National Dance Week is a Celebration of Life

Sugar Loaf, NY: The Orange County Arts Council will hold its annual All County Dance Celebration on April 28th, at 3pm at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, Sugar Loaf to coincide with National Dance Week. Orange County dancers, choreographers, dance companies and dance studios have been invited to participate in this one day performance. The event is sponsored by TD Bank.

The All County Dance Celebration gives dancers who live in Orange County an opportunity to perform in a county-wide show that will increase their visibility to the general public and provide an opportunity for self-expression. All pieces presented will be choreographed and performed by artists living or working in Orange County. The Orange County Arts Council hopes that by bringing dancers from all areas of the county together for one single performance, collectively they will demonstrate the beauty and artistic merits of dance and encourage the community to see local dance as a true art form and become more involved in the arts.

M’Lanie Hunter of M’Lanie Hunter Dance in Chester states, "To celebrate dance is to celebrate life! I am looking forward to sharing the joy of creativity with fellow artists and to share our individual visions with community members. My hope is that our collaborative efforts will inspire more people to love dance." Joanne Thompson Ray of Joanne’s Dance Studio in Blooming Grove concurs, “Orange County holds such talented and diverse dancers and this is a great event to showcase them.”

The Orange County Arts Council invites all supporters and dance appreciators to join us as we celebrate dance as an art form and raise public awareness of the artistic beauty, local availability and fundamental benefits of dance. The performance is general admission and tickets can be purchased by calling the Orange County Arts Council at 845-469-9168 or by emailing The following participants will be performing:


Volute Dance, Campbell Hall

Step It Up Dance Productions, Cornwall-on-Hudson

Mas Salsa Que Tu Dance Company, Goshen

Joanne’s Dance Studio & Warwick Dance Center, Blooming Grove & Warwick

The Dance Center, Port Jervis

American Ballet, Salisbury Mills

Orange County School of Dance/Little Feet Dance Co., Monroe

Newburgh Free Academy’s Advanced Dance Company, Newburgh

Newburgh Performing Arts Academy Expressions Dance Ensemble, Newburgh

Orange County Ballet Theatre, Newburgh

Marya Kennett Dance Centre, Goshen

Northeast Dance Movement, Florida

High Definition Dance, New Windsor

New York Dance Center, Goshen

Kerry Dance Center, Goshen

M’Lanie Hunter Dance, Chester

To learn more about the Orange County Arts Council and its programs and services or to see a full calendar of arts events and opportunities in Orange County log onto Learn about how to become a supporter of the Orange County Arts Council, volunteer for a program, or post an event for free! For additional questions call 845-469-9168 or email at


The Orange County Arts Council’s mission is to strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing educational, promotional, and information services. We accomplish this by coordinating and facilitating relationships among the arts, schools, businesses, government, and the public. The vision of The Orange County Arts Council is to make the arts accessible to all people.

All photos are courtesy of Diane Bollen