Dance showcase tomorrow at Glen Burnie High School

NEIGHBORS

January 11, 1995|By BONITA FORMWALT

Glen Burnie Senior High's Winter Showcase of Dance will enjoy a decidedly masculine air at 7 p.m. tomorrow as members of the "Dance for the Athletes" class take to the stage in the school's auditorium, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. The athletes are one troupe in a program with 80 performers.

In recent years Glen Burnie High's dance students have produced wonderful performances. Under the direction of instructor Diane Rosso, it has become the largest school dance program in the state.

To attract more male students, Ms. Rosso added a class last fall targeted specifically to athletes. The class of 12 boys and four girls makes its debut with two numbers guaranteed to be show stoppers: "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay" and "Luck Be A Lady Tonight" from the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls."

A positive audience response will be secondary to the wonderful reaction this class has created within the school, said Ms. Rosso.

"It's become a phenomenon, something I've never come across in the 23 years I've been teaching," says Ms. Rosso proudly. "I didn't know it was possible. People come by every day just to watch."

Football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse players, who initially took the class to enhance their agility, found it to be hard work and fun. Ms. Rosso found it to be a challenge.

"I have to work as hard as they do. They'll try anything," she says. "They're able to go up in the air so much higher than the girls. It opens up all kinds of possibilities."

And, it brings an occasional complaint from her co-workers on the floor below.

"Other teachers will ask, 'What are you doing up there? It sounds like you're coming through the roof!' " she says, laughing.

Admission is $2 per person.

;/ For information, call the school, 761-8950.

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While members of the General Assembly start about the business of legislating for Maryland today, one student page will bring new meaning to Glen Burnie High's mascot, the Gopher.

Shaunda Villiones, a senior at GBHS, has been selected as one of 10 pages from Anne Arundel County to assist legislators with myriad go-fer tasks. Shaunda will spend two weeks of the General Assembly session learning about state government, partly by organizing the bill books or rushing to a delegate's office for important paperwork. When she isn't assisting the delegates, she will have the opportunity to sit in on hearings and watch the legislative process firsthand.

An honor student with a 3.8 grade point average, Shaunda is active in the Student Government Association. She is the vice president of the Glen Burnie's chapter of the National Honor Society, a peer counselor and secretary of the year book staff. As a member of the Glen Burnie Dance Company, she will perform a traditional Philippine dance solo tomorrow night in the Winter Dance Showcase.

With an eye toward a possible career in international relations or business, Shaunda sees the role of a page as a learning experience.

"This was a great opportunity presented to me. It should be interesting," said Shaunda, "and maybe a little bit scary."

Courtney Moore, a social studies teacher at Glen Burnie High and a member of the committee that selected the pages, said he is confident that Shaunda will rise to the challenge.

"She is very bright. Shaunda truly exemplifies what I think of as a scholar," said Ms. Moore. "She is the best representative of the school."

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Joan Valenti, new president of the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association, will chair her first meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the hall of the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave. Members are asked to bring nonperishable food for a local food bank.

The agenda includes a discussion on "Living Wills" by attorney Greg Howard.

Information on the PPSIA scholarship program also will be provided. Each year, the association offers two $1,000 scholarships to students in the community.

Other newly elected officers are: Robert Everhart, vice president; Linda Shanne, secretary; Karen Pappas, financial secretary, and Dee McPheron, treasurer.

Members of the board of governors are Leo Brukiewa, Ann Gilchrist, Norma Herpel, Bud Valenti, James Cary, Doris Heinl, Edward Trott and Mike Williams.

=1 For information, call Mrs. Valenti, 766-4310.

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Continue the holidays spirit of sharing by giving the "gift of life" a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

To prevent delays, donors must schedule an appointment bcalling Barbara Hood, 766-5070.

For medical information on donor requirements call (800) 272-2048.

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Senior citizens will get the chance to discuss the programs offered through the Pascal Senior Center at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the center's auditorium, 125 Dorsey Road.

Staff members and volunteers will provide a tour of the center's facilities.

For information call 222-6680.

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Family activist Pat Boyd will discuss the Tough Love program at a meeting of the Glen Burnie Block Watch of Glen Gardens at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Glen Lutheran's church hall, 106 Carroll Road.

For information call 761-6845.

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Hearts, flowers and Cupid. Area youth can celebrate Valentine's Day at a dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Country Club Estates Recreation hall on Paul Marr Drive. Music will be provided by Tim Konig Entertainment Services.

Admission is $2.50 at the door.

For information, call Sue Martin 761-0317.

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