Danceworks 2016: Celebrate Talent

An evening of dance is coming to the Alexander Kasser Theater with Danceworks.

Coming the first weekend of April is Danceworks 2016.

Photo courtesy of Peak Performances.

Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will be bringing Danceworks 2016 to the Alexander Kasser stage starting the first weekend of April. This show will feature some of MSU’s very own students and faculty, as well as guest artists. The Kasser Theater is a beautiful venue for this upcoming evening of dance. It allows for five-star performances to be held locally right here in Montclair.

The headlining piece of this evening is titled Panorama, choreographed by the legendary Martha Graham in 1935. The talented students in the Department of Theatre and Dance will bring this historic work of modern dance to life. Another piece that will be feature is titled Colleen Ann and choreographed by Seattle-based artist Pat Graney. Graney is a 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award winner; there is no doubt that his work will leave the audience in awe. Other choreographers are Nancy Lushington, Christian Von Howard and Earl Mosley.

MSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance never ceases to amaze audiences with its talented group of students. The programs in this department are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST) and Dance (NASD). Being just outside New York City makes Montclair State a popular destination for guest choreographers and performers. The department has won awards at many festivals, conferences and conventions over the years.

“Our faculty, students and guest choreographers have performed their work at these fantastic conferences where students from around the United States share their works,” said Montclair State’s dance professor, Lorraine Katterhenry.

Students enrolled in the Department of Theatre and Dance rehearse daily to prepare themselves for shows. With such a passionate faculty, it is no wonder why the students are so talented and dedication. The College of the Arts at MSU is audition based, accepting only the best. Students graduate as artists, ready to work as performers, choreographers or both!

The opening night of Danceworks 2016 will be March 31 at 7:30 p.m. Following performances will be April 1 at 7:30 p.m., April 2 at 2 p.m.,and April 3 at 2 p.m. The Alexander Kasser Theatre is located conveniently on the MSU campus at 1 Normal Avenue. Don’t miss out; please visit for more information about upcoming shows. Tickets are available online or at the door from the box office. All seats are $15 or free to MSU undergraduate students with a valid ID.

Visit for more information about majors in the department and faculty.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login