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Date: Dec 2019

Ballet Hispánico, The Snow Queen and Baltimore Dances!

The "Take A Leap" Baltimore County Dance Celebration takes to the stage January 3 through February 29, 2020. The celebration, now in its seventh year, features national and regional professional performers, master classes with guest artists, and showcases of local student dance and choreography.

Featured performances at the Gordon Center include contemporary dance from NYC-based Ballet Hispánico Company, America's leading Latinx dance organization, who has been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. In addition, the Gordon Center presents family favorite "The Snow Queen, " from Maryland Ballet Theatre and Baltimore Dances!, an evening celebrating the diversity of the area’s top professional dance talent.

For the seventh year running, the Gordon Center brings an internationally renowned dance company to Baltimore County—Ballet Hispánico in 2020—and sponsors extensive outreach activities with the company for Baltimore County Public Schools students, including master classes and a student-only performance, all free of charge.

A Celebration of Dance and Diversity in Baltimore

“As a former dancer, I’m thrilled to be a part of this celebration of the diversity of the dance community on the global, national and local stage,” said Sara Shalva, Chief Arts Officer at the Gordon Center. “For me, dance is a unique and meaningful expression of marriage between movement and music that is both powerful and vulnerable, and there’s nothing quite like the visceral experience of the live performance! It’s a pleasure to work with colleagues from Towson University, Goucher College, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools, and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Culture.”
 
“Take A Leap is a celebration of dance in Baltimore,” said Sonia Synkowski, who serves as president of the Maryland Dance Education Association, and executive director for The Collective Dance Company, as well as a dance resource teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools. “We are thrilled to bring both professional dancers and community dancers to the Gordon Center stage for this Baltimore dance highlight.”

Performances

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and the Baltimore region’s dance community.  Learn more about the full "Take a Leap" calendar and ticket information

The Snow Queen
Description: Were your children entranced by the animated film Frozen? The Ballet Theatre of Maryland premieres its ballet "The Snow Queen," based on the famous Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, the inspiration for Disney’s blockbuster.
Date and Time: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3 p.m.
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $22 in advance or $27 at the door.

Baltimore Dance Project
Description: Baltimore Dance Project infuses visual media, sound, light and technology into riveting dance performance. The company presents the creative work of co-directors Doug Hamby and Carol Hess, performer and choreographer Sandra Lacy, and guest artists.
Dates and Time: February 6, 7 and 8, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Location: UMBC Proscenium Theatre at 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland 21250
Tickets: Available online or at the box office one hour prior to showtime. $20 for general admission, $10 for students or seniors or $7 for UMBC students. 
Parking: Free.

Meet the Artist: Kevin Jenkins
Description: Meet guest artist-in-residence Kevin Jenkins, ask questions, hear about his artistic endeavors and watch Goucher dancers rehearse his work for the upcoming Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Concert. This event is free and open to the public.
Date and Time: Friday, February 7, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Location: Goucher College Todd Dance Studio at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204

Baltimore Dances!
Description: From West African to contemporary ballet, the artists and dance companies selected to perform in this professional dance showcase represent the best and brightest of the local dance community.
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $22 in advance or $27 at the door.

Ballet Hispánico
Description: Ballet Hispánico, the premier Latinx dance organization in the United States, brings individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through dance. Dancers from Towson University Community Dance will open the show.
Date and Time: Saturday. February 22, 2020 at 8 p.m.
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $32 in advance or $37 at the door.

Meet the Artist and Open Rehearsal: Gail Corbin
Description: Watch rehearsal of an original work to be performed during the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble Spring Concert and participate in a Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.
Date and Time: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Location: Goucher College Todd Dance Studio at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204

Next Generation of Dancers and Choreographers

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration also includes showcases of local up and coming student dancers and choreographers.
 
Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase
Date and Time: Friday, January 3 2020 at 7 p.m. (Snow date: January 6)
Location: Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College at 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and children 5 and under are free.
 
Baltimore County Public Schools Student Choreography Showcase
Date and Time: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Location: Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts at 8100 Wise Avenue, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the door, cash or check only. $5 for adults; $3 for student and seniors.

3rd Annual Dance Your Heart Out Charity Concert
Description: Hosted by The Moving Company Dance Center. Dancers from The Moving Company Ensembles, Hereford High School Dance Company, Dulaney High School Dance Company and Sudbrook Middle Magnet Dancers perform to benefit the One Love Foundation.
Date and Time: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Location: Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120
Tickets: Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 8, and children under 3 are free.
 
Maryland Dance Alliance
Description: The Maryland Dance Education Association presents an engaging program of high school aged students and community dancers from throughout the state.
Date and Time: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Snow date: March 3)
Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts at 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
Tickets: $10 general admission tickets will be available at the door.


Holidays Observed on December 25 and January 1

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular schedule to learn when to set out materials during weeks that contain a collection holiday. Schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000. Additionally, schedules are available on the County’s BaltCoGo mobile app, which is available free of charge on the Google Play and Apple app stores. 

Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the last week of December and the first week of January because more material must be collected in fewer collection days. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, the materials should be left out until collection occurs.

Trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including the Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1.

All three drop-off facilities will be open with regular operating hours on December 24 and 31.


Deputy State Prosecutor Madigan Brings Years of Legal Expertise, Passion for Government Accountability

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Kelly Beckham Madigan has been appointed the first Executive Director for the newly created Baltimore County Office of Ethics and Accountability.

Formed earlier this year as part of County Executive Olszewski’s sweeping package of ethics reforms, the Office of Ethics and Accountability will provide increased oversight of county government by working to identify any fraud, abuse or illegal acts. The independent office will have autonomy from the county executive and county council.

“Kelly brings a wealth of experience in litigation, deep professional integrity, and a passion for government accountability,” Olszewski said. “I'm confident that she will help ensure that our government is held to the highest standards.”

Madigan currently serves as the Deputy State Prosecutor for the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor, where she investigates and prosecutes public corruption, bribery, misconduct and election law crimes. She served as Acting State Prosecutor from August 2019 until November 2019, following the retirement of former State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt. Previously, Madigan served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 11 years in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, including two years as a supervising attorney.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.

“I’m honored to join this administration’s innovative efforts to expand government accountability. The people of Baltimore County deserve to have the utmost faith in their government and I’m committed to creating an independent watchdog to ensure that residents can feel confident that their public officials are held to the highest standards.”

An Independent Office and Commission

Under Madigan, the Office of Ethics and Accountability will be tasked with providing increased accountability and oversight in the operations of County government. The Office will exist independently from the offices of the county executive and county council and have unrestricted access to records and information, ensuring the Office can fully investigate claims of waste, fraud, abuse, and illegal acts within County government. The Office will publish a yearly report documenting investigations and efforts throughout the year.

The Ethics and Accountability Director will also serve as Executive Director of the Ethics Commission, which will become an independent entity, after formerly falling under the Baltimore County Office of Law.

Madigan’s appointment as Executive Director must be approved by the County Council. Once confirmed, she will serve a five-year term.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017