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By Fronda Cohen, Director, Baltimore County Arts & Sciences Commission

Dancing with a Beast. Dancing in a multimedia forest. Dancing with a performer who uses a wheelchair.

It’s all at Take a Leap, a month-long Baltimore County Dance Celebration, taking to the stage now through March 3. The celebration, in its fifth year, features national and regional performers, student works, and free dance classes from hip hop to tap.

AXIS Dance, an ensemble of disabled and non-disabled performers, headlines a calendar of performances at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. Baltimore Dance Project will feature the rarely seen contemporary ballet, "Unravel" by the late Eric Hampton, Doug Hamby’s “Square Breath” and Carol Hess' multimedia work “LightForest,” performed at UMBC’s Performing Arts and Humanities building.  Families will enjoy “Beauty and the Beast” by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. (Hurry, these two performances are almost sold out!)

“The arts are a vital part of what makes living here great. We’re pleased to bring dance into our communities through this month-long dance celebration,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Featured Take a Leap Performances

Student Choreography Showcase from Baltimore County Public Schools

Be the first to see the work of aspiring young choreographers in performances adjudicated by ClancyWorks Dance Company.

February 1, 2018, 7:00 p.m. Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts  $5/general admission; $3/students and seniors at the door

Baltimore Dance Project

The program will feature Doug Hamby's riveting work "Square Breath” and the rarely seen contemporary ballet "Unravel" by the late Eric Hampton. Also on the program is Carol Hess' multimedia work “LightForest” and new works by Hamby and Hess.

February 8, 9, 10, 2018, 8:00 p.m.  UMBC  Performing Arts and Humanities Building Tickets available at the box office one hour prior to showtime

Dance Free

Your chance to try ballet, tap, hip hop and more. Professional dancers from The Collective are waiting to meet your dancing feet, no matter your age or dance skills.

February 11, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Just drop in, it's free!

Baltimore Dance Invitational

The Baltimore Dance Invitational (BDI) draws the area’s top talent together for an eclectic evening of original dance. Co-presented by The Collective.

February 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.  Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Ballet Theatre of Maryland: Beauty and the Beast

The beloved fairytale comes to life in this magical full-length production featuring Maryland’s premier professional ballet company.

February 11, 2018, 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Gordon Center for Performing Arts 

Meet the Artist with Claudia MacPherson

Meet Claudia MacPherson, a founding member of Jessica Lang Dance, to talk about the Lang-choreographed ballet being staged at Goucher College.

February 23, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Goucher College, Todd Dance Studio. Call Goucher Dance for details 410-337-6390

AXIS Dance Company

One of the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers presents works of art that can change the way audiences think about dance. This special performance celebrates the Maryland State Arts Council’s 50th year.

February 24, 2018, 8:00 p.m.  Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Towson University Dance Majors Showcase

Works from up and coming dancers at Towson University Dance.

February 23, 7:00 p.m., February 24, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Towson University, Dance Studio Theater

Full Take a Leap Dance Calendar 

The full Take a Leap calendar and ticket information are available at www.gordoncenter.com/dance.

In addition to the featured performances, AXIS Dance will stage a special performance for Baltimore County Public School students and conduct youth master classes. During the celebration, fifth graders will showcase their ballroom dance skills at elementary schools throughout Baltimore County.

Warm up, take a leap, and dance this February!

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.  


Take a Leap, a month-long-plus Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage February 2 - March 18, 2017. The celebration, now in its fourth year, highlights the range of dance styles offered on Baltimore County stages, from ballet to bluegrass stompin’ to contemporary.

Featured performances include African American-inspired contemporary dance from Philadanco, edgy multi-media works with original scores from Baltimore Dance Project, an opportunity to meet ballet master Alan Hineline, and Baltimore’s best regional dance companies at the Baltimore Dance Invitational.

“This is one more exciting way we are bringing the performing arts into our communities. Baltimore County has gathered our rich and varied dance community to create opportunities to ‘take a leap’ and try something new,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

“Take a Leap is a wonderful partnership between Baltimore County, the Gordon Center and our dance community. The styles and range of performances are designed for dance lovers and performers, as well as a lively introduction to dance for all ages and interests,” said Randi Benesch, Managing Director of Arts & Culture for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.  

Featured performances include:

Baltimore Dance Project 

February 9, 10, 11, 2017 8:00 p.m. UMBC Performing Arts & Humanities Proscenium Theater 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Edgy collaborations among dancers, sound and visual artists, with premieres of Doug Hamby’s Duet, Sandra Lacy’s mysterious new solo Lost, and Carol Hess’ reconstruction of Janet Soares’ Image in Red for dancer Franki Trout. Additional works include Carol Hess’ Dolled Up, examining the interiors of five women in fancy dresses. Original scores by sound artist Timothy Nohe and composer Anna Rubin. 

Alan Hineline, Ballet Showcase and Meet the Artist

February 10, 2017 6:00 p.m. Goucher College, Todd Studio 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD  21204

Meet the artist and enjoy a showcase of a ballet segment by Alan Hineline. Hineline’s artistic and management leadership talents have served Ballet San Jose, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Ballet Phillipines. His body of work is in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble.

