Cockeysville dance center puts its skills on display at Philadelphia convention

The Moving Company Dance Center in Cockeysville took the show on the road when its performing ensembles, Rhythm Nation, Starpower and Dynamic Motion, attended the Artists Simply Human (ASH) convention in Philadelphia last weekend. The dance convention brings together top choreographers and faculty for three days of workshops culminating in a Performance Showcase. The advanced jazz and tap ensemble, Rhythm Nation, under the direction of Anne-Marie Bauermann and Shannon Shelter and featuring, Catherine Bauermann, Mary Beth Bauermann, Hallie Buese, Sophie Christoff, Lindsey Holt, Kelly Holt, Mollee Neblett, Peyton Shelter, Sierra Shelter, Alexandra Strouse and Julia Strouse won a Studio Selection Award in the Performance Showcase and now has the opportunity to perform at the national ASH Performance Showcase in Orlando this summer. Three of the dancers also won individual honors, Catherine Bauermann, Charlotte Bauermann and Peyton Shelter, who were all awarded ASH Summer scholarships to the National Conference and the Summer Intensive in NYC.

The Starpower group consists of Dara Alperstein, Alyssa Alvarez, Charlotte Bauermann, Annie Burch, Sophie Gandsas, Helen Hartney, Libby Tunison, Maya Vitberg, Elliet Walton and Amelia Watts. Raegan Fisher, Savannah Friday, Sierrah Friday, Calla Grimes, Rachel Hackam and Gnama Hartney make up the Dynamic Motion ensemble. The ensembles perform locally and had recent appearances at the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees, the Brightwood Retirement Community and at the Cockeysville Library. Congratulations to all the dancers!

Music is an important part of the worship and community at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cockeysville, with a wide variety of offerings for the parish and community. From cantors and instrumentalists during the liturgy to the parish choir and contemporary music ensemble, with children’s and adult choirs signing in both English and Spanish, music is always in the air at St Joe’s. Under the direction Dr. Lynn Trapp, an internationally known concert organist, pianist, conductor and composer, as well as professor of music theory at Towson University, the offerings continue to grow with the assistance of Holly Foster, associate director of music, and David Marshall, vocal instructor.

The parish also features Schola Cantorum, a small group of highly skilled select singers from grades 6 through 8 who sing at Saturday Mass, and Quorus, a professional young men’s vocal ensemble-in-residence at St Joseph’s since 2014. Their most recent concert was on Gaudete Sunday in December and featured Advent and Christmas music.

The St Joseph’s Music Ministry have some special concerts coming up in February. First is a Soprano Duo concert featuring Towson University voice students Erica Ferguson and Melodia Rinaldi and accompanied by Esther Lee on the piano and Kevin Callahan on the organ. They will be performing sacred art songs and music from sacred oratorios at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4. Then on Sunday, Feb. 11, the Flowers in Winter concert will be held with Heidi Dewally performing works for English horn and oboe. Dr. Trapp will accompany the English horn and perform concert organ works, while pianist Kristina Tanner will accompany the oboe. For more information, please go to www.sjpmd.org.

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