Following a year of celebration and special performances, AACC’s Dance Company officially topped off its silver anniversary the weekend of May 1-3 with performances of “Spring Migration” and a two-hour “Alumni Concert – Celebrating 25 Years.”
Lynda Fitzgerald, founder and creative director, started the Dance Company in 1988. After her own distinguished performing career and teaching dance elsewhere, including Stanford University, she got her start at AACC in 1987 with a part-time position in the Admissions office. At that time, the college only offered two dance classes out of the Physical Education department.
Gradually, Fitzgerald became more involved with AACC’s dance offerings and the Company launched its first performance in spring 1989. From there, she worked to offer more dance classes, wrote a dance curriculum, and in 1995 AACC began offering its first dance major.
Today, AACC’s Dance Company is a member of the Maryland Council for Dance. Also a member of the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), the Dance Company has traveled across the country to have their performances adjudicated by professional dancers in the annual ACDFA conferences.
From just 10 students at that inaugural performance, over the past 25 years the Dance Company has been “a family” for hundreds of dancers, several of whom now teach dance and own their own dance studios or other dance-related businesses. Others have gone on to dance with Gloria Estefan and Lady Gaga! To learn more, visit our Dance Company.
Dance Company members also have the opportunity to choreograph their own work. Fitzgerald even established a service learning component so that students also get to perform for various service-learning projects at Anne Arundel County schools.
Fitzgerald’s vision has always been to offer performances that make people happy.
“Dance is a way to express yourself,” says Fitzgerald. “I choreograph things that make me laugh. There can be so much angst. Here, we’re much more light-hearted.”
That feeling keeps many Dance Company fans, and alumni, coming back year after year. For the May concert, over 60 of the Dance Company’s former dancers from as far away as Georgia and California, returned to help celebrate.