Dance Connections

Arts & Culture Collaborative’s Dance Connections is a festival of partnership events highlighting the dance performances and dance-related work of New Jersey artists and organizations. These events will run from now through early 2023 and feature multiple styles of dance and a diverse group of performers. Whether you’re a dance lover, arts appreciator, or new to the arts scene entirely, we welcome you to join us!


Morristown and Morris Township Library present
Dance on Film Month
Wednesdays, November 2,21, 30 7PM via ZOOM
Foreign Film Lovers Club and Real to Reel Documentary Film Club

November’s discussions will feature films on the world of Dance as part of the Morris Arts Collaborative’s 2022 theme “Dance Connections.”

  • November 2, 7:00pm “Yuli” Movie dramatization of a real Cuban dancer’s life as he breaks racial barriers in the world of classical ballet. (Cuban, British, 2019)
  • November 21, 7:00pm “And Then We Danced” A tale of ballet, family and forbidden passion in conservative modern Georgia. (Georgian, 2019)
  • November 30, 7:00pm “PS Dance” A documentary about the impact of dance education programs on children in NYC public schools. (USA, 2015)

How does it work? Before each discussion, you’ll watch the movie on your own through Kanopy, a movie streaming platform available free to Morristown and Morris Township Library cardholders. Then when we meet online, everyone will have a chance to talk about what we liked or didn’t like, about that night’s film. We’re all busy, so don’t worry if you’re not able to finish the film before the meeting. We can’t promise no spoilers, but we can promise no judgement! Non-MMT residents, check with your home library to see if it has Kanopy and/or check or for DVD and streaming options.

For Zoom meeting access info, please email or and include your name and town of residence. (Include “Foreign Film Lovers Club” or “Real to Reel” in the Subject Line.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents
Cirque Zuma Zuma
Saturday, February 11, 2023 @ 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
The Mayo Performing Arts Center
Cost: $19 – $39

As seen on America’s Got Talent! This African-style Cirque du Soleil pushes the envelope of human possibility with astonishing and unbelievable human feats of balance, agility and flexibility, all set to African music, drumming and dance. Cirque Zuma Zuma is an exuberant and highly entertaining showcase of the African culture for people young and old.

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The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance presents
Tap Dancers Take the Lead with The Antoinette Montague Experience
Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm
Madison Arts Center
Cost: $20.00 in advance | $25 at the door

Jazz and Blues Singer Antoinette Montague brings her trio to the Arts Center along with two professional tap dancers taking the role of instruments. Her two dancers, AC Lincoln and Calvin Booker, are regulars at Jazz at Lincoln Center and bring an excitement and creativity to jazz dance unlike anything most people have experienced.

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The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance presents
Dance & Text | Claire Porter & Paul Rabinowicz
Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30
Madison Arts Center
Cost: $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door

Porter and Rabinowicz have worked for decades exploring the intersection of spoken word and dance. Porter writes and performs her own material, while Rabinowicz performs his texts while dancers embody the language in movement. Both incorporate original music.

Porter will be performing “Sexy Grammar” & “Falling for Prepositions”

Rabinowicz will be performing “Villa Dei Misteri” and “Little Gem Magnolia”

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The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance and Drew University Dance present
Young Dancers Take the Stage: Drew University Dance with Assistant Professor Kimani Fowlin
Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 pm
Madison Arts Center
Cost: $15.00 in Advance | $20 at the door – Students attend free with a valid ID

This evening we focus on student dancers.

Drew University Assistant Professor of Dance Kimani Fowlin, an internationally recognized dancer, choreographer, and educator, will bring her most advanced students to perform at the Arts Center in a program entitled Choice. (Artwork Credit: Gio Martinetti)

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The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance presents
Thomas Edison Film Festival | Award-Winning Films with Dance
Friday, December 2 at 7:30 pm
Madison Arts Center
Cost: $15.00 in Advance | $20 at the door

The Thomas Edison Film Festival celebrates 40 years of great short films and will come to Madison for one evening only with a program of films using a dance motif. Formerly the Black Maria Film Festival, the TEFF screens juried short films all over the world, advancing the creative power of film across several genres including narrative, experimental, documentary, screen dance and hybrids. The Executive Director Jane Steuerwald will introduce the program and then discuss how dance is used in each of the films.

