“Take a Leap,” a Month-Long Baltimore County Dance Celebration

The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book

Coming this February: Baltimore County Dance Celebration

At the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on October 29, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced a new joint initiative by Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center and Baltimore County’s dance community called “Take a Leap,” a month-long Baltimore County Dance Celebration to be held during February 2014.


The first-ever Baltimore County Dance Celebration features over a month of dance performances films, workshops, artist residencies, and classes for dancers at all skill levels. Ballet, contemporary, global, ragtime, swing dance and more will be highlighted throughout the month at several locations around the county including the Gordon Center. “Many classes and performances will be free or at nominal cost, making it affordable to get out and try something new,” added County Executive Kamenetz.


Highlights of the celebration include the international troupe Company E, with a performance from their contemporary repertoire and a “Jungle Book” matinee including dancers from Towson University Community Dance. Both at the Gordon Center. Company E dancers will serve as artists in residence at ten Baltimore County middle and high schools for an entire week. “Baltimore County has gathered our rich and varied dance community together to create dozens of opportunities to ‘take a leap.’ This is a wonderful new addition to Baltimore County’s arts scene,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.


AKIMBO Uncoiled from Deep Vision Dance Company in Towson will engage families and seniors in free ragtime social dance classes and interactive performances at the JCC in Owings Mills.  The Baltimore Ballet and special guests will perform “A Gershwin Rhapsody and “The Firebird;” Dance Baltimore will showcase dances from around the world; the Baltimore Dance Company will feature contemporary dance on the UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities stage, and Goucher College hosts an opportunity to meet Nilas Martins, former Principal at the New York City Ballet. And these are just some highlights – there’s more to come! “The styles and range of performances, classes and films are designed for dance lovers and performers,” said Randi Benesch, Managing Director of Arts & Culture for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts.


Next February, we hope everyone will “take a leap” and enjoy the Baltimore County Dance Celebration.


The Gordon Center For Performing Arts creates a welcoming environment that engages, educates, entertains and expands the horizons of the Baltimore community through exploration and celebration of all types of art and Jewish culture.


The Gordon Center Dance Performances


Company E  in select works from the NEXT series

Saturday, February 22, 2014;

8:00 pm

$24 in advance

$28 at the door



Watch an exciting and diverse evening of extraordinary dance by Company E, a contemporary repertory dance company based in Washington, DC. This company makes its home all around the world, focusing on international collaborations. Founded in 2011, the company is deeply committed to finding the finest repertory and emphasizes the next generation of brilliant and innovative choreography and dancers. Company E focuses on artistry and the power of art to bring awareness, enjoyment, and inspiration to artists and audiences worldwide. In this concert at the Gordon Center, Company E will present select choreography from Israel, Spain, and the U.S. from its highly acclaimed Next Series.


Company E in The Jungle Book

Sunday, February 23, 2014;

3:00 pm

Gordon Center for Performing Arts

$10 in addvance

 $12 at the door


For show details see our listing in the Family section on page….


Baltimore Ballet

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Call 410.667.7974 or visit baltimoreballet.org



Dance Partner Shows:


January 26, 2014

Deep Vision Dance Company

AKIMBO Uncoiled: The Traveling Feet of Ragtime

Gordon Center


                February 9, 2014

Live Dance/Dance in Film

Baltimore County Youth Ballet performance

followed by a free screening of Bunheads

Gordon Center


                February 15, 2014

Baltimore Ballet & Special Guest Artists

A Gershwin Rhapsody and The Firebird

Gordon Center


                February 17, 2014

                Dance in Film:  Billy Elliot

                Free President’s Day Screening

                Gordon Center


                February 22 and 23, 2014

Company E

NEXT Series and The Jungle Book

Gordon Center


                February 28, 2014

Maryland Dance Alliance

Gordon Center


                March 2, 2014

Dance Baltimore

Global Expressions

Gordon Center


For more information visit www.jcc.org/gordon-center/dance-performances

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