Arts Education CV 5 Dance FestivalsMarch 20, 2012

New Jersey Performing Arts Center presents Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance this weekend.

11 New Jersey dance companies, 2 days, 1 unique experience and, as a guide for the lover of dance both new and seasoned–we present:

Top 5 Reasons to See Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance

  1. There’s something for everyone. The festival includes classical ballet, modern, tap, classical Indian Bharata Natyam, traditional West African, and Spanish flamenco.  Whether you are an avid dance fan or a first-time audience member, you will find dance that moves and intrigues you.
  2. You WILL understand it (because you don’t have to…) Friends often tell me that they are afraid to attend dance concerts because they won’t “get it”.  I am tired of this excuse.  Sit back, watch, and enjoy.  It is what it is.  I don’t look at a painting and worry if I understand the shade of red that is used.
  3. The Victoria Theatre is a wonderful venue to watch dance. The 514-seat Victoria Theatre, the smaller of the two proscenium theaters at NJPAC, is a jewel.  There is not a bad seat in the house, and dance fits well in this more intimate setting.
  4. Dancers are eye candy. The professional dancers in these companies dance brilliantly with strong technique, beautiful expression, and impressive athleticism.  I once read a study that dancers are more attractive because of their symmetry.  Well, the 50 + dancers are something to see.
  5. This festival is a unique opportunity to see the best of New Jersey dance. This combination of pieces performed by these companies may never be duplicated in another performance.  The companies represent the best of the New Jersey dance community.

Saturday evening’s performance includes works by Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre (flamenco), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (modern), Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company (modern), New Jersey Ballet (classical ballet), and Umoja Dance Companies (West African).  The evening will include live music and choreography by George Balanchine.

Sunday afternoon’s performance includes works by American Repertory Ballet (classical ballet), Claire Porter (modern), Freespace Dance (modern), New Jersey Tap Ensemble (rhythm tap), Ramya Ramnarayan (classical Indian dance), and Randy James Dance Works (modern).

Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance, Saturday, March 24, 7:30 pm & Sunday, March 25, 3:00 pm.  Tickets available at
For more information, check out some other recent articles from the New York  Times and on the Geraldine R. Dodge website. We hope to see you there!

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Macada Brandl
Macada Brandl

Macada serves as the Executive Director of Dance New Jersey, the statewide service organization which promotes the excellence, excitement, and energy of dance and dance education. During her seven years with the organization, first as the Managing Director, and then in 2006 assuming the role of Executive Director, Dance New Jersey has expanded its programs and services and has membership grow from 35 to over 300 members. Prior to joining Dance New Jersey, Macada served as the arts program coordinator for the Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute (NSRI) at Seton Hall University. She holds a Masters of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in performance/choreography from Florida State University. As a dancer, Macada performed throughout the East Coast with modern dance companies, ballet companies and musical theatre productions. Through the years, Macada worked with Lee Theodore, Ann Reinking, Murray Louis, and Richard Sias. She has won awards for her musical theatre choreography and enjoys teaching and choreographing whenever her schedule allows.

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