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Date: Feb 3, 2017

Take a Leap, a month-long-plus Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage February 2 - March 18, 2017. The celebration, now in its fourth year, highlights the range of dance styles offered on Baltimore County stages, from ballet to bluegrass stompin’ to contemporary.

Featured performances include African American-inspired contemporary dance from Philadanco, edgy multi-media works with original scores from Baltimore Dance Project, an opportunity to meet ballet master Alan Hineline, and Baltimore’s best regional dance companies at the Baltimore Dance Invitational.

“This is one more exciting way we are bringing the performing arts into our communities. Baltimore County has gathered our rich and varied dance community to create opportunities to ‘take a leap’ and try something new,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

“Take a Leap is a wonderful partnership between Baltimore County, the Gordon Center and our dance community. The styles and range of performances are designed for dance lovers and performers, as well as a lively introduction to dance for all ages and interests,” said Randi Benesch, Managing Director of Arts & Culture for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.  

Featured performances include:

Baltimore Dance Project 

February 9, 10, 11, 2017 8:00 p.m. UMBC Performing Arts & Humanities Proscenium Theater 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Edgy collaborations among dancers, sound and visual artists, with premieres of Doug Hamby’s Duet, Sandra Lacy’s mysterious new solo Lost, and Carol Hess’ reconstruction of Janet Soares’ Image in Red for dancer Franki Trout. Additional works include Carol Hess’ Dolled Up, examining the interiors of five women in fancy dresses. Original scores by sound artist Timothy Nohe and composer Anna Rubin. 

Alan Hineline, Ballet Showcase and Meet the Artist

February 10, 2017 6:00 p.m. Goucher College, Todd Studio 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD  21204

Meet the artist and enjoy a showcase of a ballet segment by Alan Hineline. Hineline’s artistic and management leadership talents have served Ballet San Jose, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Ballet Phillipines. His body of work is in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble.

Ariel Rivka Dance

February 12, 2017 4:00 p.m Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

This New York company performs The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther and other works. This evening-length narrative dance work with an original score written by David Homan explores the biblical stories of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther, which epitomize the traditions of community and collaboration. 

The Peking Acrobats

February 19, 2017 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

The Peking Acrobats’ daring acrobatic maneuvers deftly defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. A family event, all with the rhythm, choreography and beauty of dancers.

Towson University Dance Majors Performance Projects

February 23, 24, 25, 2017 7:00 p.m. Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, MD 21250 

A concert featuring unique performances by Towson University dance majors. 

Philadanco

February 25, 2017 8:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

Experience the artistry of The Philadelphia Dance Company, aka Piladanco, celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. 

Baltimore Dance Invitational

February 26, 4:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts  3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

The Baltimore Dance Invitational (BDI) draws the region's top talent together for an eclectic evening of original dance. Dance companies are selected through a juried process that represents high-quality professional dance from the Baltimore region and beyond. Hosted by Baltimore's own The Collective Dance Company.

Maryland Dance Alliance

Friday, March 3 Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

With support from the Maryland Dance Education Association, the Maryland Dance Alliance presents an evening concert of public and private high school dance students performing juried work. 

Steppin’ at the Junction Featuring Charm City Junction & Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Saturday, March 18 Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

Acoustic roots band Charm City Junction joins forces with the legendary Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble for an evening of old-time, Irish, and bluegrass-inspired music and dance.

Tickets and full event calendar are available at www.GordonCenter.com/dance.

Take a Leap is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills and Baltimore County’s dance community. 


Annual Award Honoring African-American Heritage to be Presented to Three Distinguished Recipients

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will recognize the 2017 recipients of The Louis S. Diggs Award in a ceremony on February 27, at the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, starting at 11:30 a.m.

This award, presented annually during Black History Month, is presented to individuals whose life work represents a commitment to the celebration of the African-American experience in Baltimore County, and whose efforts inspire others to strive for success and to celebrate the diversity and achievement that is our strength.

2017 Awardees

The 2017 awardees are:

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Serving as President of UMBC since 1992, Dr. Hrabowski’s research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report (2008), Dr. Hrabowski has been touted as one of America’s top leaders by numerous national and worldwide publications, institutions, and foundations.

Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Distinguished as a visionary leader, Superintendent Dance has united BCPS into a powerful force committed to producing globally competitive graduates. Since 2012, Dr. Dance has been responsible for overseeing the instruction of 112,000 students in 173 schools, centers, and programs in the 25th largest school system in the nation.  Dr. Dance’s leadership was recognized with his appointment to President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Delegate Adrienne Jones, Speaker Pro Tem, Maryland House of Delegates

Since 1997, Adrienne Jones has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates for District 10. Delegate Jones is the current Speaker Pro Tem, holding that post since 2003, and the first African-American female to serve in that position in the State of Maryland. Born and educated in Baltimore County, Delegate Jones was employed by County Government before retiring in 2014 where she was the director of the Office of Minority Affairs, the Office of Fair Practices and the deputy director of Human Resources.

Louis S. Diggs

The award is named for Baltimore County resident Louis S. Diggs, a respected and distinguished authority on County African-American history. Diggs’ research and historical perspective has guided him to publish 10 books; organize tours in the community; present lectures; and manage the Diggs-Johnson Museum in Granite.

“No one has done more to preserve and promote African-American history in Baltimore County than Mr. Louis Diggs,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I am immensely proud to present this year’s Diggs award to three very distinguished individuals who embody the true spirit of this honor. Freeman Hrabowski, Dallas Dance, and Adrienne Jones are outstanding leaders who make a difference in our County each and every day.”


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016