Ian Hussey, a Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet, has participated in Shut Up & Dance for 11 years. He is serving as Producing Director for his fourth year. MANNA is endlessly impressed by Hussey’s hard work and dedication to this benefit performance. We are so grateful to have the support of the Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet. We asked Ian to share some thoughts about the event and this year’s performance below.
Shut Up & Dance is truly one of a kind. The event is so unique because it is choreographed, produced, directed and performed by Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet. A one-night-only event, it is given life by dancers who volunteer their time to put on an incredible show to benefit MANNA clients. We dance to raise awareness of MANNA’s work and to provide nourishment to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Many emotions are felt the night of the show: tears, laughter, inspiration and more. It is all very inspiring and moving.
Attendees can expect a memorable night. I don’t want to give away too much because the surprise element is a big component of Shut Up & Dance. However, we certainly believe the audience has a lot to look forward to. I can promise that the original pieces presented by the Dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet will be beautiful. Also, there will be cameos from dancers of other highly sought after ballet companies that represent the Philadelphia community. Oh, and there will be at least one drag queen onstage!
Shut Up & Dance is incredibly important to me. I grew up in this area and it is essential that I give back to my community. I have volunteered in MANNA’s kitchen before, but this is a different way to give back. I’m able to have an impact on the Greater Philadelphia area all while doing what I love, dancing. The opportunity to be Producing Director of Shut Up & Dance is an honorable experience.
Each year, Shut Up & Dance has a new theme. Below are playbill images throughout the years that display different concepts from the past.
To purchase tickets go to www.mannapa.org/dance.
For more details about Shut Up & Dance, contact Laura Payne, Events Manager, at 215-496-2662 x115.
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