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Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration announces featured performances
Month-long event features Philadanco, Baltimore Dance Project and Fifth Grade Ballroom Dancers

Towson, MD   Take a Leap, a month-long Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage February 2 - March 3, 2017. The celebration highlights the range of dance styles offered on Baltimore County stages, from ballet to ballroom to contemporary.

“Baltimore County has gathered our rich and varied dance community together to create opportunities to ‘take a leap’ and try something new,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Baltimore County Dance Celebration - Take a Leap (Logo)“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
4931 New Town Blvd., Owings Mills, MD 21117

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.

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.

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

This modern dance company has been engaging audiences since 1982. Carol Hess, Doug Hamby and Sandra Lacy lead a company known for its edgy collaborations with composers, directors, sound artists and visual artists, and for infusing visual media and technology into riveting dance performance.  

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. 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. 

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

Experience the thrilling 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
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.

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.


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