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Baltimore County Dance Celebration logoFronda Cohen
Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission

Are you ready to leap in the air, do a few twirls, and yell “enough with the snow, it’s time to dance!”

The Baltimore County Dance Celebration is in full swing and ready to help you get up, get out of the house, and get moving.  Here’s what’s coming up:

Company E a dynamic contemporary repertory dance company, adds Baltimore County to its roster of performance locales February 22 and 23. Recent performances and collaborations have taken place in Kazakhstan, Algeria, Italy and New York. The company brings a world premiere to the Gordon Center stage in Owings Mills Saturday, February 22. photo of dancersSunday, Company E performs a family-friendly “Jungle Book” matinee with Towson University Community Dance. Check out this preview video of Saturday night's performance" here's the link to the video http://youtu.be/axrhg2GU34A

A free Family Dance NightCelebrating African American choreographersis fun for the whole family, February 25 at Campfield Early Learning Center in Lochearn.

Discover traditional dances from Africa, Mexico, the Middle East, and fiery flamenco.  Dance Baltimore’s Global Expressionsincludes dancers from Sankofa Dance Theatre, Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company, Bailes De Mi Tierra, and Arte Flamenco March 2.

Drop in on the Friday Night Swing Dance Club. Start the evening with a swing dance lesson that is perfect for beginners and stay for dancing to live music until midnight. An affordable $12 per person at the Towson American Legion Hall.

Common Ground Dance performs at CCBC Dundalk March 15 and 16 with a benefit for the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Dynamic Dance program.

Towson Arts Collective presents MOVE! An Art Exhibit Celebrating the Human Figure in Motion, through February at their downtown Towson gallery on Chesapeake Avenue.

Check out the full calendar for ticket information even more events featuring dance improv, Angelina Ballerina, Irish dance, and master classes for advanced dancers.

The Baltimore County Dance Celebration is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts.


Take a Leap logoJuliet Morris
Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission Intern

The New Year is upon us and with it are New Year’s resolutions. It’s no secret that these promises are not always easy. This year, I propose a resolution that everyone can keep: try something new! The Baltimore County Dance Celebration gives everyone lots of opportunities to take a leap.

The Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts present a month-long dance celebration that kicks off January 26 and runs through March 16. (OK, so it’s more than a month.  There’s just too much to fit into four weeks.)

The celebration is packed with world-class dance performances, film screenings, meet the artist receptions, and classes, with something for families, students, professional dancers, and dance lovers of all ages.  The calendar features ballet, African, contemporary, Irish, global, and swing dance.  

Here are just a few highlights.

Free or almost free

Dance month kicks off on January 26 with AKIMBO Uncoiled, a day of free ragtime workshops, live music and dance lessons at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills.  It’s time for the castle walk and the two step!

Enjoy free Dance in Film screenings of Billy Elliot and Mad Hot Ballroom at the Gordon Center.

Meet the Artists:  Niles Martin, former principle of the New York City Ballet, and contemporary dancers from Median Movement come to Goucher College.

Towson Arts Collective presents MOVE! An Art Exhibit Celebrating the Human Figure in Motion. The opening reception February 1 features tango dancing.

A free Family Dance Night Celebrating African American choreographersis fun for the whole family, February 25 at Campfield Early Learning Center.

Drop in on the Friday Night Swing Dance Club. Start the evening with a swing dance lesson that is perfect for beginners and stay for dancing to live music until midnight. An affordable $12 per person at the Towson American Legion Hall.

Visit the Baltimore County Dance Celebration calendar for details of all events.

World Class Performances

Get your tickets now for a special night out

The Baltimore Dance Project performs for an entire weekend at UMBC, bringing innovative contemporary dance to Catonsville February 6-8.

The Baltimore Ballet comes to the Gordon Center stage in Owings Mills on February 15 with “A Gershwin Rhapsody” and “Firebird.” 

Dance Company ECompany E a dynamic contemporary repertory dance company, adds Baltimore County to its roster of performance locales. Recent performances and collaborations have taken place in Kazakhstan, Algeria, Italy and New York. The company brings selections from its NEXT series to the Gordon Center stage. Catch the Saturday, February 22 evening performance of contemporary works and come back for a Sunday “Jungle Book” matinee with Towson University Community Dance that will get the whole family excited about dance.

Discover traditional dances from Africa, Mexico, the Middle East, and fiery flamenco.  Dance Baltimorebrings dancers from Sankofa Dance Theatre, Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company, Bailes De Mi Tierra, and Arte Flamenco March 2.

Check out the full calendar for even more events featuring dance improv, Angelina Ballerina, Irish dance, student choreographers, master classes for advanced dancers, and performances by additional Baltimore County dance companies.

With a diverse collection of performances and dance classes for both beginners and professionals, it won’t be hard to find something you have never experienced before.  Take a leap with the Baltimore County Dance Celebration. Visit www.gordoncenter.com/dance for the complete calendar and ticket information.



Holiday ShoppingScrap the Malls
A 12 days ‘til Christmas shopping list

Fronda Cohen
Baltimore County Office of Communications

Twelve days to go, twelve ideas for unique and memorable gifts. So scrap the malls and head for the one-of-a-kind.

1. Sip local. Wine tours and tastings from Baltimore County’s vineyards

2. Spark the adventurous. Classes in rock climbing (Earth Trek Climbing Center), fencing (Baltimore Fencing Center), or flying (Middle River Aviation)

3. Get creative. Tickets to a County performance (check out Baltimore Actors Theatre, Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Music in the Great Hall)

4. Add some class. Check out the Community College of Baltimore County.

5. Go old. Antiques

6. Go trendy. Boutiques

7. Skip the 800 numbers. Flowers from your neighborhood shop

8. I feel pretty. Salon services

9. Everybody dance now. Tickets to the Baltimore County Dance Celebration

10. Because they’ve always talked about it. Music or painting lessons from a local studio

11. Get a Big Tree. Not for Christmas, but a certificate for a native tree from your local nursery. Plant in the spring for a lifetime of beauty and shade.

12. Just Eat It. Restaurant gift card

The twelve day countdown starts today. No pressure. Really.


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