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Alumni Surprised Norma Pera with Tribute Performance

“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.

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