260 dancers to have spring recital at N. Carroll High School

NEIGHBORS

May 25, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

All 260 dancers in the North Carroll Recreation Council will join for their Spring Recital on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. and June 11, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the North Carroll High School, 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road.

Props, scenery and special effects will surround the lively groups of dancers in full costume. In a 90-minute show, they'll present several styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and a vocal musical production in which the performers sing as they dance.

The recital culminates the past nine months of dance instruction for ages 3 through adult. It's a popular program that has enrolled dancers for many years.

Michelle Stricklin heads it, with 10 teachers who teach, two per class, in mornings, after school, evenings and Saturdays. Classes take place upstairs at the Manchester Fire Hall.

Summers include six weeks for those who can't let the dancing shoes rest.

"The rec council has allowed me to run the dance program like a private studio, including a small performing company that entertains around the county, and master classes with visiting teachers," said Ms. Stricklin.

"We do everything like a private studio, but through the rec council at reduced cost, as a community service."

She currently counts about 50 pre-ballet 3- and 4-year-olds, about 20 5-year-olds, 65 6- and 7-year-olds, 87 8- to 12-year-olds, and 39 adults, including three men.

The show opens with a welcome by the pre-ballet students under the musical themes "That's Entertainment" and "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing."

There will be a Beatles feature and an elegant ballroom scene with chandeliers and palace windows. The finale, in which all the dancers take the stage, is to a Fred Astaire musical medley, appropriately danced in the ballroom.

"We have music to fit all ages," said Ms. Stricklin. "Children's music, hip hop, Top 40, '30s and '40s, and with the Beatles, of course, you're into the '60s. It's a variety to suit everybody's tastes."

Tickets can be purchased at the door, which opens a half-hour before the show. Ticket prices are adults $3, children $2, and children under age 6 free.

Information: Michelle Stricklin, 239-1943.

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Are you a sculptor? A painter? An artist of pen or pencil? There's an exciting opportunity to exhibit your artwork in Manchester during the weekend of June 4-5, which coincides with Manchester Day on June 4.

"We're trying to [feature] artists of the North Carroll area," said Phyllis Gettier, who is organizing the show. It will be held inside the Manchester Town Office on York Street, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

You can join the 10 artists who are participating. Any fine art, from woodcarving and sculpture through oil painting, or drawing with pencil, pastel, pen and ink, and photography is acceptable.

There is no fee to enter the show. A 10 percent commission on sold works will be donated to the Manchester Historical Center.

"We have amateurs, professionals and everything in between," said Mrs. Gettier of the artists in the show. "I didn't want to make it the kind of show that would scare people who are just trying art. I applaud that. They ought to be proud.

"I haven't been limiting the number of works," she said. Plans are to exhibit a half-dozen works per artist. "I'll be hanging them on Friday and I may have to weed out," she said. "But I'm not the kind of person who makes judgments. Everyone's taste in art is extremely different."

A good crowd is expected. Housed in the Town Office, above the Historical Center which will be open during the same hours, the art show is on the well-traveled York Street usually taken to the Manchester Carnival Grounds and the bulk of Manchester Day activities.

"[People] can stop in and cool off, and might be surprised that some of their neighbors are artists," said Mrs. Gettier.

Phyllis Gettier is a charter member of the Carroll County Arts Council, which formed in the late 1960s. She received her bachelor of fine arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art; was an art teacher in Carroll County and Baltimore County schools, for the Carroll County recreation council and the YMCA; and has taught privately.

You'll find her artwork in the crafts buildings at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Lately, she said, "I'm doing pastel portraits of children and pen and ink sketches of homes."

Information: Phyllis Gettier, 374-4404.

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What kinds of hobbies do second-graders have? Come discover a wonderful diversity of interests at the annual Second Grade Hobby Show at Spring Garden Elementary School, on Boxwood Drive, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Every second-grade student gets to show one hobby. Previously, everything from live rabbits to world coins, from seashells to Lego constructions, even a collection of at least 300 insects, were shown.

The young hobbyists are usually present to discuss their interests. These 8- and 9-year-olds might surprise you with their level of expertise.

Information, Spring Garden Elementary, 374-9202.

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