Ariel Rivka Dance

February 12, 2017 4:00 p.m Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

This New York company performs The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther and other works. This evening-length narrative dance work with an original score written by David Homan explores the biblical stories of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther, which epitomize the traditions of community and collaboration. 

The Peking Acrobats

February 19, 2017 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117

The Peking Acrobats’ daring acrobatic maneuvers deftly defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. A family event, all with the rhythm, choreography and beauty of dancers.

Towson University Dance Majors Performance Projects

February 23, 24, 25, 2017 7:00 p.m. Towson University Center for the Arts, Towson, MD 21250 

A concert featuring unique performances by Towson University dance majors. 

Philadanco

February 25, 2017 8:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

Experience the artistry of The Philadelphia Dance Company, aka Piladanco, celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. 

Baltimore Dance Invitational

February 26, 4:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts  3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

The Baltimore Dance Invitational (BDI) draws the region's top talent together for an eclectic evening of original dance. Dance companies are selected through a juried process that represents high-quality professional dance from the Baltimore region and beyond. Hosted by Baltimore's own The Collective Dance Company.

Maryland Dance Alliance

Friday, March 3 Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

With support from the Maryland Dance Education Association, the Maryland Dance Alliance presents an evening concert of public and private high school dance students performing juried work. 

Steppin’ at the Junction Featuring Charm City Junction & Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble

Saturday, March 18 Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

Acoustic roots band Charm City Junction joins forces with the legendary Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble for an evening of old-time, Irish, and bluegrass-inspired music and dance.

Tickets and full event calendar are available at www.GordonCenter.com/dance.

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. 


Month-long event features Philadanco, Baltimore Dance Project and Fifth Grade Ballroom Dancers

Take a Leap, a month-long-plus Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage February 2 - March 18, 2017. The celebration, now in its fourth year, highlights the range of dance styles offered on Baltimore County stages, from ballet to ballroom to contemporary. 

“This is one more exciting way we are bringing the performing arts into our communities. Baltimore County has gathered our rich and varied dance community to create opportunities to ‘take a leap’ and try something new,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. 

“Take a Leap is a wonderful partnership between Baltimore County, the Gordon Center and our dance community. The styles and range of performances are designed for dance lovers and performers, as well as a lively introduction to dance for all ages and interests,” said Randi Benesch, Managing Director of Arts & Culture for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore.  

In addition to the featured performances, Philadanco will stage a special performance for Baltimore County Public School students and conduct youth master classes. 

Featured performances include:

BCPS Grade 5 Ballroom Showcase February 3, 2017 6:30 p.m.  New Town High School

Come and meet those dancing feet! Fifth graders from throughout Baltimore County Public Schools come together to showcase their ballroom dancing skills.  A free family event.

Baltimore Dance Project February 9, 10, 11, 2017 8:00 p.m. UMBC 

Edgy collaborations among dancers, sound and visual artists, with premieres of Doug Hamby’s Duet, Sandra Lacy’s mysterious new solo Lost, and Carol Hess’ reconstruction of Janet Soares’ Image in Red for dancer Franki Trout. Additional works include Carol Hess’ Dolled Up, examining the interiors of five women in fancy dresses. Original scores by sound artist Timothy Nohe and composer Anna Rubin. 

Alan Hineline: Ballet Showcase and Meet the Artist February 10, 2017 6:00 p.m. Goucher College

Meet the artist and enjoy a showcase of a ballet segment by Alan Hineline. Hineline’s artistic and management leadership talents have served Ballet San Jose, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Ballet Phillipines. His body of work is in the repertories of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and The Juilliard Dance Ensemble.

Ariel Rivka Dance February 12, 2017 4:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts 

This New York company performs The Book of Esther: The Journey of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther and other works. This evening-length narrative dance work with an original score written by David Homan explores the biblical stories of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther, which epitomize the traditions of community and collaboration. 

The Peking Acrobats February 19, 2017 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts

The Peking Acrobats’ daring acrobatic maneuvers deftly defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. A family event, all with the rhythm, choreography and beauty of dancers.  

Towson University Dance Majors Performance Projects February 23, 24, 25, 2017 7:00 p.m. Towson University Center for the Arts 

A concert featuring unique performances by Towson University dance majors. 

Philadanco February 25, 2017 8:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Experience the artistry of The Philadelphia Dance Company, aka Piladanco, long recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Philadanco is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance.

Baltimore Dance Invitational February 26, 4:00 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts

The Baltimore Dance Invitational (BDI) draws the region's top talent together for an eclectic evening of original dance. Dance companies are selected through a juried process that represents high-quality professional dance from the Baltimore region and beyond. Hosted by Baltimore's own The Collective Dance Company.

Maryland Dance Alliance Friday, March 3 Gordon Center for Performing Arts

With support from the Maryland Dance Education Association, the Maryland Dance Alliance presents an evening concert of public and private high school dance students performing juried work.  

Steppin’ at the Junction Featuring Charm City Junction and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble March 18, 2017  8:30 p.m. Gordon Center for Performing Arts

Acoustic roots band Charm City Junction joins forces with the legendary Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble to bring you "Steppin’ at the Junction," an evening of old-time, Irish, bluegrass-inspired music and dance.

Tickets and full event calendar are available at www.GordonCenter.com/dance.

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. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017