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Shut Up & Dance 2014 – A Sultry Take on Victoriana


MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) celebrates the 22nd Anniversary performance of Shut Up & Dance, a one-night-only benefit presented by Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet, featuring original works choreographed and performed by the dancers.  This year’s theme will be a sultry take on Victoriana created by the dancers themselves. Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Ian Hussey will again be Producing Director of this exciting, unique, and spirited performance Colby Damon is returning as choreographer along with Harrison Monaco and Alexandra Hughes. The performance will also feature a dance film project piece by Harry Paris and Candice DeTore.

The performance will be held at The Forrest Theatre located at 1114 Walnut Street on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. with WXPN Morning Show host Michaela Majoun as the emcee.  Tickets are available for $25, $50, $75 or $100 by going to www.mannapa.org/dance.  Each Shut Up & Dance ticket purchased will provide meals to a MANNA client coping with a life-threatening illness, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and renal disease.

This year’s presenting sponsor is the Zurich Insurance Group. Zurich is a leading multi-line insurance provider with over 60,000 employees and a global network of subsidiaries and offices in Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East as well as other markets.

Exclusive parties will be held before and after the performance. Philanthropists Jennifer and Steven Korman will host the 6:00 p.m. pre-party at The Forrest Theatre, featuring a lavish cocktail party with delicious food and drink.  Tickets for the pre-party are available for $100.  All ticket holders are invited to join the dancers immediately following the show for an after-party at Pennsylvania 6, 14 South 12th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased at www.mannapa.org/dance or by calling 215-496-2662 x115.

Shut Up & Dance History
In 1993, Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet were wondering what they could do to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. After much discussion, they decided the best thing they could do was “Shut Up & Dance.” Every year since, the dancers have partnered with MANNA in presenting this one-night-only performance.  The dancers choreograph and rehearse each piece entirely in their spare time in what is truly a labor of love for the community.  “For 22 years, dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet have poured their heart and soul into this one-night-only performance,” said Sue Daugherty, Executive Director of MANNA. “Through this labor of love, MANNA clients receive the nourishment, care and counsel they need to improve their health and quality of life. That’s what makes “Shut Up & Dance a life changing experience. Sure, it’s a sexy, wonderfully inventive performance. But it’s also a life-saving one.”

Especially for people at acute nutritional risk due to life-threatening illnesses, MANNA prepares and delivers delicious nourishing meals and counsel, empowering individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life. A small professional staff and 2,500 dedicated volunteers bring more than 65,000 nutritious, home-delivered meals each month to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. MANNA dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling. Through these services, MANNA provides opportunities for caring people to extend loving support to families, friends, and neighbors.


- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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