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MOVE! this weekend, and director Kate Monthy is also moving – to NYC

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 10, 2010 at 6:09 am |
March 9, 2010 9:21 am
Dancers from a former MOVE! show. Photo courtesy MLKBallet.

They don’t give you much warning, but the creative folks at MLKBallet are holding the 16th event in the MOVE! contemporary dance series this weekend, and it looks to be a good one.

MOVE! #16 once again features dancers from Seattle’s stellar Spectrum Dance Company, plus regulars Joel Myers and Kate Monthy (who directs MLKBallet), the MLK company, regular collaborators Tacoma City Ballet, and guests Josephine’s Echopraxia and the Maureen White Dance Company. Three new MLK choreographers have created new work to be performed with live music from local musicians Goldfinch, Olivia de la Cruz and Travis Barker and the Black Sails.

MOVE! #16 is at 7 p.m. March 12, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. MArch 13 at the SOTA theater, 1119 S. Commerce St., Tacoma. $15 at door/$13 advance/$7 student from www.brownpapertickets.com

The other big news is that MLKBallet founding director Kate Monthy is moving to New York City, at least for the time being. Unlike her proposed move to California a couple of years ago, which didn’t eventuate, Monthy’s trip this time is booked and confirmed, and she leaves the day after the last MOVE! show.

From the press release:

[Monthy's] plans are simple: dance and dance as much as she can during her time in the City. Monthy prides herself  on being an avid learner of dance. While there she plans to partake in teaching workshops, dance workshops, audition, and see dance shows. Being in the audience is not something she gets to experience in Tacoma too often.
In her absence, MLKBallet Company member, Brittany Humphrey will take over teaching at the school and Joel Myers will continue teaching the adult program. Kristen Call, artistic director of Seattle-based Coriolis Dance Company, will teach the Tuesday evening adult ballet class.
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