Montclair State Students to Perform at the Kennedy Center

University wins one of two possible performance slots at the National American College Dance Festival

Photo: Mike Peters

Carlos Gonzalez and Lisa Greenberg performing "Marino" at Danceworks 2010.

Dance professors Lori Katterhenry, Maxine Steinman, and Nicole Smith recently accompanied 19 Montclair State University dance majors to the Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival (ACDF) at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to present Robert Battle’s Arbitrary Intersection and Marino, a student work by Lisa Greenberg and Carlos Gonzalez. Marino was one of two pieces chosen to represent the region at the National ACDF at the Kennedy Center from May 27-29, 2010. Montclair State was the only university to have two pieces performed at the festival’s closing Gala.

This year, student choreographer, Carlos Gonzalez, a Montclair State theatre major, was also selected to perform at the dance festival's sister event, the National American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), also held at the Kennedy Center. The department takes special delight in the fact that one of its students would be recognized in both competitions in the span of a few weeks.

Gonzalez, who was born and raised in Cuba and came to the US when he was 12, is working towards a BFA in acting with a minor in dance. He was a finalist for the Irene Ryan Acting Award at this year’s national ACTF and has been selected as assistant director working with Jorge Cacheiro, associate professor of theatre and dance, on Blind Mouth Singing, a play by Jorge Cortiñas that will be performed later this year in Havana, Cuba.  

The National American College Dance Festival is presented every two years at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Montclair State Dance Division has been selected for 8 out of the last 11 national festivals.