Irish music, dancing on tap Saturday

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February 24, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOOKING FORWARD to St. Patrick's Day? "Dancin' to Dublin," a celebration of Irish dance and music, will give you a preview of the holiday's festivities.

Dancers from the Broesler School of Dance will take the stage Saturday at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts to perform a series of Irish step dances. Step dances, which originated in Ireland in the late 18th century, emphasize set movements and foot percussion. The footwork and movements tell a story, such as a courtship or annual celebration.

The Broesler School was founded in New York and began offering classes in Maryland in 1988. Its students have won national and global competitions in Irish dance, including the World Irish Dancing Championship in Dublin.

The celebration also will feature a performance from Irish musician Maggie Sansone.

Sansone's music includes a mix of old and new instruments. She is a performer and teacher of the hammered dulcimer. She has recorded nine albums and written seven books. She also has her own record label, Maggie's Records.

The Dulcimer Player News described her as a "tremendously accomplished musician." Sansone has been named Best Irish and Celtic Instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association, and has won an "Annie" award from the Anne Arundel County Cultural Arts Foundation. She has also been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and has performed at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

Tickets are $12 for Chesapeake Center members, $18 for nonmembers and $14 for students. The show will being at 8 p.m. Chesapeake Center is at 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.

Reservations: 410-636-6597. All proceeds will benefit Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts.

Dating safety workshop

Brooklyn Park Middle School, 200 Hammonds Lane, will sponsor a dating safety workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 6 and 7.

Information on identifying and avoiding dating violence and on ending an unhealthy relationship will be presented. Tae kwon do instructor David Franz will demonstrate basic safety moves.

Registration: 410-636-8276.

The Brooklyn Park Middle School Parent Information Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. Parents of next year's seventh- and eighth-graders can learn about the course selection process that their children will be using.

Information: 410-636-8276.

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