A Surge of dance activity Dance: Surge Dance Company members are offering classes in various kinds of dance, theater and singing.

September 21, 1998|By Judith Green | Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Members of Surge Dance Company began offering instruction last spring at Harbor Arts Center in Federal Hill and will expand its program this season.

Classes for children and adults at all levels of experience are now being offered in swing, ballroom, jazz, ballet and modern dance, as well as theater and singing, Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 15. The teachers are Ruth Skrzesz, a singer and actress, and dancer Stephanie Thibeault.

Harbor Arts Center is in Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Fort Avenue and South Charles Street. Call: 410-837-4055.

Auditions and classes

Dancers take note:

Baltimore County Youth Ballet offers boys and girls with ballet training, ages 7 to 18, the chance to try out for its annual "Nutcracker Suite," to be held Dec. 18-20 at the Sudbrook Arts Center, an arts magnet school in Baltimore County. Auditions are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the school, 4300 Bedford Road. There is a $10 audition fee. Rehearsals take place weekends throughout the fall. Call: 410-887-1244.

Dance Theater of Harlem will offer master classes and lecture-demonstrations to area dance students while it performs the Kennedy Center in Washington. There are 150 places for dancers ages 7 to 15 in its classes, which will be held Oct. 10-11 under the supervision of artistic director Arthur Mitchell. Application deadline is Friday. Call: 202-416-8839.

A century of great works

Here's advance notice for Goucher's plans to celebrate the turn of a century that has seen its share of immortal dance.

The college plans a "Goodbye to the 20th Century" concert in the fall of 1999 with works by celebrated choreographers of ballet and modern dance. Laura Gurdus Dolid of the dance faculty says the college already has acquired the rights to "A Choreographic Offering" (1965) by Jose Limon and will revive George Balanchine's "Serenade" (1934), which its dancers learned last season.

Other works under consideration are Paul Taylor's "Esplanade" (1975) and Balanchine's "Concerto Barocco" (1940). The college has been given permission for "Ivesiana" (1954) by the Balanchine Trust, which controls the rights to the late choreographer's works, but this piece calls for more men than are usually available.

Watch this space for details.

Dance festival in works

Stephanie Powell Dance Ensemble, a company whose members come from Morton Street Dance Center and Baltimore School for the Arts, plans to organize a Baltimore Dance Festival in June.

Neither date nor venue has been announced, but negotiations are in the final stages for both, says Powell, who is co-director of Morton Street and a teacher at BSA.

Pub Date: 9/21/98

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