Each year, Harford County’s “Stars” showcase their ballroom dancing talents at this black tie optional event featuring a live auction, open bar, sumptuous food, and of course the highlight of the evening - the dancing competition!

Dancing for the Arts celebrates the talent of Harford County while raising funds to sustain the Center for the Arts, a 501(c)( 3) nonprofit organization dedicated to establishment of a center in Harford County, accessible to all, to nurture art, artists and community by providing a broad range of creative and collaborative experiences through quality arts education, presentation and exhibit in the disciplines of music, dance, theater, and the visual, traditional, and literary arts, as well as providing special event/business meeting space, and a heritage museum.


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Dancing for the Arts
7th Annual Gala

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's event 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:

Check back soon for information on the 2015 event!

Meet the 2014 Celebrity Dancers  

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.

2013 Celebrity Dancers!
Thank you!

Betty Ward, recipient of the Jeffrey J. Plum Legacy in the Arts award, shared some beautiful words:

Thank you for the wonderful tribute and honor... I first became acquainted with the Center for the Arts group through a friend on the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.  That was 6 years ago.  The idea of having a dance gala patterned after Dancing with the Stars appealed to me, as I loved to dance.  What a great way to raise funds- by Dancing!  As time went on, and I was invited to become one of the dancers, a whole new world was opened up to me.  I heard of the envisioned plan for Harford County's very own arts center. What a thrill!  Not only for dancing, but to house all the arts!  Harford County is such a great place to live and this would be 'the frosting on the cake'!

Since the first gala, I have been a Friend of the Arts!  Much research has been done to make this vision become a reality. As a community, I believe we can bring this about.  I look forward to seeing that first shovel of dirt turned for phase one!"
  ~ Betty Ward

2014 Celebrity Dancers

Mary Ann Bogarty
Jim Brady
Brady Fritz
Tracy Hart
Sharon Jacobs
Olivia Lang
Reginald Przybylski
Nahid Z. Shahry, DDS
Karmen Slezak
Shelley Stannard
Jim Welch
Maxwell Wray


Our 2014 Chair is Dr. Mary Teddy Wray, Laurel Bush Family Dentistry.

We are pleased to announce that Carolyn W. Evans, Esquire, Sengstacke & Evans, LLC is the Co-Chair.



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