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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

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.

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.

smARTS logoFronda Cohen
Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences

There’s a new place to get smart in Baltimore County.  Actually, it’s a place to get “smARTS,” a new Baltimore County arts television show premiering March 7 at 7:00-7:30 p.m. on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County. 

We call the program smARTS because we believe this is the smart place to find out about Baltimore County’s arts scene.  The show covers music, dance, theatre, and visual arts, from Catonsville to Dundalk to Towson and Owings Mills.

We also feel the arts really do make you smarter; smarter about the world, about ideas and emotions, and smarter about how creative expression makes our lives more meaningful and just plain fun.

Carolyn Black-Sotir, chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences, hosts the program, The premiere show includes an interview with Marin Alsop about the new Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, whose new home is the Carver Center for Arts & Technology in Towson; a preview of the 25th Baltimore Jewish Film Festival at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills; and a discussion about For All the World to See, an exhibit at UMBC focusing on the impact of visual images and the civil rights movement. A “Get smARTER” segment looks at how County composer Valencio Jackson developed the show’s original theme music.

smARTS premieres March 7 and airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30-noon on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County. Segments are available 24/7 on the Baltimore County government web site

SmARTS is produced by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.

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