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The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance and Carolyn Dorfman Dance presents
Carolyn Dorfman Dance Performs
Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm
Madison Arts Center
Cost: $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door

The internationally renowned modern dance company Carolyn Dorfman Dance will appear as part of the Company’s 40th Anniversary Season. Dedicated to the memory of Carolyn Dorfman’s extraordinary parents, Henry and Mala Dorfman, each performance celebrates the power of individuals working in community to create a better world. The performance will include Pastorale Pause and PRIMA!

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The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance presents
The Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble |Morris County for Ukraine
Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 pm
Madison Arts Center
Cost: $20.00 in advance | $25.00 at the door

All funds raised at this show will be donated to aid for Ukraine through the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The performance will include the Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, a Ukrainian Folk Dance group, and Ukrainian musicians under the direction of Andrij Cybyk, Artistic Director. Artwork will be from the Don’t Close Your Eyes exhibit on the gallery walls.

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Zufall Health presents
Movement: A Group Exhibition
18 West Blackwell Street, Dover
September 16, 2022 – January 13, 2023
Cost: Free
Movement is a vibrant exhibition showcasing the power of dance captured in visual art forms. Exhibiting Artists include: Robert Badami, Jr., Chee Bravo, Lynne Carmickle, Jessica Cavaliere, Jose Cepeda, and more.
Opening reception will be held on Friday, September 13 at 5:30 pm and will feature live music.
*Masks are required.

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Saint Elizabeth University. Morris Arts and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation present
Move: Dance in Art
I. Gallery at 14 Maple from September 28, 2022 – February 14, 2023; Request appointment
II. Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at SEU from September 20, 2022 – December 11, 2022; Schedule appointment by calling Ginny Butera at 973.290.4315
Cost: Free

This is a unique, two-location exhibit curated by Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera, the Director of SEU’s Maloney Art Gallery.
The opening for the Maloney Gallery is Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30PM –8PM while the opening at The Gallery at 14 Maple is Wednesday, September 28 from 6PM – 8PM and will feature a live performance from Drew University dancers.

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Mayo Performing Arts Center and New Jersey Ballet presents
New Direction
Saturday, November 19 at 8PM
Cost: $39 – $69

New Jersey Ballet opens its season with New Direction, which will feature three works that point to the new artistic vision Maria Kowroski has for New Jersey Ballet as Artistic Director.  The program will feature Who Cares?, by George Balanchine, set to music by George Gershwin bringing out the exuberance of city life, Hallelujah Junction, by Peter Martins, a living locomotive of propulsive vitality, and a world premiere by Harrison Ball, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, with costumes by world renowned fashion designer Zac Posen. New Jersey Ballet is resident ballet company at MPAC.

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Dance Innovations
Once Upon a Nutcracker

December 10, 2022 at 2:30 PM and 6 PM
St. Elizabeth University Dolan Theater – St. Elizabeth University 2 Convent Road Madison, NJ
Cost: $30 presale/$40 at the door Seniors 65+and Children 10 and under $25presale/$30 at the door
For tickets or more information: (973) 635-1205 or

Professional area guest artists join 50 + dancers from Dance Innovations as they present “Once Upon A Nutcracker”, which celebrates the goodness of the season by putting a spin on the timeless holiday story of “The Nutcracker Ballet”. This Benefit Event Performance supports the Dance Innovations Performance Foundation and The Kids For Kids Fine Arts Scholarship Funds.



Mayo Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Ballet, and New Jersey Symphony present
New Jersey Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony
December 16 – 27 (showtimes listed below)
Cost: $35 – $75

New Jersey Ballet’s beloved annual tradition enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic, set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score performed live by New Jersey Symphony under the baton of John Yaffe.

Friday, December 16, at 7:30 PM | Saturday, December 17, at 1:00 PM | Saturday, December 17, at 6:00 PM | Sunday, December 18, at 1:00 PM | Sunday, December 18, at 6:00 PM | Thursday, December 22, at 7:30 PM | Friday, December 23, at 7:30 PM | Saturday, December 24, at 1:00 PM | Monday, December 26, at 1:00 PM | Monday, December 26, at 6:00 PM | Tuesday, December 27, at 1:00 PM

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Mayo Performing Arts Center presents
Saturday, January 7 from 3PM and 8PM
Stomp is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique — an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. Stomp uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.

