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A festive season of color and movement

A festive season of color and movement

Dust off the tuxedos, pull out the pearls and get ready to celebrate a new dance season with anniversaries, reunions, holiday performances and a masked ball here in Howard County.

Around this time of year, Kathi Ferguson puts on a seasonal dance show for children and their parents. In the past we have watched dancing ghosts and goblins and a wicked witch who jumped high on her broom. This season, the director of the Howard County Ballet has planned a "Masquerade Ball," complete with waltzes set to Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, and a vampire scene a la "Phantom of the Opera."

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