New ownership at dance operation

July 25, 2011

The Dance Conservatory of Maryland and Harford Ballet Company, of Bel Air, have announced the kick-off of operations under the ownership of Artistic Director Barclay Gibbs.

Harford Ballet Company is a non-profit organization overseen by an advisory Board of Directors who work with the artistic director and the company manager to provide administrative support for the Company.

Gibbs has been the artistic director of Dance Conservatory of Maryland since 2008 and came to the organization from the dance department at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins. Gibbs received her early dance training at the Peabody Preparatory, Towson University, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

She performed professionally with Ballet British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and with Charleston Ballet Theater in South Carolina. Gibbs has performed in works by leading choreographers such as George Balanchine and Paul Taylor and has danced in the Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet. She is a an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance having completed her Advanced Ballet and Solo Seal RAD Examinations. After attending Towson University as a dance major, she taught and choreographed ballet and modern dance at schools throughout the area including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Towson University's Children's Dance Division and Baltimore Ballet.

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