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 Post subject: Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun!&Things That Go Bump in the Night
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:18 pm 

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October 1, 2010

Contact: Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773,

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center presents the
Halloween Spooktacular Benefit
Sunday, October 24, 2010

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center presents Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun! and Things That Go Bump in the Night, two Halloween-themed benefit shows hosted by Matthew A. Wilson, Rachel Covey, and Christina Bianco, to raise money for the Manhattan Youth Ballet on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam & West End Avenues).

The day kicks off with two 30-minute kid-friendly performances of Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun! the first at 3:30pm (ages 2 and up) with host Matthew A. Wilson and the second at 4:30pm with host Rachel Covey (ages 5 and up), along with a haunted open house of Halloween games and activities from 4 – 4:30pm (all ages). Tickets are $15 for adults/$10 for kids, which include one 30 minute show and the open house. The evening events begin with a Halloween Happy Hour from 6 – 7pm, followed by a performance of Things That Go Bump in the Night at 7pm, featuring aerial circus acts and contemporary dance with host Christina Bianco (ages 18 and up). Tickets for the evening performance are $20 and are available by visiting Participants are encouraged to arrive in costume.

These Halloween-inspired shows combine the flavor of the season with aerial and circus acts of wonder, all while supporting the work of the Manhattan Youth Ballet. The MYB academy is grounded in the French classical tradition, encouraging the development of outstanding technique and artistry. As a not-for-profit arts organization, the Manhattan Youth Ballet also helps to inspire a love of dance through outreach in the New York City Public Schools.

Matthew A. Wilson, who plays "Harry" in Cyberchase on PBS, was born on the Altus Air Force Base, OK. During high school in Williamsburg, VA, Matthew began performing at Busch Gardens. He later went to Vassar College, hoping to go on to Medical School. Majoring in Biophysics, Matthew started a juggling group, and worked as an EMT. Each spring, he performed in the Vassar Opera Workshop and returned to performing at Busch Gardens in the summers. By graduation, he decided he wanted to be a full time performer.

Rachel Covey, a New York City native, is an American child actress best known for her role as Morgan Philip in the Disney movie Enchanted starring Amy Adams. She also appeared in the film Duane Hopwood as the daughter of David Schwimmer's character.

Christina Bianco recently starred Off-Broadway in Forbidden Broadway Goes To Rehab and can be heard on the original cast album. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts, she originated the role of Dora in the 1st nation tour of Nick Jr’s Dora The Explorer Live! She has appeared in Raffi On Broadway (Gershwin Theatre), Forbidden Broadway Dances With The Stars (47th St Theatre). In regional theatre she has appeared in Candide (Cunegonde), Children Of Eden (Yonah), Joseph… (Narrator), Lippa’s The Wild Party (Kate), Pirates Of Penzance (Mabel), Evita (Westchester Broadway Theatre), A New Brain (Nancy D/Waitress), Finding Nemo (Nemo - NYC workshop), Tony And Tina’s Wedding (Tina), Beehive (Riverside Theatre), Into The Woods (Little Red/Cinderella), Jesus Christ Superstar (Helen Hayes PAC, starring Billy Porter). Christina currently performs to sell-out crowds with the ‘New Orleans gospel soul’ band Brother Joscephus and is also a lead female vocalist for the band Celebration with Jason-Craig Entertainment. Christina is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and is an active cabaret artist.

About Manhattan Movement & Arts Center
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center was developed by Rose Caiola as the home of the Manhattan Youth Ballet, a graded, pre-professional ballet academy and performance company. Ms. Caiola, a lifelong dance enthusiast and a former actress, founded the academy in the fall of 1994 as Studio Maestro at 48 W. 68th Street, and serves today as the youth ballet’s executive artistic director.

The school is modeled after the European academies and adheres to the French School of classical ballet technique. Under the direction of Francois Perron, managing artistic director, the Manhattan Youth Ballet has acquired a reputation for excellent teaching in an intimate and individually supportive environment. The school’s graduates have danced professionally with American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Nederland Dans Theater, Ballet de Espana, San Francisco Ballet and Complexions.

As the ballet academy grew, the search for a larger space inspired in Ms. Caiola a highly personal vision of a studio and theater complex that would encompass all aspects of dance education and performance.

MMAC opened its doors in June 2008, occupying a dramatic bi-level space within The Element, a luxury high-rise condominium located to the southwest of Lincoln Center. In addition to the Manhattan Youth Ballet, MMAC’s studios and theater host daily adult dance and fitness classes, the MMAC Kids program, summer intensive programs, as well as an array of performances and special events.

For more information about MMAC, visit

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