Shut Up & Dance – 20 Years of Tears and Cheers

MANNA and dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet come together for a
one-night-only benefit performance at the Forrest Theatre on March 24th

MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) celebrates the 20th Anniversary performance of Shut Up & Dance, a one-night-only benefit presented by dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet, featuring original works choreographed and performed by the dancers.  Prominent and well-renowned dancer, Ian Hussey, makes his debut as Producing Director of this exciting, unique, and spirited performance, along with featured choreography from veteran dancers Brian Sanders, Meredith Rainey, and Matthew Neenan.

The performance will be held at The Forrest Theatre located at 1114 Walnut Street on Saturday, March 24th 2012 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  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.

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 The Lowes Hotel located at 1200 Market Street, featuring food, drinks and music.  Tickets go on sale Monday, February 13th 2012 and can be purchased at or by calling 215-496-2662 x136.

Shut Up & Dance History
In 1993, dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet were wondering what they could do to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They realized 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 20 years, dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet have poured their heart and soul into this one-night-only performance,” said Richard Keaveney, CEO 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. I encourage everyone to attend the performance on March 24th and be a part of something truly special.”

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 1,500 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. For more information about MANNA, visit or call 215-496-2662.


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