Fest Celebrates Artistry Of Dance

XY Dance Project's Nijawwon Matthews performs. XY will launch Centenary Stage Co.'s annual Dance Fest on March 18.

Centenary Stage Company celebrates the artistry of dance in the Lackland Performing Arts Center with its annual Dance Fest.  The 2017 Dance Fest will run four weekends in March and April.

XY Dance Project will perform on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. XY Dance Project has a unique movement style that blends contemporary dance through the spiritual rhythms of African Dance, the grace and peace of Tai Chi, and the heart of street dance.

XY’s Artistic Director, Nijawwon Matthews, will also be leading a dance workshop from 10-11:30a.m. on March 18, which is FREE with the purchase of a ticket to the XY Dance performance. The workshop is open to all levels of dancers.

Moe-Tion Dance Theater takes the stage on Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m. Moe-Tion Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company based in New Jersey, which is dedicated to experimenting and creating new forms of expression. It promotes an inclusive vision of the arts through the language of modern dance, painting, sculpture, photography, literature and live music, exposing audiences to multiple art forms in one event. The theater includes performers of all ages and skill levels.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will perform twice during the event. First up is a family-friendly performance of First Chinese New Year on Saturday, April 1, at 2 p.m. They will return on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. to perform a repertoire of original works. The dances of Nai- Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of the American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. The Company’s productions take the audience beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and freedom arises from discipline.

All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of Centenary Stage Company’s Lackland Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for the annual Dance Fest are $20 for adults and $15 for children under 12 in advance, per performance.  Centenary Stage Company is also offering a flex pass option for the 2017 Dance Festival for $37.50, and grants entry to any three performances.

For more information or to purchase tickets for either event, visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979–0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown. The CSC box office is open Monday through Friday from 1–5 p.m. and two hours prior to every performance.

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