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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.


Event features Koresh Dance, Snow White, Dissonance Dance

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage January 4 - March 8, 2019. The celebration, in its sixth year, features national and regional performers, master classes with guest artists, and student dance and choreography showcases.

Featured performances include contemporary dance from Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company; Dissonance Dance Theatre performing selections choreographed to Vivaldi, Philip Glass, gospel and disco; and intermedia performances by the Baltimore Dance Project. In addition to Koresh Dance Company, the Gordon Center presents Snow White from Maryland Ballet Theatre and the Baltimore Dance Invitational featuring original works by regional professional dancers and dance companies.

“Take a Leap is for anyone who moves!” said Alyson Bonavoglia, artistic director for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. “The Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is a highlight of my year. I am thrilled 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 Sciences.”

For the sixth year running, the Gordon Center brings an internationally renowned dance company to Baltimore County —Koresh Dance in 2019 — 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.

The full Take a Leap calendar and ticket information are available online at www.jcc.org/take-leap-baltimore-county-dance-celebration.

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and the Baltimore region’s dance community.

Featured Take a Leap Performances

Snow White

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019, 3:00 PM

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $20 At the door: $25

A premiere performance by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Brothers Grimm fairytale Snow White comes to life at the Gordon, debuting nationally in celebration of Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s 40th anniversary.

Baltimore Dance Invitational

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019, 7:30 PM

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $20 At the door: $25

Experience an evening of the best in regional, professional dance from the area’s top talent. An eclectic showcase of original contemporary dance works.

Inner Sun by Koresh Dance Company

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019, 8:00 PM

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $30 At the door: $35

Inner Sun features the stunning choreography of Artistic Director Roni Koresh to commissioned music pairing composer John Levis and poet Karl Mullen. Dancers from Towson University Community Dance will open the show.

Baltimore Dance Project

FEBRUARY 7, 8, 9, 2019, 8:00 PM

UMBC Proscenium Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 students/seniors, $7 UMBC students. Tickets online and at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

Free parking

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.

Rewind to Fast Forward by Dissonance Dance Theater

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

UMBC Proscenium Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Students

A contemporary ballet company that evokes emotional experiences with a blend of “classic” modern styles with nuances of classical ballet, Dissonance Dance Theatre (DDT) performs selections choreographed by Shawn Short to music ranging from Vivaldi to Philip Glass, gospel to disco.

Meet the Artist/Open Rehearsal: Durante Verzola

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019, 6:00 PM

Goucher College Todd Dance Studio, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD

Free

Dance View Times described Durante Verzola as “carefree, bringing show biz airs and ballet with a jazz bounce to the stage." Watch a rehearsal of Durante Verzola's work to be performed on the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble spring concert, and participate in a Q&A session.

Next Generation of Dancers and Choreographers

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration also includes showcases of up and coming student dancers and choreographers.

Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019, 7:00 PM [Snow date: January 7]

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors

Baltimore County Public Schools Student Choreography Showcase

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019, 7:00 PM

Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave, Dundalk, MD 21222

Tickets: $5/adults; $3/student and seniors. Tickets available at the door, cash or check only.

2nd Annual Dance Your Heart Out Charity Concert

Hosted by The Moving Company Dance Center

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019, 7:00 PM

Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120

Tickets: $10 adult, $5 children under 8, free children under 3

Tickets available at the door

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.

Maryland Dance Alliance

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019, 7:00 PM [Snow date: February 25]

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: $10/general admission; tickets available at the door

More info: https://www.mddanceed.org/maryland-dance-alliance

The Maryland Dance Education Association presents an engaging program of student and community dancers from throughout the State.

Especially for Dancers

Take a Leap offers a program of master classes with national guest artists and local professionals. Free or low cost classes for advanced and professional dancers include jazz/modern fusion with Jon Lehrer, contemporary with Katie Currier of Peridance Contemporary Dance, ballet with Melinda Blomquist and jazz with Tommy Parlon.

“We’re pleased to support our Baltimore County dance community with opportunities to take their dance training to new heights,” said Sonia Synkowski, president of the Maryland Dance Education Association and Dance Resource Teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools.

Jazz Master Class with Tommy Parlon

FEBRUARY 11, 2019, 11:15 AM

CCBC Essex Campus, Athletics and Wellness Center (WELL), Dance Studio Room 220, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237

Free www.ccbcmd.edu/dance

Open Classes with Durante Verzola, Guest Artist in Residence, Goucher College

FEBRUARY 12-20, 2019

Goucher College, Todd Dance Studio, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204

Class fee $20 For class time and details, call the Goucher College Dance  410-337-6390

CCBC Guest Artist Jon Lehrer: Modern Master Classes and Open Rehearsal

FEBRUARY 19, 21, 22, 2019, 11:00 AM

CCBC Essex Campus, Athletics and Wellness Center, Dance Studio Room 220, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237

Free  www.ccbcmd.edu/dance

Peridance Contemporary Dance Workshop/Audition

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019, 1:30 PM

UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building, The Dance Cube, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Tickets: $30. Register online: http://auditions.peridance.com/listing/baltimore-maryland/

Ballet Master Class with Melinda Blomquist

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019, 11:00 AM

CCBC Essex, Athletics and Wellness Center (WELL), Dance Studio Room 230, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237

Free www.ccbcmd.edu/dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: arts, dance, take a leap

The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, explores how the arts impact our lives in Maryland and the intersection of dance and physics. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with Nicholas Cohen from Maryland Citizens for the Arts on how the arts impact our lives and economy.
  • Deep Vision Dance and a Towson University physics professor team up for an innovative way of teaching both dance and physics. 
  • Otherword Jazz performs and the show looks how the Natural History Society of Maryland, based in Overlea, helps us explore the natural world.   

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel.

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017