State Dance Festival

March 05, 1998|By Judith Green

A whole lotta dancing goes on this weekend at the 25th annual State Dance Festival, sponsored by the Maryland Council for Dance, at Roland Park Country School.

The marathon event for dancers of all ages and degrees of experience includes 52 master classes in jazz, ballet, modern dance, tap, theater dance, African dance, ballroom dance, stretch, pointe work, improvisation and character dance (folk dance). The festival also will include workshops on nutrition and prevention of dance injuries, led by physical therapist Bonnie Schulman.

Guest artists will be Daniel Catanach and Alexander Eriksson from Steps Studio in New York. They will be teaching ballet, jazz and theater dance.

Other faculty members include Branch Morgan III of Eva Anderson Dancers, Columbia; Karen Lynn Smith of Washington College; Rhodie Jorgensen of the Maryland Youth Ballet, Bethesda; Dawn Barnes, Howard Community College; Lynda Fitzgerald, Anne Arundel Community College; Fran Peters, who has a studio in Oxon Hill; and Wally Dashiell, a specialist in European character dance with a studio in Stevensville.

A showcase of Maryland choreography is at 4: 30 p.m. Saturday and a performance by the Maryland Movement Theater, a new Baltimore-area company affiliated with Dance Dynamix studio, at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday. The choreography program includes 18 companies, ranging from the Harford Dance Center in Bel Air to Hammond High School in Columbia and from Patty Neivert of Westminster to the Dee Buchanan Studio in Middletown.

Elisa Clark of the Juilliard School will dance two works by Eric Hampton of the Maryland Youth Ballet, who has Lou Gehrig's disease and to whom the festival is dedicated.

The Maryland State Dance Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave. Late registration is permitted. The fee is $15 for one class. For a full day (four classes), the fee is $30-$40 for students, $40-$50 for teachers. For three days, registration ranges from $75 to $90. (The lower fees are for Maryland Dance Council members. Membership is $10 at the door.) The performances are free and open to the public. Information: 410-778-7237 or 410-643-6648.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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