America’s Got Talent finalist to perform at Mendel Center

Published 5:45 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — In 2011, iLuminate took the nation by storm when America voted the dance-in-the-dark sensation to one of the top finalist positions on the hit television show America’s Got Talent. Now iLuminate is bringing its technology-dance mashup to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

In addition to the stage performance, the evening will include a question and answer session with the developer of the iLuminate technology and audience members will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the iLuminate performers after the show.

iLuminate is the brainchild of Miral Kotb who combined her passions for dance and software engineering to create patented iLuminate technology, the tool that enables performers, choreographers, engineers, technicians, stylists, and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs. The results are extraordinary lighting effects choreographed with dance moves that take audiences on an exhilarating ride.

The iLuminate technology has been snapped up by A-listers in music, hitting the stage with Grammy-winning superstars such as Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, and David Guetta, among others. It has also been featured on hit primetime television shows including Dancing with the Stars and X Factor, awards shows like the American Music Awards, MTV’s Video Music Awards, BET Awards, The Nickelodeon Awards, Billboard and Latin Billboard Awards, and daytime favorites The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and Good Morning America.

Kotb received her degree in computer science from Columbia University while studying dance at Barnard College. Upon graduating she secured a position with Bloomberg L.P. as a senior software engineer and entered the world of mobile application development. The concept for iLuminate emerged while Kotb was developing iPhone applications. She had a vision of dancers wearing costumes that illuminated wirelessly to compliment the music and choreography — wireless technology that could be controlled from the palm of one’s hand. She pursued her idea with help from some of the best hardware and software engineers in the business.

Since then, Kotb and her unprecedented technology, programming, choreographing, and overall artistic direction has catapulted iLuminate into an international phenomenon that mesmerizes audiences across the globe. The enormously successful Off-Broadway production has played to sold-out audiences.

Tickets for iLuminate start at $26 and are available online at, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221, Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For information about group rates, pre-show party options, and other special arrangements, contact the Box Office.

A pre-show VIP Experience package is available with private party area, one complimentary drink, private bar, appetizers, and giveaways. The VIP Experience package is $20 per person.

Attendees may enjoy a cash bar in the front lobby open for one hour before show time. Special Mendel Center drink cups are available for purchase, which allow patrons to enjoy their beverages inside the theater. Additional services include valet parking for $6.

Whirlpool Corporation, Chemical Bank, and Z94.3 are sponsoring the performance.