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Warren Elementary fifth-graders step out on dance floor [Cockeysville]

Jeffrey Bindon and Maggie Else were among the fifth-graders at Warren Elementary School in Cockeysville who had a chance to learn merengue, swing, tango and cha-cha during a weeklong dance program at the school.
Jeffrey Bindon and Maggie Else were among the fifth-graders at Warren Elementary School in Cockeysville who had a chance to learn merengue, swing, tango and cha-cha during a weeklong dance program at the school. (Photo by Sandy Sturiale)

Shall we dance? That's was the question among the fifth-graders at Warren Elementary School as they recently took part in a week-long ballroom dance program.

Sponsored by the PTA, this fun offering from the Baltimore County Public Schools' dance and physical education office introduced the students to the basic etiquette and technique of ballroom dance.More than 50 students tackled the merengue, swing, tango and cha-cha. The event culminated with a chance to showcase their newfound skills for their parents.

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Kitty Fowler, PTA president at Warren, was thrilled that the PTA was able to bring this special program to the school."After the initial nervousness about who was going to dance with whom, the kids really got into it and enjoyed the program. The performance for parents was the best part ... everyone had so much fun and it showed in their new dance moves."Ballroom dancing got rave reviews from the students as well and all are hoping to continue with the program next year.

We are lucky to have not just one but two award-winning art teachers in our midst here in Cockeysville. The BCPS Education Foundation recently recognized eight visual arts teachers from around the county including honors for two of our own.Julia McTighe from Padonia Elementary was named new elementary art educator and Sam Georgieff of Cockeysville Middle School was honored as the career art educator for middle schools.Both are excellent teachers who are able to bring out the very best in all their students.Congratulations to both Ms.McTighe and Mr.G!

Congratulations also to two of their students, Victoria Mason of Padonia Elementary and Drew O'Donnell from was on display through Jan. 25 as a part of the Maryland Art Education Association Exhibit.All were honored at a Jan. 11 reception. Way to go, Victoria, Drew and Catherine!

If you'd like to take a closer look at some other impressive student art work, Cockeysville Middle also has an extensive exhibit currently on display at the Cockeysville Public Library.Works from more than 60 different student artists from grades six through eight are gracing the walls of the library along with exhibits from St. Paul's School and Pinewood Elementary.Kudos to all the artists!

Spring will be here before we know it and the Cockeysville Recreation Council's Ladies Tennis program is looking for a few good players.The program hosts weekday morning leagues at County Home Park and is specifically looking for ladies between the 2.5 and 3.5 ability level. Please contact Karen Williams at kwill8169@comcast.net for more information.Also, keep in mind that several other CRC programs are accepting registrations right now – baseball, cross country, aerobics and more. Go to http://www.cockeysvillereccouncil.org for all the details.

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