Tuesday, March 19, 2024

MCAC Announces the Madison Mostly Dance Festival


The Madison Mostly Dance Festival

April 25 through May 5

Eleven days of dance, films about dance, plays about dance...and a couple of afternoons of music so we can rest our weary bones.


Tickets are available now.


Discount ticket packages are also available. You can get an Unlimited Pass, a Five-Pack, or a Three-Pack. Access them here.


More information below, or on the Madison Mostly Dance Web Page

Drew Dance | Spring Concert | Collective Memories
April 25 (Th) & 26 (F) 7:30 pm | April 27 2024 (Sa) 2:00 pm

Back for a second time this season, the department is pulling out all of the stops and opening all of our doors for three days of dance inside Rose Hall and outside on the Rose Pavilion. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Kimani Fowlin, the department will present student-choreographed pieces based on the theme of Collective Memories …


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Madison Mostly Dance Festival '24 | Drew Dance | Spring Concert | April 25-27 2024


At the Barre | A play by Yasmine Beverly Rana

April 27 (Sa) | 4:30 pm

At the Barre by Yasmine Beverly Rana


In partnership with our New Jersey Women Playwrights Program, internationally acclaimed playwright Yasmine Rana has created a play about the healing power of dance.


The women at the barre tell their stories and discover inspiration and empowerment in the sacred space of a ballet barre class in New York City. This beginner class is diverse in body size and age with the youngest being nineteen and the eldest, eighty. Their life experiences include sexual assault, breast cancer, an arranged marriage, the deportation of a spouse, and war in Syria. Their cultural identities include Russian, Indian, Pakistani, Syrian, and Central American.…


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Madison Mostly Dance Festival '24 | At the Barre | A play by Yasmine Beverly Rana | April 27 2024 | 4:30 pm

A scene from Lena and Rose at the Barre from the International Human Rights Festival in NYC, directed by John Pietrowski


Film Society of Summit | Call Me Dancer
April 27 (Sa) | 7:30 pm

A documentary film by Leslie Shampaine & Pip Gilmour.


In our ongoing partnership with The Film Society of Summit, we will screen The San Francisco Dance Film Festival Audience Favorite Award-winning film Call Me Dancer.


This documentary follows Manish Chauhan, a street dancer from Mumbai, whose working-class parents depend on their only son’s support. When he accidentally walks into an inner-city dance school and encounters a brilliant but curmudgeonly 70-year-old Israeli ballet master, a hunger develops within him. Ambitious and passionate, Manish is determined to make it as a professional dancer, but the odds are stacked against him.


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Madison Mostly Dance Festival '24 | Film Society of Summit | Call Me Dancer | Saturday April 27  | 7:30 pm


Baroque Orchestra of NJ Free Spring Concert

April 28 (Su) | 4:00 pm 

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey under the baton of Maestro Robert W. Butts will present an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary classical music.


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Baroque Orchestra of NJ | Sunday April 28 |  4:00-6:00 pm | Free Spring Concert

Individuals with Disabilities from the Matheny School's Arts Access Choreography Program
April 29 (M) | 7:30 PM

Individuals from the Matheny School Arts Access Choreography Program The Matheny Medical and Education Center has a unique arts program that provides individuals with disabilities the freedom to create in the visual literary, and performing arts. This evening we will present works created and performed by participants in the Choreography program.


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Madison Mostly Dance Festival '24 | Monday April 29  7:30 PM | Individuals with Disabilities from the Matheny School's Arts Access Choreography Program


Tap Dancers Take the Lead | Dan Levinson with A.C. Lincoln
April 30 (Tu) | 7:30 PM

Dan Levinson on the clarinet and A.C. Lincoln on the Taps. Jazz groups are using tap dancers again in a throwback to the Thirties and Forties when Tap was King. For this show, we will present a jazz ensemble led by noted clarinetist Dan Levinson in which the tap dancer takes the role of a soloist.


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Madison Mostly Dance Festival '24 | Tap Dancers Take the Lead | Dan Levinson with A.C. Lincoln | Tuesday April 30 | 7:30 PM


Swing Dancing with Nissreen Almazouni & The Bottle Hill Big Band
May 1 (W) | 7:00 pm

You won't be dancing in the aisles, because you'll have the whole floor.


Don't know how to swing dance? Nissreen is here to help you out!


The nineteen-piece Bottle Hill Big Band will perform and Dance teacher Nissreen Almazouni will instruct swing, lindy, etc., to those who are beginners (or need a brush-up) starting at 7:00 pm. Dancing begins at 7:30…


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Madison Mostly Dance Festival '24 | Swing Dancing with Nissreen Almazouni & The Bottle Hill Big Band | Wednesday May 1 | 7:00 pm


Kalagangothri | An Evening of Indian Classical Dance May 2 (W)| 7:30 pm

Enjoy an evening of traditional Indian Classical Dance as Kalagangothri presents Bharatanatyam, a classical form that expresses South Indian religious themes and spiritual ideas. The dance dates back to the time before Christ, although in India the date is referred to BCE and not BC. During India’s colonization by the British, the government tried to suppress temple dances, but since 1947, …


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Madison Mostly Dance Festival '24 |  Kalagangothri | An Evening of Indian Classical Dance | Thursday May 2 | 7:30 pm


Thomas Edison Film Festival | Dance on Screen
May 3 (F) | 7:30 pm

Screen Dance has become an important category for the Thomas Edison Film Festival (formerly The Black Maria Film Festival), an internationally-renowned juried festival of short-form films. TEFF screens juried short films from all over the world, advancing the creative power of film across several genres including narrative, experimental, documentary, screen dance and hybrids. This program presents the very best films that include dance.


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Mostly Madison Dance Festival '24 | Thomas Edison Film Festival | Dance on Screen | Friday May 3    7:30 pm


Extensions Dance Project
May 4 (Sa) | 3:30 & 7:00 pm

Extensions Dance Project seeks to empower students and provide quality dance education in a fun environment. Recognizing that most dance students will not end up as professionals, the program seeks to instill confidence, discipline, perseverance, motivation, loyalty, determination, and teamwork while setting students on a path toward fulfillment. Their dance team will present an inspirational evening of dance ranging from hip hop and contemporary to jazz and tap.


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Jersey Jazz Live! | Mariel Bildsten
May 5 (Su) 3:00 pm

Get Tickets “Singing through her horn.” (JazzTimes)Downbeat Magazine calls trombonist Mariel Bildsten “irrepressibly spontaneous” (2020), and her 2023 release “Steppin’ Out!” explodes onto the scene as the exciting follow-up to “Backbone,” her 2020 debut. Mariel Bildsten headlines jazz festivals, plays around the country, and performs regularly in New York City, in the US, and internationally. Mariel has been featured onstage …


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New Jersey Jazz Society | Mariel Bildsten |May 5 2024 3:00 pm


Funding and other resources for the Madison Mostly Dance Festival provided by:

Additional funding for the reading of At the Barre was provided by the Smart Foundation

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