Dance for All…

Welcome to the Baltimore School of Dance

It is our mission to nurture and train the finest, strongest, intelligent dance artists who are so full of the joy and love of dance they cannot contain it. We strive to create a family of disciplined, positive, supportive dancers, teachers, parents and friends who are not only committed but driven to learn, grow and exceed their wildest dance dreams, whatever they may be, while having an absolute blast along the way. Whether you are an adult absolute beginner or are interested in a dance career, we encourage you to come with us on an exciting journey.
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We WILL be open for classes today February 26, 2015.

We WILL be open for classes today February 26, 2015.  All classes will run on time.

We will be closed Saturday February 21, 2015.

As most forecasts have snow predicted to start between 7 and 10 am with very low temps rendering road treatments ineffective, city schools have cancelled all activities so we will be closed as well. Stay safe and warm.

We ARE open tonight Friday February 20, 2015

Come get warm in int/adv ballet at 5:00 and Jazz at 6:15!

We are closed Tuesday February 17.

City school are closed and so are we.

We will be closed tonight, Monday February 16.

Due to the weather concerns and students away for the long weekend, classes this evening are cancelled.

Make sure you check here before you leave for class.

Make sure you check here before you leave for class. So far classes are on, as Baltimore City has not cancelled after school activities. If conditions change, we will post here.

We are closed Monday January 26, 2015.

We are closed Monday January 26, 2015. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

We are open today, Saturday 1-24-2015

We will be open today and running on schedule unless conditions change dramatically.

We are closed Wednesday January 21

Baltimore City Schools have cancelled after school activities so we are closed as well. Please stay safe.

David Miller’s class cancelled tonight

David Miller’s ballet class cancelled tonight due to illness. See you next week.

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14th Annual Holiday Diversion Saturday December 13, 2014

Take a break from the hectic holiday season and let us entertain you at our 14th Annual Holiday Diversion this Saturday December 13, 2014 at 5:00pm.  This child-friendly performance includes excerpts from the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker as well as Christmas, Chanukah, and other seasonal pieces.  You can purchase tickets from the “Tickets” tab in the menu at the top of our website or in person on the day of the show at the Park School of Baltimore on Old Court Road.  Please click below for more information.  Hope to see you there!

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We Are Closed. Happy Thanksgiving and Many Blessings

We are closed through November 30.  We are so thankful for your business and for the pleasure of working with so many talented and wonderful students and their families.  We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving and many blessings.

Reminder: We are CLOSED this weekend for the State Dance Festival.

Just a reminder that we are closed Friday-Sunday, October 31-November 2 while we attend the state dance festival.  Our student company, Impetus Dance Company, will be performing on Sunday in the student showcase so make sure you get your tickets!  Please go to http://www.MarylandDance.org for more information on the festival, classes and performances.

Congrats to all the new student company members!

Last night we held auditions for our student company and everyone did a fantastic job.  Congratulations to all of our new members!  I am so excited to work with such a committed, talented group of dancers.  This is going to be a great year.  If you couldn’t make the audition but are interested in joining the company, please contact Ms. Amy at amy@baltimoreschoolofdance.com.

Student Company Auditions are this Monday September 8th at 7:15pm, ages 8 through adult.

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Honfest 2014

Student Company Auditions are this Monday September 8th at 7:15pm.  Student Company is an excellent way to improve performance skills, as well as learn how to work as a team, the importance and rewards of hard work and and discipline in a fun, supportive environment.  It is not a technique class, it is run like a professional dance company rehearsal.  It does require more dedication, as students are required to take both ballet and modern or jazz classes at a level appropriate for their age.  Past performances have included the MD State Dance Festival, Artscape, Honfest, Mayor’s Christmas Parade, Baltimore Country Club Annual Holiday Fashion Show, school lecture demonstrations, church services and nursing homes.  Our student company has also been asked to do photo shoots for magazines and music videos.  This year members will also have the option to compete in both group and solo pieces.  Students ages 8 through adult are eligible.  For more info, please contact the studio.  We are looking forward to an EXCITING year!

We are closed Labor Day

We will be closed Monday September 1st, 2014 in honor of Labor Day.

2014-2015 Schedule and Registration online now!

The 2014-2015 Schedule and Registration are online now!  We have tons of great new classes and are looking forward to an exciting year.  Stay tuned!

How has a dance teacher affected your life?

