Dancing for the Arts celebrates the ballroom dancing talent of Harford County while raising funds to sustain the Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to establish a center in Harford County, accessible to all, to nurture art, artists and community by providing a broad range of creative and collaborative experiences in music, dance, theater, and the visual, traditional, and literary arts.

The Dancing for the Arts Gala  is black tie optional and includes cocktails, dinner, live and silent auction, and of the course, the ballroom dancing competition!  

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Dancing for the Arts
8th Annual Gala

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Maryland Golf and Country Club
1335 E. MacPhail Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015

Dress Rehearsal:
Friday, November 20th at 6:30pm

Matinee Performance:
Saturday, November 21st at 2:00pm 

2015 Celebrity Dancers

Katie Cole

Barclay Gibbs and R. Anthony Gibbs

Landri Taylor Hardiek

Kathy Heidelmaier

Tony Lisuzzo

David Lockhart

Pamela C. Overbay

Brigitte Peters

Linda Greco Rich and Bob Rich

Suzanne Zantop


Our 2015 Chair is Dr. Mary Teddy Wray, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry.

Carolyn W. Evans, Esquire, Sengstacke & Evans, LLC is the Co-Chair.



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2014 Celebrity Dancers!
Thank you!

Standing left to right,  Jim Brady, Tracy Hart, Karmen Slezak, Mary Ann Bogarty, Shelley Stannard, Nahid Shahry, Olivia Lang, Brady Fritz, Larry Perry & Maxwell Wray.
Missing Reginald Przybylski and Jim Welch
Kneeling left to right,  Natasha Pollock and Tom Rzepnicki , Dance instructors, Dancing With Friends. Photo by Christopher Moore.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2014 gala a huge success!

Two sold-out crowds filled the ballroom at the Maryland Golf & Country Club November 14-15 to watch the 7th annual Dancing for the Arts Gala and first-ever open to the public dress rehearsal. 

A panel of judges rated each dancer and attendees also had the opportunity to vote for their favorites while also sponsoring dancers with donations. 

Outstanding performances were given by all, but top prizes went to Shelley Stannard, owner of Flavor Cupcakery, who received the Judges' Choice award and John Carroll High School students Brady Fritz and Olivia Lang who took home the People's Choice award. Most importantly, top fundraiser awards went to:

  • 1st Place: Maxwell Wray, Aberdeen High School student, for raising $14,777
  • 2nd Place: Mary Ann Bogarty, VP at Harford Bank, who raised $10,199
  • 3rd Place: Nahid Shahry, dentist, who raised $7,701
Special thanks to committee chair Dr. Mary Teddy Wray, co-chair Carolyn Evans, and all of the dancers, instructors and committee members who helped to make the event such a huge success. We also want to thank all of our sponsors, without whose support the event would not have been possible.