Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase

The purpose of the Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase is to highlight the status of dance instruction in public schools, expose students to public school dance programs and educators throughout the state, provide high quality master classes to broaden student experience, foster quality performance in dance as a fine art, and provide professional adjudicators to select All-State Dancers and the Showcase Awards for Professionalism and Performance.

The 2017 Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase will be held on January 6, 2017 (snow date Monday, January 9, 2017) at Goucher College. Dancers attend morning orientation and guest presentation, master classes and tech, an afternoon concert (5:00 PM) and an evening concert at 7:30 PM in Kraushaar Auditorium.  Tickets for the evening concert are $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and students) and can be purchased at the door.

All public high schools that have fine arts dance classes within their daily academic schedule are eligible. Each school may submit a total of two (2) 7-minute (maximum) pieces for adjudication, each piece representing a different style. The review committee selects the evening concert pieces (as many as will fit into a concert of 2 hours running time including intermission) from those submitted; schools perform one piece. Those not selected for the evening concert perform in an afternoon concert.

Up to five dancers from each school may be nominated for All-State. Dancers will audition at UMBC on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (snow date Wednesday, November 30, 2016). The audition involves a ballet and modern class. All-State dancers will be announced at the conclusion of the evening concert.

Showcase also presents the Professionalism and Performance Award to a school performing in the afternoon concert and to a school performing in the evening concert who has best exemplified these qualities at Showcase. 

Teachers, Please see the BCPS Dance Office Intranet site for the forms and deadlines, and to apply to attend Showcase.

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