by tango.

Jennifer Gladney will feature MCCC dancers in two original works. Photo by Peter Borg.


West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Dance faculty invites the community to a free performance. “Dance Dialogues” will be presented Saturday, July 29, starting at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. (The Studio Theatre is located next to Kelsey Theatre.)

According to Dance Program Coordinator Jody Gazenbeek-Person, this is the college's first full faculty dance concert, with every member of the faculty contributing original work, including Gazenbeek-Person, Jill Molinaro, Jennifer Gladney and Rebecca Brodowski. Most of the pieces will feature professional dancers, including those from faculty members’ own dance companies. Two pieces will be performed by Mercer’s Dance students.

According to Gazenbeek-Person, the concert was conceived to help audiences gain a better appreciation of dance. “We know a lot of people feel challenged by the idea of attending a dance concert. At the end of each piece, the choreographer will discuss their work to help the audience understand how ‘to read’ the dance. Since all of us are dance educators, as well as professional dancers, we are excited to share perspectives on how to critically look at dance,” he said, adding that instructor Jill Molinaro proposed the show and collaborated with Gazenbeek-Person on the theme.
Gazenbeek-Person is creating several original dances for the concert with his dance partner, Anton Person-Gazenbeek. Influences include Argentine tango, disco, and traditional elements of ballet. They will also perform "The Blues Number," a ground-breaking Broadway piece from the 1950s, and a powerful variation of Michel Fokine's "The Dying Swan."

MCCC instructor Jennifer Gladney, who also teaches dance at Rider University, will present two original works with MCCC dancers Kel Vallery, Melissa Rasimowicz, Sabrina Iacobellis, Caitlin Kazanski, and Amy Annucci. One features movement and music that alternates between loosely coordinated and tightly coordinated movements. “It is birthed from the idea that our lives must have balance – between a tightly run ship and going with the moment. Which style are you drawn to? This is a great starting place for a discussion with the audience,” Gladney said. Her second piece is inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love."

Instructor Jill Molinaro will present an 11-minute work entitled “Alteration,” which explores architectural movements through space. It will be performed by LJ Boyce, Amanda Chiarello, Sherry Greenspan, Mecquel, Doreen Laperdon-Addison, Melissa Rasimowicz, and Nella Iaccarino. Their musical accompaniment is "City Boy" by Judd Greenstein.

Instructor Rebecca Brodowski’s dance company will perform two pieces, one of which is choreographed by MCCC alumna Brianne Scott, a performer with the Philadelphia based company M2M. Through the use of a projector that will add background scenes, Scott’s piece will create an immersive experience. In another piece, choreographed by Brodowski, dancers will focus on the choices we make every day and how they create a chain reaction.
Donations will be accepted at the door. All concert proceeds will be used towards future concerts and student scholarships.

The MCCC Dance program includes the study of jazz, ballet, and modern dance styles from the fundamentals to advanced instruction. With the benefit of small classes and individualized instruction, students may earn either an A.A. degree, which prepares them for transfer as juniors into a B.A. program in Dance, or an A.F.A. in the Performing Arts, a transfer program in which they combine conservatory training in theater, dance and music with education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

More about the MCCC Theatre/Dance program is available here.

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