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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.

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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

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 for the complete calendar and ticket information.


Revised April 6, 2016