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Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Dancers of a certain age sometimes lose their tiaras

For nearly a decade, neither snow nor sleet — not to mention having to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning — could keep us from our appointment with modern dance classes at the Howard County Center for the Arts.

With an average age teetering on the edge of 55, the core group of 10 to 12 regulars referred to ourselves as the “goddesses,” and we ruled — at least among other similarly seasoned generations of terpsichores.

From time to time, one of the younger ballerinas from Kathi Ferguson’s 9 a.m. dance class would check in. Few stayed for the entire session, but those who did were treated to a string of master...