Young dancers serving up 'A Class Act' June 26-27 NORTH -- Manchester * hampstead * Lineboro


June 16, 1993|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Kelly Cochran has a nifty way of combining popular tunes, dancing and acrobatics.

At Rhythm in Shoes, her Hampstead studio, she teaches 350 children ages 3 through 18 the fine points of ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics.

To put her students in stage lights, she composes a show every year. She takes the oft-heard tune, gives it a twist, and the show is born.

This year's show, "A Class Act," will be performed at Westminster High School at 7 p.m. June 26 and at 2 p.m. June 27. The two-hour concert will benefit the Johns Hopkins University Children's Center. Tickets are $5.

In "A Class Act," children tap, tumble and whirl through life at school.

The fire drill is danced to "Great Balls of Fire." An acrobatic skit to "Aladdin" is a history lesson. Recess brings out hopscotch -- an acrobatic routine performed to "Girls Just Want to Have Fun." That fateful day -- when report cards are given -- is danced to "Achy Breaky Heart."

Acrobatics is "more freestyle" than gymnastics, says Ms. Cochran. "It's similar to gymnastic floor exercises, but acrobatics uses chairs, boxes . . . it uses the same tumbling skills and less regulations."

Last year, she said, her acrobats dressed like painters to do a routine with huge paint rollers.

This year, six boys will simulate a classroom auto shop. The boys

are 3 to 5 years old. To the tune "Road Runner," the pint-size mechanics will be "tumbling over wedges; it's very entertaining," said Ms. Cochran.

For Ms. Cochran, dance and acrobatics is something "I've been doing since age 3 and [have] taken from many, many instructors." In her career she has placed first at national competitions for tap and acrobatics, a legacy she's passing to her older dancers. She has taught in Hampstead for eight years.

Her dance company for junior and senior level students, she said, took first place for tap and jazz at Dance Fest '93 recently at King's Dominion. Dance troupes from Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and North Carolina competed. The Hampstead troupe has now set its sights on New York City for workshops and competition, and the students are busy trying to raise funds.

For more information, call Rhythm in Shoes, 374-1313.


Last winter, 106 fourth-graders at Spring Garden Elementary School in Hampstead sketched and sewed during Jan Van Bibber's art class, together with master quilt makers who soon became surrogate grandmothers.

Their pictures and stitches became a unique quilt of Maryland symbols.

Maryland has lots of symbols. There's the striped bass, the Constellation sewn with French-knot portholes, horses racing at Pimlico, black-eyed Susans and the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Stepping around the border are the students' initials and the paw prints that are symbols of the school.

This unique quilt is now being raffled. Tickets, $1 each, will be sold until September. The winner will be drawn at the school's first PTA meeting.

Information: 374-9202.


A rose is forever beautiful. Even when it's second-hand, it seems.

The annual "Second Hand Rose" fashion show and sumptuous luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the North Carroll Senior Center in Greenmount.

All fashions are courtesy of the Community Clothing Store, a project of the North East Social Action Program. They're second-hand.

The fashions go on parade annually at the senior center, usually infused with surprise scenarios -- such as the all-male wedding of one previous year.

Lynnette Brewer, supervisor of community services for the Carroll County Bureau of Aging, will be mistress of ceremonies this year. She has the pleasant task of describing the unique aspects of the outerwear, bathing wear and things in between. Thirteen models will display dressy, casual and sporty clothing, plus bathing and lingerie items.

Dolly Markle will accompany the show on the organ. The North Carroll Retirees String Band also will play.

Clara Hagan, site manager for nutrition, will prepare a baked chicken and potato luncheon with buttered asparagus, salad, dessert and more. Donations for lunch are up to $2.60. Tickets to the fashion show are $2.

Information: 239-6400.


If you're looking for a pleasant outing, drive out to the sixth annual Nature and Wildlife Art Festival at Indian Steps Museum in Airville, Pa. It takes place Sunday on a shaded slope between the museum and the Susquehanna River.

The show attracts top-notch painters, printmakers, photographers and woodcarvers, who display work with a theme of nature and wildlife. At last year's show, the duck stamp illustrators and a whittler of unique knot-hole figurines caught my eye.

The museum is a heavy stone mansion embedded with thousands of arrowheads and artifacts that were collected on the site in the 1930s. Inside is a simulated "kiva," a cave-style council chamber with a 2 ton oval stone table. Native Americans gave the museum many exhibits and return en masse for a festival every September. A professional display of the development and decline of Native Americans along the Susquehanna River is upstairs, prepared by the Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission.

Best of all, the museum is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers who easily share its treasures. The museum society president is Douglas Martin, a professor of Native American studies at Towson State University.

Directions: from Interstate 83 north, take exit 6E to Route 74 East through Red Lion, Pa., to Airville. Turn left on Route 425 (follow the signs for Otter Creek Campground) and go five miles to the river. Turn right on Indian Steps Drive to parking.

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