Frederick County Public Schools welcomes the public to the All-County High School Dance Festival on Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m. at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. The festival will feature dance performances by students from five high schools including Governor Thomas Johnson, Linganore, Oakdale, Tuscarora, and Urbana, and from the FCPS Academy for the Fine Arts. Admission is free. The evening will conclude with a performance by students whose auditions qualified them for the all-county dance group, representing various local high schools, with choreography by guest artist Colleen Hayes.
A Frederick native and a 2008 graduate of the FCPS Academy for the Fine Arts, Hayes earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University in theatre and dance, with a musical theatre concentration. She resides in New York City and has performed across the country with the first national tour of Broadway’s Catch Me If You Can. She has also performed in several regional theaters including the Fulton Opera House, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Olney Theatre Center, and Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Washington, DC. She teaches dance, adjudicates dance competitions, and is a freelance choreographer. Locally, she choreographed the 2014 TJStage production of Catch Me If You Can.
“Our Secondary Visual and Performing Arts Department is very excited to showcase this first-ever auditioned FCPS all-county dance group. We are proud of the school system’s dance teachers’ creativity and collaboration. Please join us in supporting the young dancers at this event,” says Kimberly Hirschmann, FCPS Secondary Visual & Performing Arts curriculum specialist.