The fall dance session offered by the White Marsh Rec. Dance Program typically runs from mid September to early May, and ends with a recital, which showcases all of the students’ dance talents and is typically story-based (example: the recital theme for the 2007-2008 session was The Wizard of Oz, and both dancing and acting were used to tell the story). Additionally, the fall dance session offers students the opportunity to participate in ballet, tap, jazz, and/or pointe (toe); however, please note that certain age requirements must be met to participate in each form of dance (see the "Policies" tab of this website for additional information). Finally, because parents are not permitted in the dance room during class, family and friends are usually given the opportunity to observe their child’s dance class sometime during the year.
Registration for the White Marsh Rec. Dance's fall dance session is typically held in late August, and returning students are given the opportunity to enroll before new students (NOTE: class meeting days and times are not announced ahead of time). Please check the "News and Events" page for more specific information and registration updates. Participants attend one evening class per week (no weekend or daytime classes are offered), with the length of the class depending on the student's age, experience, and the classes being taken (see examples below).
Example 1: All students, with the exception of those placed in the intermediate or advanced class (see below), participate in 30 minute classes. Therefore, a dancer who has enrolled in ballet, tap, and jazz will attend a 90 minute class (30 minutes for each type of dance).
Example 2: Students placed in the intermediate or advanced class participate in 40 minute classes. Therefore, an intermediate or advanced dancer who has enrolled in ballet and tap will attend an 80 minute class (40 minutes per form of dance). Please note that the intermediate and advanced classes are for our oldest and most experienced dancers (usually high school students and above).
**IMPORTANT** As the recital approaches, the dance schedule can get a bit more hectic. During the last few months of the fall session, class schedules change, as we no longer hold regular classes, but instead have whole group rehearsals. These whole group rehearsals, are used to help both teachers and students prepare for the recital... they typically begin in March, and are typically help on Monday and Thursday nights. Additionally, during the week of the recital, students are typically required to attend one stage rehearsal and one dress rehearsal, and these rehearsals are all held at Perry Hall High School.