Best Places To See Ballet In Baltimore

June 4, 2012 6:00 AM

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Among the contemporary dance forms, ballet is by far the most demanding. The dancers must sustain complete control over all aspects of their bodies, with everything coming together in specific movements to express an assortment of emotions. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. With this in mind, the following are the best places to experience ballet in the Baltimore area.
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Baltimore School for the Arts
712 Cathedral St
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(443) 642-5167

Click here for a list of performances.

Made famous by the 2006 film “Step Up,” it is likely that you have already heard about this Baltimore-based art school, known for its intense dance classes. The constant, rigorous training that ballet students endure here better prepares them for the high expectations they will face in the professional world or if they should choose to attend dance colleges. The school’s yearly performance of “The Nutcracker” incorporates students as young as eight years old with industry professionals, and is a can’t-miss event during the holiday season.

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White Marsh Ballet Academy
5022 Campbell Blvd, Suite I
Baltimore, Md. 21236
(410) 931-3844

Click here for information on upcoming performances.

From its inception in 1997, the school that places emphasis on the Russian ballet method has grown, formed its own company and seen its students continue their education at prominent dance colleges such as Julliard School, Washington School of Ballet and the Ballet Theater of Maryland. Directors Sandra Harris and Shari Vasquez Bickel have over 40 years of professional experience between them and strive to incorporate positive experiences with technically-sound training. The company most recently performed “Beauty and the Beast” at Perry Hall High School in early May, and always puts on a yearly production of “The Nutcracker.”

Related: Best Dance Companies In Maryland

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Carroll County Dance Center
6933 Warfield Ave
Sykesville, Md. 21784
(410) 795-3255

Click here for information on upcoming performances.

Established in 1990 to answer the call for a “first rate” dance school in Carroll County, the dance center has since offered a wide range of classes for students at any experience level. Some students enjoy ballet as a form of exercise while others continue their education at a variety of schools including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet School and even the National Ballet of Canada. The classic Russian Vaganova method is taught along with more contemporary styles and, once again, a yearly performance of “The Nutcracker” is held during the holiday season.

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Baltimore Ballet
10534 York Road, Suite 201
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
(410) 667-7974

Click here for information on upcoming performances.

For the past 12 years, this ballet company has brought world-renowned dancers and methods to the Baltimore County school and studio. Although shows often sell out ahead of time, you may have seen them perform for free at the Lyric Opera House during the 2010 Artscape festival, or at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in conjunction with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. These ballet dancers prove that they maintain strong ties with the local community, often performing at many nearby universities, elementary schools and even retirement facilities.

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Howard County Ballet
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
(410) 465-9414

Check the website for updated information on performances.

This non-profit organization was founded in 1997 by Kathi Ferguson, who also currently teaches dance at Goucher College. When awarded residency and a grant from the Howard County Arts Council in 2006, as well as a grant from the Columbia Foundation, the company was then able to put on two major productions each year, the most recent being “The Wizard of Oz.” It also sponsors the Young Choreographers Showcase, which is celebrating its sixth year.

Related: Best Small Theater Companies In Baltimore

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at

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