“After 39 years with the Baltimore School for the Arts, Norma Pera announced her retirement this year. On Saturday, her colleagues and students gathered to honor her with a night of gratitude and dance.
“The concert was packed with touching tributes, a video of her memorable quirks (aka ‘Norma-isms’), and an impressive lineup of surprise performances. Jacqueline Green (class of ’07) and Courtney Celeste Spears (class of ’12), both currently members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, performed a duet. Complexions Contemporary Ballet company member Doug Baum, who graduated from BSA in ’06, choreographed a piece that was performed by current 11th-graders. Roger Cunningham (class of ’90) flew in from Switzerland, where he is the director of Cunningham International Dance Center, to set a piece for the performance.”
Dance Teacher magazine writes about Ms. Pera’s retirement tribute.