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Release Date: 12/12/2019
Contact: Brandon Oland, 443.809.5908

Grade 5 ballroom dance schedule announced for remainder of 2019-2020 school year

TOWSON, MD. – Where do Grade 5 students learn to cha cha, merengue, swing, and tango? For the past 12 years, the answer has been Baltimore County Public Schools. The school system offers weeklong ballroom dance instruction to students in more than 60 schools.

The lessons are taught by professional dancers/teachers of ballroom dance. According to dance resource teacher Sonia Synkowski, the program not only teaches students about the dance forms, their origins, and provides practical experience in social/partner dance, but emphasizes dance etiquette and decorum, both valuable character education components.The weeklong lessons end with inviting parents in to see their children dance and dance with them.

The ballroom dance schedule for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year follows:

December 16 – 20
Featherbed Lane Elementary, 2:50 – 3:40 p.m.
Hebbville Elementary, 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Hillcrest Elementary, 9 – 9:50 a.m.
Honeygo Elementary, 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Rodgers Forge Elementary, 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

January 6 – 10
Dogwood Elementary, 10 – 10:50 a.m.
Fullerton Elementary, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
Seventh District Elementary, 9 – 9:50 a.m.
Sparks Elementary, 2:25 – 3:15 p.m.

January 13 – 17
Holabird STEM, 11:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Sandy Plains Elementary, 9 – 9:50 a.m.

January 27 – 31
Edgemere Elementary, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Gunpowder Elementary, 9 – 10 a.m. & 10 – 11 a.m.
Oliver Beach Elementary, 2:15 – 3:05 p.m.
Pinewood Elementary, 9:50 – 10:40 a.m.
Reisterstown Elementary, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

February 3 – 7
Deer Park Elementary, 8:45 – 9:35 a.m.
Franklin Elementary, 10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
Jacksonville Elementary, 2:50 – 3:40 p.m.
Kingsville Elementary, 9:35 – 10:25 a.m.

February 10 – 14
Chase Elementary, 9:10 – 10 a.m. & 10:05 – 10:55 a.m.
Lyons Mill Elementary, 9 – 9:50 a.m.
Martin Boulevard Elementary, 2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
Orems Elementary, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

February 24 – 28
Villa Cresta Elementary (1/2 of Grade 5), 8:55 – 9:45 a.m.
Glenmar Elementary, 11:10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Seven Oaks Elementary, 1:30 – 2:20 p.m. & 2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

March 2 – 6
Cromwell Valley Elementary, 9:35 – 10:25 a.m.
Hawthorne Elementary, 9:05 – 9:55 a.m.
Joppa View Elementary, 1:55 – 2:45 p.m. and 2:50 – 3:40 p.m.
Villa Cresta Elementary (1/2 of Grade 5), 8:55 – 9:45 a.m.

March 9 – 13
Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lutherville Lab, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.
Oakleigh Elementary, 2:15 – 3:05 p.m.
Middleborough Elementary, 9:15 – 10:05 a.m.

March 23 – 27
Charlesmont Elementary, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Essex Elementary, 9:10 – 10 a.m.
Stoneleigh Elementary, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

March 30 – April 3
Perry Hall Elementary, 9:40 – 10:30 a.m. & 10:30 – 11:25 a.m.
Westchester Elementary, 11:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

April 20 – 24
Elmwood Elementary, 9:55 -- 10:45 a.m.

April 27 – May 1
Warren Elementary, 9 – 9:50 a.m.

Ballroom dance weeks have already taken place this school year at Arbutus Elementary, Baltimore Highlands, Battle Grove Elementary, Bear Creek Elementary, Chapel Hill Elementary, The Chatsworth School, Colgate Elementary, Fort Garrison Elementary, Glyndon Elementary, Hampton Elementary, Harford Hills Elementary, Maiden Choice School, Mars Estates Elementary, Owings Mills Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary, Prettyboy Elementary, Relay Elementary, Riderwood Elementary, Summit Park Elementary, Timonium Elementary, Wellwood International School, and West Towson Elementary.

The Office of Music and Dance Education coordinates the ballroom program and schedules schools as part of the Rhythms and Dance Unit for physical education. Schools fund the $500 per school cost of the program using operating funds or through community resources such as PTAs.

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