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Take a Leap logoEnjoy Baltimore County's Month-long Dance Celebration

Come and meet those dancing feet! About 2,500 dancing feet will be taking to stages and studios during the third annual Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration, a month of world-class dance performances, free dance class, meet the artists, and more. The celebration kicks off February 4 and runs through March 6.

Here are some highlights, from ballroom dancing in Towson to contra dancing in Pikesville, ballet in Owings Mills to modern dance in Catonsville:

  • Internationally acclaimed ZviDance from New York presents Dabke, innovative modern dance inspired by traditional Middle Eastern music and dance. (February 20, Gordon Center for Performing Arts)
  • The Baltimore Dance Invitational showcases original works by professional dance companies from the Baltimore region. (February 21, Gordon Center for Performing Arts)
  • Baltimore Dance Project presents a melding of interactive media and modern dance. (February 4-6, UMBC)
  • A contra dance extravaganza with live music by the Sligo Creek Stompers is hosted by the Baltimore Folk Music Society. (February 13, St. Marks on the Hill, Pikesville)
  • Free ballroom and Latin dance classes for all ages at the Atlantic Ballroom in Towson. (February 20)
  • Alice in Wonderland by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. (February 28, Gordon Center for Performing Arts)
  • Meet the Artist receptions and master classes with international choreographer/dancers Michou Szabo, February 10 and 13, and Gabrielle Lamb, February 27-March 5, hosted by Goucher College dance.
  • Dance on Bones, a mixed media performance at Towson University, March 4-6.
  • Dancers Among Us, an exhibit of work by photographer Jordan Matter, February 2 – March 31 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts Gallery.

photo of dancers

Bring Your Feet to Free Classes

Bring your feet to the dance floor Sunday, February 21 for 14 free dance classes and demonstrations at Towson University and the JCC in Owings Mills. People of all ages and experience can stop by and try out styles from hip hop to West African and modern dance from Towson University Community Dance. 

Take a leap with the Baltimore County Dance Celebration - your dancing feet are just itching to get moving! Click here for the complete calendar and ticket information.

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.

Fronda Cohen
Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission

Great One-of-a-Kind Gifts

Are you in a gift rut? If you’re looking for ideas that are authentic, memorable and definitely not pre-packaged, put your creative on.

Get in the festive spirit with a holiday concert or the classic Nutcracker ballet. Tickets make a great gift –try a performance during the Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration in February.

How about a piece of original art from an emerging artist? Support our local Baltimore County artists. You’ll have a one-of -a-kind, original work that might become a family heirloom. 

Break out of the Box Ideas

So break out of the box. Here are some artful gift ideas:       

photo of ceramic mugTowson University Pottery, Glass and Jewelry Sale
December 4 to 5
Center for the Arts, Ceramics Studio, CA 3012


group photo of MaccabeatsMaccabeats Chanukah Concert 
December 13

Gordon Center for Performing Arts


photo of ballet dancers' feetThe Nutcracker
Baltimore Ballet
December 12-13
Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium

Christmas for Kids
Baltimore Choral Arts
December 19
Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium

Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration
Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Joshua Nelson Band
“Kosher Gospel”
January 17
Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Sing-Along Messiah
Baltimore Choral Arts
December 18
Goucher College Kraushaar Auditorium

image of paintingBaltimore County Arts Guild
The Gallery @1101
1101 Maiden Choice Lane, Second Floor, Arbutus

Towson Arts Collective
40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson

Fronda Cohen,
Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission

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.


Revised April 6, 2016