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Month-long event features Philadanco, Baltimore Dance Project and Fifth Grade Ballroom Dancers

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 ballroom to contemporary. 

“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.  

In addition to the featured performances, Philadanco will stage a special performance for Baltimore County Public School students and conduct youth master classes. 

Featured performances include:

BCPS Grade 5 Ballroom Showcase February 3, 2017 6:30 p.m.  New Town High School

Come and meet those dancing feet! Fifth graders from throughout Baltimore County Public Schools come together to showcase their ballroom dancing skills.  A free family event.

Baltimore Dance Project February 9, 10, 11, 2017 8:00 p.m. UMBC 

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

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 

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

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 

A concert featuring unique performances by Towson University dance majors. 

Philadanco February 25, 2017 8:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Experience the artistry of The Philadelphia Dance Company, aka Piladanco, long recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Philadanco is 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

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

Sponsored by the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, over 300 high school dancers will compete in this adjudicated program.

Steppin’ at the Junction Featuring Charm City Junction and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble March 18, 2017  8:30 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Acoustic roots band Charm City Junction joins forces with the legendary Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble to bring you "Steppin’ at the Junction," an evening of old-time, Irish, bluegrass-inspired music and dance.

Tickets and full event calendar are available at

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. 

Many unexpected treasures are virtually hidden away in Baltimore County’s libraries, historic buildings and archives. The fall edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture show, features some special collections that offer a window into our history. Highlights include a series of “Retro Snapshots” featuring historic photographs of Towson, Dundalk, Reisterstown/Glyndon and Catonsville. 

Host Carolyn Black Sotir and Tom Beck, Chief Curator of the library and gallery at UMBC, discuss photographs from the UMBC special collections, including a Matthew Brady photograph of the first black U.S. Senator and a Civil War artist’s designs for Colored Regiment flags.

Additional segments feature iconic Baltimore photographs by A. Aubrey Bodine and the story of “Flying Boats,” the first trans-Pacific commercial aircraft built at the Glenn L. Martin Company in Middle River.

Viewers can also find resources for discovering family and neighborhood history at the Historical Society of Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Library.

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments also are available on YouTube.

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.

Keywords: arts, history, video

Over $3 million in grants proposed in FY17 budget 

Recognizing that arts and culture are vital to our quality of life, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has proposed $3.27 million in grants to arts, science and humanities organizations in the fiscal year 2017 budget, an increase of $382,000.

“If we are to create the kind of Baltimore County that we want our children to be proud of, we must recognize the important role that Baltimore City plays in our county, in our region and in our state. That is why we continue to dedicate more than $3 million in next year’s budget to support regional arts and cultural institutions in both the city and County,” said County Executive Kamenetz.

687,000 visits to City arts and cultural attractions

From the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Center Stage to the National Aquarium, Baltimore Symphony and Maryland Zoo, County residents support arts and culture throughout the region. Last year, there were 687,000 visits by Baltimore County residents to Baltimore City arts and cultural attractions.  

Baltimore Symphony“Not only do the arts help create the wonderful quality of life we enjoy, they add jobs and generate economic impact,” said Kamenetz. “For example, in 2015 the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra alone added over $8 million to Baltimore County’s economy through dollars spent at County companies, property and income taxes paid by BSO employees and revenue from performances at Oregon Ridge in Cockeysville.”    

“The arts are as important as the Orioles and the Ravens to attracting and retaining businesses and recruiting employees,” added Kamenetz.

Baltimore City’s cultural institutions complement County arts organizations such as the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Towson University Center for Asian Art & Culture and Deep Vision Dance Company. 

Keywords: arts, budget, kamenetz

Revised September 26, 2016