Local dancers perform in national championship


August 16, 1994|By NATALIE HARVEY

Columbia's "Sweethearts," Julie and Mara Finglass, performed at the "I Love Dance" National Championship and International Invitational Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month.

Julie and Mara were two of the 54 dancers selected as "Sweethearts" from a national talent pool of 70,000 participants from the United States and Canada.

The young ladies attended master classes in Orlando as preparation for their performances at Walt Disney's Pleasure Island Entertainment Complex and at Universal Studios. Their finale performance was a floor show featuring the music the 1960s pop group, the Mamas and the Papas.

"I Love Dance" gives the young men and women performers of tap, jazz, variety arts, and song and dance an opportunity to have their talent showcased and evaluated by celebrity dance judges.

Julie, a senior, and Mara, a freshman, attend Hammond High School in Kings Contrivance. They have been dancing for eight years, beginning with Columbia School for Theatrical Arts, then La Maison de la Danse, Laurel and presently at Backstage, Columbia.

Their parents are Jean and Ron Finglass.


Dori Brain is another success story.

Her interest is volleyball. She is spending the month of August training with volleyball "greats" in San Clemente, Calif., sponsored by Olympic Coach Ian Gregory.

Dori, a senior at Oakland Mills High School, has shown great potential since her freshman year. She suffered an injury during a game, but has overcome the setback and developed into a top-notch player as a setter to run the offense and "read" the opposition.

When not practicing on the court, Dori has been a counselor at a Howard County police camp. Mom Carol is her head cheerleader.


Have you admired your summer flowers and want to "keep them forever?" Diana Marta can teach you the technique of flower preservation translated to a watercolor painting at Chaselle Learning Depot, 9645 Gerwig Lane.

Tomorrow, and Thursday, beginning at 9:30 a.m., Ms. Marta will teach composition, brush strokes, color mixing and shading to re-create your favorite blossoms.

Cost of classes is $45 per day or $85 both days.

Howard County Arts Center members' cost is $40 and $76. Registration and information: (410) 381-0828.


There is still time for children to enjoy "Code J.E.S.U.S." at Alberta Gary United Methodist Church in the Kings Contrivance every Wednesday this month. Information: (301) 725-6307.


Next Tuesday, Gigi Lepski will teach teens and adults at Chaselle Learning Depot's "Air Brush Basics" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Students will learn the art of creating shapes and blending colors. Materials are included in the $25 registration fee.

Information: (410) 381-0828.


The Peabody Children's Chorus is holding auditions by appointment Aug. 25 at its Columbia School, Route 108 and TC Mellenbrook Road.

Four levels of vocal ensembles for youths 6 to 18 years old, who will receive age-appropriate vocal training, work on music-reading skills, study art and folk music.

Information: 410-659-8125.


"Exploring God's Earth" is part of Adventure Week at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at Route 108 and Old Montgomery Road.

The program, designed for children from pre-school age to eighth grade, will be held next week, August 22 to 26, at 11:30 a.m. each morning.

Each child is asked to pay a $5 registration fee. Information: 799-8888.


There are openings in several East Columbia co-op nursery schools:

Children & Company, 9650 Basket Ring Road., Oakland Mills village, 290-9096; Childrens' Time Preschool, Kings Contrivance village, 740-4881; Dasher Green Co-Op Nursery School, Owen Brown Community Center, 381-6594; Oakland Mills Nursery School, Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center, 313-8239 and Stevens Forest Co-Op Nursery School, Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center.

Howard County Jewish Community School, kindergarten through high school, is accepting registrations, 730-9355. It is affiliated with Columbia Jewish Congregation but students of unaffiliated families are welcome.

Pre-school and kindergarten applications are welcome at Lubavitch Center of Howard County, 740-2424; Beth Shalom Congregation, which offers a conservative education at its Consolidated Hebrew School, accepts registration from kindergarten through grade seven.

Information: 997-0166.

"Young Care" a private elementary school is accepting registration in age groups from infants through kindergarten at 9008 Red Branch Road, (410) 740-7476.

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