The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO wants to know how a dance teacher has affected your life.  For me, the dance studio became a second home, a place I could escape the stressors of life.  My dance teacher was kind but firm.  She was both feminine and a strong female role model.  She taught me discipline, hard work, determination, grace, confidence and more.  I was painfully shy and had a poor self view.  My dance teacher saw something in me and nurtured it.  It changed my life.  Thank you, JoEllen!

NDEO is currently working to gather testimonial data on the importance of dance teachers and the impact they have on their students. Behind every successful student is a dance teacher who helped make that success possible! Whether you became a professional dancer, a dance teacher, or successful in any other career, NDEO wants to hear what you have to say about the teachers! – Some questions to answer about your own teachers,

– Did you have a dance teacher that impacted your life significantly?

– Do you have any quotes or stories about how and why your dance teacher had such a significant impact?

– If you have not entered into the dance profession – what did you learn from your dance teacher about work ethic, character, professionalism or any other topics that are relevant to your current career path? (For example – Steve Jobs was quoted about how he applied lessons in movement and perception learned in dance class to designing games at Atari.

) – Why do you think dance teachers are important?

You can send your responses to Elizabeth Miles at emiles@ndeo.org  or you can do so in the comment section below.  Let’s let the wonderful dance teachers out know how important they are.  Trust me, it makes all the hard stuff worth it when we see our students go on to be successful not just in dance, but in life.

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Combat depression and stress with dance.

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Last time we talked about the benefits of dance in “Why you/your child should dance.”  Some of those benefits are the reduction of depression and the relief of stress.  Depression affects about 121 million people worldwide.  It results in the largest drop in productivity and is among the leading causes of disability.  One study in Germany compared the change in depression levels and increase in productivity in  three groups.  One group participated in dance, one group listened to the dance music only, and one group used a stationary bike.  All three groups improved but the dance group seems to have benefited the most.  To read the full study results, click here.  Prevention Magazine recently published an article about studies that have shown that Tango music and dancing have had higher positive results in reducing anxiety, depression and stress than meditation (not that meditation is not effective, it is a great addition to achieve a happier, healthier life.)   To read that article click here.  Personally, when I am stressed, irritable, depressed, sick or have to clean, I put on some of my favorite high energy music and get my dance on.  And no, even though I am a dancer, it is not always pretty, lol!  But it doesn’t matter, it just feels good.  So, even if the last thing you want to do is exert any effort, just put on your ear buds and blast your favorite dance tunes and I promise you will feel, at the very least, a tiny bit better.

What are your favorite tunes to listen to when you are down?  Let us know in the comment section below.

 

New Classes

bsd 2013 038Winter blues got you down?  Research shows dance can combat stress and depression.  Check out the new classes we have just added:

Jumps and Turns:  6:00pm Wednesdays  

Learn the secrets to clean, multiple turns, higher jumps and bigger leaps. This class is great for the student of any style of dance and will focus solely on the most fun and sometimes the most difficult steps in dance, jumps, leaps, turns, etc. We will start with a quick warm-up  and some strengthening exercises specifically for turns and jumps and then go right into turns, progress to jumps and end with the big leaps.  You will be amazed at how fast you will improve

Stretch and Strengthen:  8:15pm Wednesdays

Whether you are a serious dancer or have never taken a dance class in your life, this class will help you improve your overall flexibility and strength.  Using the latest techniques such as neural and fascial release, body rolling, isometrics and more you will experience more mobility in tight muscles, relief from chronic pain, more stable joints, increased strength, energy and general well-being.  We will also teach you the secrets to higher extensions and over-splits SAFELY.  You can always schedule a trial class before you commit, so what do have to lose but that aching back or neck?

Adult/Teen Jazz: 7:15 Mondays

Let your inner Flash Dancer out!  We will study various jazz techniques from Broadway to Jazz Funk and Street Jazz to Latin Jazz and more.  Working on technique, personal style and sass, you will have a blast while blasting fat and stress.

Register now at www.baltimoreschoolofdance.com so you don’t miss out.

We still have openings in our ABC’s of Dance Parent-ChildSaturdays at 9:30, ABC’s of Dance Wednesdays at 1:15 and Fridays at 4:30, ABC’s of Pre-ballet/Jazz/Tap Saturdays at 11:30, as well as our Youth and Adult/Teen classes.  It is not too late to start.  Check out our schedule by clicking on “Classes.”

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Amy Hornberger, owner/director
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