All-County Honors Dance Ensemble performs at Shady Spring Elementary School


All-County Honors Dance Ensemble performed at Shady Spring Elementary School during an Achievement Assembly.  As a reward for their success in school, a select group of Shady Spring students were invited to an Achievement Assembly that featured a performance by the All-County Honors Dance Ensemble.

The high-achieving students at Shady Spring Elementary School had the opportunity to watch some of the county’s best dancers perform, and were given the opportunity to dance with them.

The dancers performed ensemble ballet and modern dance pieces and three solos – by seniors Antonio Wright of New Town High School, and Taylor Lewis and Michael West of George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Following these performances, Stephanie Powell, the ensemble’s artistic director and a dance instructor at Carver Center, conducted a “flash mob” (seemingly spontaneous dance) involving Shady Spring students, teachers, administrators, and parents. 

“Since the ensemble also has to maintain a high-level of both academic and artistic achievement,
it is a great opportunity to share this with the Shady Spring students as an incentive to keep up their
good work,” said Suzanne Henneman, dance education resource teacher for Baltimore County
Public Schools.

Selected in October 2011 through a highly competitive application and audition process, the
21 members of the Honors Dance Ensemble represent six of the seven BCPS high schools with a fine arts dance program.

Story and pictures submitted by Susie Henneman, Teacher
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