Student Dance Companies
Dance Connections, Inc. student companies are under the direction of Jennifer Aversa, Stephanie Karl, and Carly Faye and is comprised of students ages 8-18. We are a non-competitive, service based group that offers the benefits and experiences of a dance company without the competition side of dance. In a world where everything is becoming highly competitive, we offer an alternative. DC is where dancers can shine as well as work together, encourage others, grow at their own individual pace, and experience dance as an art form while learning concert style dance. Our compass is excellence, kindess/empathy, service, and joy. In addition to having the amazing opportunity to dance with the Columbia Orchestra for their two Young Artists Concerts, DC companies dance at senior centers, nursing homes, school festivals, carnivals, sporting events, theme parks, and host their own benefit concerts. Our goal is to cultivate the joy and love of dance in both our dancers and our audience members and to make dance accessible to everyone. While we love to dance in a theater, we can also enjoy and share dance in a gymnasium, on a basketball court, on a playground, on a school blacktop, in a nursing home dining room and in a church hall. Dance can be enjoyed anywhere and at anytime. If dancers are doing something that they love to do and also helping others at the same time, it’s a big win!!
Dance Connections, Inc. normally holds one fundraising concert per year (but is holding 3 this year!) and has raised over $35,000 for worthy organizations, mostly in the area, including The Casey Cares Foundation, Called to Care for Orphans, BeMoreCaring, and “Love You More Heart Home” in Beijing, China. This year we are raising funds for Cornerstone Community Housing at our 5/20 and 5/21 concerts and collecting canned/dry goods donations for Catonsville Emergency Assistance at our May 7th concert in Catonsville.
Dancers are also involved throughout the year in other service based projects including holiday donations at Christmas time as well as making lunches and participating in the Chocolate Heart Challenge for the organization People Who Need People.
We believe dance is a beautiful art form that can not only be used to express ourselves, but also can be used for service to our community. Dance can bring joy and happiness to everyone and help make the world a better place.
Where Dance Connections performs:
• Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Concerts, Rouse Theater, Columbia, MD
• Take the Stage at Hershey Park
• Half Time Performance for the Harlem Globetrotters
• Charlestown Village Independent Living and Continuing Care
• Waterloo Elementary School Carnival
• Mount Hebron Nursery School Fair
• Towson University Basketball halftime show
• Baltimore Blast pregame and halftime show
Dance Company auditions are held every year in June. If your dancer is interested in the dance company, please call us at 443-574-8990 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thanks to our guest choreographers, Dani Albertina, Chris Andrews, Amy Flemming, Sarah Frances, Maddie Kurtz, Caitlin McAfee, Christina Monteleone, Kassi Serafini, and Camille Weanquoi for the fantastic dances that they have created for our company members this year. We were so fortunate to have been able to work with you!