Shut Up & Dance, the annual benefit performance produced by the dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet for Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), will occur this year on Saturday, April 9 at the Forrest Theatre at 8 pm. This year’s performance marks the 24th anniversary of Shut Up & Dance, in which dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet, along with other Philadelphia dance companies, come together for a good cause and a night of entertainment.
Each Shut Up & Dance ticket purchased provides nourishing meals to MANNA clients battling life- threatening illness, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes and renal disease. Last year, the event raised over $130,000, providing over 36,000 meals for MANNA clients.
Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer, Ian Hussey returns as Producing Director for his fifth year. Hussey has participated in Shut Up & Dance since 2004. “The Dancers and I are so excited about the show this year especially because Martha Graham Cracker will be the new host. This transition will give us a chance to honor the incomparable Michaela Majoun, who we love and adore, for her 20+ years of hosting Shut Up while passing the torch to the dynamic talents of the city’s most sought after performer. Martha gives us an exciting opportunity to bring new and exciting surprises to the stage!”
MANNA will introduce new host – Martha Graham Cracker – to join the stage along with a surprise interlude performance. After 20 years of WXPN’s Michaela Majoun hosting, this is the first year since the beginning of Shut Up & Dance that there is a new host. “MANNA will nourish your body and Martha Graham Cracker will nourish your soul,” said Miss Martha, “be prepared to be amazed!”
Tickets are available for purchase at www.mannapa.org/dance. In addition to the performance, two exclusive parties are held before and after the show. Philanthropist Steven Korman hosts the 6:00 pm VIP party at The Forrest Theatre, featuring cocktails, food and refreshments. Tickets for the VIP party are also available on www.mannapa.org/dance. The official Shut Up & Dance after-party at Voyeur Nightclub is open to all ticket holders and begins immediately following the performance.
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 70,000 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.
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