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Madison Arts Center presents dance fest, Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Published on: 11/25/2022


The Madison Community Arts Center at 10 Kings Road presents Morris County Dance Connections Festival Week from Monday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022.

The programs feature dance in many formats from tap and swing to folk and modern. Tickets may be ordered here or here and advance sale pricing is as low as $10 per ticket.

The programs include:

Swing Dancing with Nissreen Almazouni and the Bottle Hill Swing Band

at 7:00 on Monday, Nov. 28.

Beginning dancers can take instruction from noted dance teacher Nissreen Almazouni starting at 7:00, and then the Big Band starts playing at 7:30. Nissreen will work with students throughout the evening and experienced swing dancers can just jump and jive to the music. Advance sale tickets are only $10!

Tap Dancers Take the Lead with the Antoinette Montague Experience

at 7:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Jazz and Blues Singer Antoinette Montague brings her trio to the Arts Center along with two professional tap dancers, A.C. Lincoln and Calvin Booker, who take the role of instruments. Her two dancers are regulars at Jazz at Lincoln Center and bring an excitement and creativity to jazz dance unlike anything most people have experienced. Advance sale tickets are only $20.

The Antoinette Montague Experience will feature tap dancers AC Lincoln and Calvin Booker; photo courtesy of Jack Grassa.

Dance and Storytelling at 7:30 on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

An evening of storytellers and choreographers who challenge the audience with their very creative approach to dance. Claire Porter, an internationally renowned dancer/actor, creates entertaining and unique movement/language experiences that blur the lines between theater and dance. Paul Rabinowicz, the executive director of Arts by the People, will read selections from some of his short stories with the accompaniment of three dancers. Tickets are a low $20.

Young Dancers Take the Stage with Drew University’s Kimani Fowlin

at 7:30 on Thursday, Dec. 1.

College Students show off their skills in a program that bodes well for the future of dance. Drew University Assistant Professor of Dance Kimani Fowlin, an internationally recognized dancer, choreographer and educator, will bring her most advanced students for a program entitled Choice. Tickets are only $15 in advance.

The Thomas Edison Film Festival Presents Award-Winning Films

with Dance at 7:30 on Friday, Dec. 2.

The Thomas Edison Film Festival celebrates 40 years of great short films and will come to Madison for one evening only with a program of films using a dance motif. Formerly the Black Maria Film Festival, TEFF screens juried short films all over the world, advancing the creative power of film. Executive Director Jane Steuerwald will introduce the program and then discuss how dance is used in each of the films. Advance sale tickets are only $15.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Performs at 7:30 on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the internationally renowned modern dance company Carolyn Dorfman Dance, is dedicating this season to Carolyn Dorfman’s extraordinary parents, Henry and Mala Dorfman. Each performance celebrates the power of individuals working in relations to build a better community, a stronger world. Among the works performed will be excerpts of her newest work, The Attitude of Doing (featuring music of Regina Carter), PRIMA! (celebrating the music of Louis Prima), and NOW! Advance sale tickets are only $20.

Morris County Supports Ukraine at 3:00 on Sunday, Dec. 4.

All funds raised at this show will be donated to aid for Ukraine through the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The performance will include the Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, a Ukrainian Folk Dance group, and several Ukrainian musicians. The artwork will be from the Don’t Close Your Eyes exhibit on the gallery walls.

Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble performs in a benefit for Ukraine; photo courtesy of Chris Syzonenko.

Funding for Morris County Dance Connections Festival Week has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Dance week is a part of Dance Connections and the Arts & Culture Collaborative. The Madison Community Arts Center is a part of the Borough of Madison and the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance.

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