Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dance Your Way Through History at Liberty Hall Museum’s Third Annual Dance Fest!

Liberty Hall Museum’s Third Annual Dance Fest
New Jersey’s only historically inspired dance festival

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, from 1 – 4 p.m. The rain date for the Liberty Hall Dance Festival is Sunday, September 29.
WHERE: Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey.
ADMISSION: $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students/seniors and $12.00 for children ages 3 – 17. Admission includes access to all dance performances, classes and the first floor tour of Liberty Hall Museum. All ticket sale proceeds support both Buggé Ballet and Liberty Hall Museum. Reservations are suggested; tickets can be purchased by phone at (908) 527-0400 or by online at 

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University has partnered again with Buggé Ballet for a one-of-a-kind event, the Liberty Hall Dance Festival! For the third year in a row, guests will spend an afternoon walking through the beautiful museum grounds, enjoying site-specific professional dance performances inspired by moments in history.

“We are thrilled to bring Liberty Hall Dance Festival to the Union County community for the third year in a row. This year we are presenting companies from the greater tri-state region as well as our first international dance company from Italy,” said Nicole Buggé, artistic director of Buggé Ballet who is organizing the dance festival.

Fifteen dance companies and choreographers are participating in the Liberty Hall Dance Festival. Additionally, guests can participate in informal movement lessons themed around Indian classical dance and creative movement. Performances will take place at five different locations spread around the property of Liberty Hall. First floor tours of Liberty Hall Museum will also take place.

“I’m so excited to take part in Liberty Hall Dance Festival, I met Nicole Buggé some years ago on one of my first trips to NYC. I really love the mood and view of the festival, living the nature and buildings through dance is a very interesting way to present dance to audience,” said Simona De Tullio from Italy’s Breathing Art Company.

The dance festival is the latest innovation from Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, which, in 2015, was the first museum in New Jersey to use augmented reality in an exhibition and is always looking for new ways to make history come alive for a modern audience.

“The Liberty Hall Museum and Academic Center is proud to continue its partnership with Buggé Ballet. Supporting the arts is a vital component of the Liberty Hall legacy and we are honored to continue that tradition," said Lynette Zimmerman, Executive Director.

“The Liberty Hall Dance festival is an exciting way to bring professional dance companies in a collective dance performance while reflecting on New Jersey’s rich history,” said Diane Dragone of The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company

In addition to Breathing Art Company/Toscana Dance Hub from Italy and The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company, dance companies and choreographers performing include Anthony Alterio, Armada Dance/Jen Roit, Augie Sherman, Breathing Art Company/Toscana Dance Hub, Callie Hatchett Dance, Heather Harrington, Jessica Moore Ruhlin, Jessica Totaro/Movement Arts Project, The Kennedy Dancers Repertory Company, Maxine Steinman, Melani De Guzman & Sarah Favinger, Phoebe Ballard, The Well Performance Project, Yamini Kalluri & Parthiv Mohan and Zoe Walders

Liberty Hall Museum and Academic Center at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. The museum is open April – December, Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with tours leaving every hour.

For reservations and further information, call 908-527-0400, e-mail or visit

Buggé Ballet is a critically acclaimed ballet company based in New Jersey and led by founding artistic director Nicole Buggé. Called "Fresh…charming…a wonderful articulation of Americana." by Edward Villella, the company’s vision is to be a modern-day storyteller exploring human behavior though contemporary ballet. The company seeks to create universally appreciated works that inspire, delight, and engage our audiences through captivating movement. The company has been featured on PBS in WHYY’s Friday Arts series as a winner in Rider University’s inaugural Emerging Choreographers Competition. Buggé Ballet performed internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and presented multiple commissioned works at Lincoln Center and with One World Symphony in New York City. Buggé Ballet toured in Virginia and Maryland with its annual Nutcracker production, has been part of the curated NuDance festival, and Breaking Glass: The Emerging Female Choreographers Project. The company has performed in Asbury Park and Point Pleasant in New Jersey, in addition to at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Bryant Park, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC Fashion Week, and Dixon Place in New York City. Buggé Ballet is the founder and creator of Liberty Hall Dance Festival, an annual historically inspired site-specific performance in Union, NJ.