Ballet and all that Jazz has offered exceptional dance technique training in Hagerstown for over 34 years. Director Lorna Shaffer aims to create a safe, friendly, and positive environment for dancers of all skill levels. BTJ instructors have strong dance backgrounds, and the Crestwood Drive location was designed specifically as a dance school, with spacious studios and changing areas for students.
Training is offered in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, modern and hip-hop for students starting at the age of 3.
In addition to their regular programs, the BTJ Junior, Senior, and Tap companies have been invited to perform at Holly Fest, The Nutcracker at the Maryland Theatre, The National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C., and many other events. The BTJ companies challenge dancers to sharpen their skills by auditioning to be a part of these exclusive groups.
Community outreach is a core value at BTJ. We perform Act 2 of The Nutcracker with our advanced ballerinas through the holiday season, have partnered with Ballet Theatre of Maryland and have created the BTJ Dancers Program working with the HHA.
Visit the Ballet and all that Jazz Website for more information on programming or call 301-797-2100 for more information.
Ballet and All That Jazz presents its 35th recital at the Maryland Theatre on Saturday, May 20th at 10 am, 1:30 pm and 7 pm, featuring our youngest to most advanced dancers. Our Senior and Junior company, along with Tap Troupe and Tap Company at BTJ will debut their dances in all three shows.
Tickets On Sale, Tuesday, March 21 at 9:00 AM Online and at The Maryland Theatre Box Office.
The morning performance debuts our youngest ballerinas with “Storybook characters” such as Cinderella, Winnie The Pooh and Madeline. The tappers will present “Dancing through the 80s” highlighting Earth, Wind and Fire. Then, the jazz/hip hoppers will be dancing to popular hits from movie soundtracks that will have you moving to the beats!
The matinee performance features our elementary-aged children starting with a “Barbie” inspired ballet theme, continuing with “Dancing through the 80s” by the tappers. Then, jazz/hip hoppers dancing to popular movie hits, such Trolls and Smurfs. Our four pre-modern classes will dance to inspirational music. We will conclude the show with our three ARCO routines.
The evening performance spotlights our intermediate to advanced dancers and our five graduating seniors as they perform their final solos. The show will open with experts from “Swan Lake” from our advanced ballerinas. Modern/contemporary will perform to Drehz and Adele. The tap dancers will continue with the theme from the 2 pm show, “Dancing through the 80s”. Jazz dancers will be performing to girl power anthems. The hip hop dancers will get you moving with Nicki Minaj.