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IDEA Cultural presents
Aquí Estamos (We Are Here)
Saturday, October 1st starting at 7:30 PM
IDEA Cultural are presenting Aquí Estamos (We Are Here), showcasing examples of the cultural wealth of Latinx artists via live performances THIS SATURDAY, October 1st at CCM’s Dragonetti Auditorium.

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Carolyn Dorfman Dance, New Jersey Ballet, and Fairleigh Dickinson University collaborate at
WAMFEST (Words, Arts, and Music Festival)
October 12 at 1:30 and 7:30PM

includes post-performance artist talk-backs with moderators Marta Renzi and Anita Rivers
Cost: Free

Carolyn Dorfman Dance makes its WAMFEST debut and joins forces with New Jersey Ballet at Fairleigh Dickinson University in a rare joint performance. Experience a thrilling evening of dance by two of New Jersey’s most beloved companies at the exciting 13th annual WAMFEST.

Registration Required



Dance Innovations
Fall Fest 2022

October 15, 2022 at 1 PM and 4 PM
St. Elizabeth Amphitheater St. Elizabeth University 2 Convent Road Madison, NJ
Cost: $25.00 presale $35.00 at the door

Join Dance Innovations for their 3rd Annual Fall Fest – a day of Music, Fun, and Dance for all ages featuring over 75 area dancers in a picturesque setting surrounded by fall foliage. Featured artists include Envision Dance Exchange, an integrated dance and creative movement company for dancers of all abilities.




The Morris School District Community School presents
Artists’ Depictions of Dance Online Class
Monday, October 17 from 2:30PM – 4PM
Cost: $27
Taught by Anne Betty Weinshenker. From ancient to modern times and in many societies, artists have portrayed various forms and experiences of dance. This class will present a range of painted and sculpted images created in the western world that deal with dance as self-expression, social interaction, religious tradition, and performance.

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Dance Innovations Performance Foundation
Light The Night Leukemia Pre-Walk Performance

October 22, 2022 at 5:45 PM
At the Mt. Kemble Corporate Complex, 412 Mount Kemble Avenue, Morristown NJ
Cost: The performance is free, but you can register for the walk online at

The talented Dance Innovations dancers will be performing to support the Light the Night event, which raises money to help bring hope to cancer patients and their families and helps to fund cancer research and prevention efforts.




The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Drew University’s Theatre and Dance Department, & Saint Elizabeth University present
The Amiable Consort
World Premiere
November 13 at 2PM
Annunciation Center at Dolan Hall on the campus of Saint Elizabeth University
Cost: $40

Robert W. Butts – The Amiable Consort, in collaboration with internationally renowned choreographer Kimani Fowlin, Director of Drew University’s Dance Department and Chloe Martins, Drew Dance Alumni. Included in this landmark collaboration are The Arts and Culture Collaborative and Drew University. The Amiable Consort composition was commissioned by Judith Gibson.

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Carolyn Dorfman Dance
Jazz Legends and the Power of NOW! with Regina Carter
November 16 at 7:30PM

Cost: $30/$45

Carolyn Dorfman Dance returns to NJPAC with the world premiere of Jazz Legends and the Power of NOW! as part of the TD Moody Jazz Festival. This performance features innovative choreography by Carolyn Dorfman and Juel D. Lane, a live musical performance by jazz violinist extraordinaire Regina Carter (co-commissioned by NJPAC), and choreography set to the vibrant jazz recordings of trumpet legend Louis Prima. With virtuosity, speed and depth, these artists take you on a heart-pounding roller coaster ride of life’s journeys—resulting in pure joy.

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Drew University’s Theatre and Dance Department presents
Drew University Fall Mainstage Dance Show
November 17 – 19 at 7:30 PM and Matinee on November 19th at 2PM
Thomas H. Kean Theatre on the campus of Drew University
Cost: $10 for general admission and $5 for Drew students

Come join Drew’s student choreographers for exciting dance explorations embodying the theme of “Choice.” Directed by Kimani Fowlin.

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The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance presents
Swing Dancing with the Bottle Hill Big Band & Nissreen Almazouni
Monday, November 28 at 7:00 pm
Madison Arts Center
Cost: $10 in advance | $15.00 at the door.

The nineteen-piece Bottle Hill Big Band will perform and Dance teacher Nissreen Almazouni will instruct swing, lindy, etc., to those who are beginners starting at 7:00 pm. If you are not a beginner, you can just dance the night away starting at 7:30!

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