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Community-minded dance group kicks up heels

IMG 5630 JoriKetten copy Dance ExchangeFamilies participate in a Moving Field Guide, an interactive experience led by Dance Exchange artists along with naturalists. COURTESY PHOTO BY JORI KETTEN  When Gene Kelly passed away, a dance critic commented that he made truck drivers feel they could dance.

Dance Exchange has similar goals.

For 40 years – 20 of them in Takoma Park – Dance Exchange has been “democratizing” what is often seen as an “elitist” art form. The nonprofit organization believes “you don’t have to be a dancer to dance, that whoever you are, you can move your body,” said Alison Waldman, marketing and communications manager.

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Fringe festival has enough for everyone to find a niche of pure fun

Only five more days remain in the vast, multifaceted, and overwhelming (in a good sense) Capital Fringe Festival 2017.

Though only in its 12th year, the annual event founded by artist and community organizer Julianne Brienza seems to have been around forever.

Its goal according to the web site, is “expanding audiences’ appetites for independent, Fringe theatre, music, art, dance, and unclassifiable forms of live performance and visual art – and serving as a catalyst for cultural and community development.”

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Nutcracker prequel comes to Rockville

Ballet 1The Nutcracker prequel original ballet "Beoming Sugar Plum" was performed for the first time at Montgomery College by the Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy March 18 through March 20.  PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

ROCKVILLE — The new “spin” didn’t just come from the ballerinas.

A local artistic director has put a new spin on Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”

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Local teen represents Maryland in Miss Teen USA pageant

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taylor dawsonMaryland will be represented in the Miss Teen USA pageant by a Montgomery County native. Taylor Dawson of Germantown attended Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown and St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel. An actress, singer and dancer, Dawson has been performing all her life.

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County honors artistic leaders

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arts and hum photo 2SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County’s best dancers, musicians, actors, writers and artists of all kinds gathered to recognize eight of their best and brightest at the 13th annual County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities on Oct. 20.

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Black Rock Center offers arts for all

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Blac Rock Center For The Arts-Photo by Daryl NelsonBlack Rock Center for the Arts, at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, is a one-stop-shop for performances, art exhibitions and creative expression. Audiences not only get to see a wide variety of shows – they also get direct access to the artist.

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