Springtime is dance time at Mount Vernon College, where the Performing Arts Department is sponsoring Spring Moves. The dance festival, opening Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m. in the Hand Chapel, will feature a variety of new works composed and choreographed by local artists.

"I feel modern dance is a major language today," says Carla Hubner, director of the Performing Arts Series and artistic director of the festival. "Modern dance is bringing dance to an artistic language level and it is beautiful to watch."

The two-woman dance company "New Moves," featuring Tish Carter and Nancy Galeota, will open the festival. "We draw from a variety of disciplines to create a theater experience instead of a traditional modern dance mode," Galeota says. Other companies performing on consecutive Sundays will include Liz Lerman with the Dance Exchange, Diane Floyd and Saturday Company and the trio of Mary Buckley, Anne McDonald and Jeff Bliss.

"I want to see this space become a respectable option for artists and an interesting choice for the audience," says Hubner, who also hopes to make the festival an annual spring event. Tickets are available at the door for $5; students, senior citizens and children are admitted for $2.50. -- Wendy Melillo