Autumn 2016 Dance Studio Construction Summary

As mentioned previously, things are afoot (ahem) in Baltimore dance space development.

Over the summer, Dance Solutions opened in Arbutus.

Baltimore City is working on Future Fitness and Wellness Centers.

Opening this fall (move in November), City Arts 2 is a $16 million 60-unit artists housing complex that features an on-site dance studio in the Station North arts district.

Not to be left out, Kevin Plank has put $5 million into the Living Classrooms Youth Development Center.

While it’s impossible to isolate the dollars committed to dance in these projects, multiple real estate projects in Baltimore this year include dance. This is good news for dancers throughout the city – developers recognize the lack of dance space and are actually doing something about it. There is still much, much more to do.

Know something I missed? Please let me know….


Of course I missed something…. tucked away in R.House, we find The Movement Lab. This one is unique – R.House is a food incubator – 50,000 square feet and 10 chefs in Remington (a bit northwest of Station North Arts District). Details on classes and offerings require registration, but opening in October.

200 dancers turn up, show moves for ‘Hairspray Live’ auditions

The Baltimore Sun

“A line of around 200 colorful “Hairspray” hopefuls wrapped around the Hippodrome Theatre on Thursday morning, each waiting for a chance to be a part of a live televised production of the Broadway musical based on the 1988 John Waters film.

NBC was hosting auditions for “Hairspray Live,” offering one Baltimore-area resident a trip to Los Angeles and a dancing role in the show about a chubby Baltimore girl with hep moves — and a TV dance show in need of desegregation. Baltimore is the only city where the auditions will be held, according to an NBC spokeswoman, which gives local talent the opportunity to be a part of a production that is closely identified with the city.

The broadcast will air Dec. 7, with a cast including Jennifer Hudson, Harvey Fierstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Sean Hayes, Rosie O’Donnell, Ariana Grande and Andrea Martin.

Would-be stars were queuing up for the auditions by 6 a.m…” (Brittany Britto).

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POET Companies: Online Audition Profile

logoPOET Companies is an online organization composed of different branches, such as Theatricals Marine, which allows you to create a free online profile with your resume, headshot, and demo video. A variety of entertainment producers often sift through this website when looking to cast performers such as dancers, singers, actors, acrobats, and speciality acts.

POET Theatricals Marine is the cruise industry live entertainment production subsidiary of The POET Companies. Our team focuses on the design, development, implementation and maintenance of cutting edge spectacular live entertainment concepts aboard cruise ships. Since our first charter production in 2005, POET Theatricals Marine show productions have entertained over 6,000,000 cruise ship guests in over 5000 live performances at sea. Our cruise ship production experience includes charter cruise headline entertainment via customization of one of our land based productions as well as full cruise ship production show conceptualization, technical and artistic design, construction, show installation and ongoing show maintenance.

For more information please visit their website @

Congratulations Noelle Tolbert

Noelle Tolbert is the new Dance Department Chair for Chesapeake Arts Center – Congratulations!

Previously noted, Chesapeake Arts Center is hiring dance instructors.

Classes start in September, so if you’re on the south side of Baltimore, there’s a new place to move. With the class schedule, Chesapeake Arts Center gets a new slot here in the Learn Something list.

Announcement follows:

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MSAC Touring Artists Roster

A deadline approaches, so I want to give everyone some clues about this opportunity. The Maryland State Arts Council Touring Artists Roster is an application-based list of Maryland-based artists, selected by their peers and clients.

Important: New applications are due September 16, 2016 (If you’re already on the roster, you probably already know, but renewal applications are due earlier – September 2, 2016).

This is good company. If you make it through the application process (details available at the link above), you join a very fine group of dance producers:

Ballet Theatre of Maryland
The Barnstormers and RockCandy Cloggers
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists
Devi Dance Company
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
Naoko Maeshiba
Sankofa Dance Theater
Silk Road Dance Company
SOLE Defined
Word Dance Theater

(one tip – at the MSAC website, don’t filter for “dance” or you’ll miss some…)

So, if you have a performance dance organization, and some track record of performing (they will want to talk to people you’ve worked with….), take a few minutes to review the MSAC Touring Artists Roster criteria and application process. It could get you some meaningful work.

The Calendars Go Live

In the Dancer’s Studio is now live with two calendars – one for regional performance and one for regional training opportunities.

After some debate, but for the sake of sanity, we’re excluding regularly-scheduled classes from the training (“professional development”) calendar (the one displayed on the side). Regularly scheduled classes get their own (bigger, full-screen) calendar (a third, not-yet-live calendar).

If you have a dance company with a performance schedule to share, or you host master classes or other irregularly-scheduled dance training events, please let us know

If you have a school/studio with a regular class that is not closed (i.e., drop-ins are allowed), please let us know so we can get the class calendar populated and live.

If you’re interested in curating a calendar, DEFINITELY let us know