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Creative Alliance | Dance Performance


Ukulele for Beginners Series

Ukulele is back! Join seasoned musician and teacher Bob Friedman in our NEW Creativity Center for one of our most popular classes! Bring your own instrument and learn two to three songs in each engaging lesson.

Weaving Your Way

Rissa Fine-Karpoff gives the lowdown on the basics of weaving and then shows you how to create your very own mug rug (coaster) to take home! There will be a large selection of yarns and patterns to choose from, or you can create your own unique pattern. In addition to the small loom you will make your mug rug on, there will be two more complex looms to try out as well.

Lendl Tellington “That’s Why He Made Momma” Film Preview

As they realize they could lose their matriarch's home, Salome Sykes and Lendl Tellington turn the camera on their great-grandmother and her nine descendants in order to preserve their family’s legacy. As the brother and sister interview kinfolk, sift through albums, and wade through a century of family furniture, they reimagine these elements as a collection of sensory-driven installations, photography, and cinematic vignettes inspired by generational memories and revelations.

Open Critique

Join artists for monthly Open Critique in our Marquee Lounge! Each session is an open forum to show 1-2 examples of your artwork and receive feedback from experienced artists from varying mediums and backgrounds.

Art To Dine For 2023: Living with Art -SOLD OUT!

Artist Erin Fostel and Councilman Ryan Dorsey invite you to their home for a hearty, family-style dinner surrounded by their collection of Baltimore art. Tour their home and engage in lively conversation about their love of Baltimore as they share tips on how to be a casual art collector. Experience the joy and enrichment of surrounding yourself with art in your everyday life, while you dine on a delicious home-cooked meal accompanied by ingredients right from their own backyard.

The Old Part of Town: Inside Out Album Release w/ Letitia VanSant & Arty Hill

To celebrate the release of their fourth album, "Inside Out," The Old Part of Town brings their singular blend of folk-rock, country-blues, and bluegrass to the Creative Alliance. And to make it that much more of a special evening they'll be joined by their friends, who will be doing sets of their own, folk singer-songwriter Letitia VanSant, and local honky-tonk king Arty Hill with guitarist Tim Pruitt!

Charm City Burlesque & Variety Festival

The first annual Charm City Burlesque and Variety Festival (CCBVF) runs Friday September 29 through Sunday October 1 at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, home to some of Baltimore’s first burlesque and variety shows.

CCBVF: Jacqueline Boxx–Pin-Up Posing for All Bodies

Essential Tease core instructor and international burlesque headliner Jacqueline Boxx (she/her) wants to show you that pin-up style posing can include all of the glamour and none of the discomfort or shame.

CANCELED – CCBVF: Eden–Consent at Your Event

This workshop is intended for producers and event organizers, but is open to all who have an interest in creating safer spaces in nightlife and entertainment. We will discuss the roles and responsibilities of creating a consent-centered event as well as preventing and responding to consent violations.

CANCELED – CCBVF: Maki Roll–The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nerdlesque!

Resting at the intersection of Swarovski capes, sparkly spandex, and erotic fanfiction; Nerdlesque is an artform unlike any other. Maki Roll (She/Her) will teach you how to elevate your pop culture performance art and undress your favorite nerdy characters (and concepts) for every audience.

CCBVF: Crystal Black–Liquid Motion®

This open level class that utilizes elements of fitness conditioning, sensual movement, and dance theory, to provide the student with a total mind and body movement experience. In this 60-minute class, students will learn the Liquid Motion® Fundamentals to build a foundation for floor work & wall work.

Art To Dine For 2023: Go Iberian!

Feast your eyes on a cooking demonstration of paella, and savor other Iberian favorites like gazpacho and ceviche! Enjoy the food you just watched someone else prepare as you sip on wine pairings from Portugal and soulful fado music plays in the background. Gaze upon the stunning views of Harbor East and imagine yourself carried away to the Iberian Peninsula!

CANCELED – CCBVF: Naimah–Saucy & Slinky: Belly Dance Inspired Choreography

Calling all Divas, Vixens, Sirens, Vamps, and Bombshells! This fun and empowering workshop is for non-belly dancers and belly dancers who want to explore a bolder side of themselves. This class was created to pull many out of their comfort zone and bring forth an all new level of self confidence with emphasis on style, grace & stage presence.


SOLD OUT – ESSENTIAL TEASE: A Transformative Burlesque Class Series

Are you ready to finally take the leap and see what burlesque is all about? Or, are you a current performer who is thinking about reimagining your relationship to burlesque? 

Our team of experienced burlesque instructors will guide you through becoming a burlesque performer inside and out. We will progress through act creation from start to finish while incorporating mindful techniques for both on and off the stage. Essential Tease is the ideal starting point for truly transformative acts! This eight-week in-person workshop series is conducted at Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD, and concludes with a ticketed, live student showcase! 

Registration includes eight weeks of prepared lessons, out-of-class coaching and one-on-one mentorship, complimentary costume add-ons and crafting sessions, access to an online community with your peers, as well as the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a student showcase on the Creative Alliance main stage! 

Essential Tease welcomes ALL gender identities, abilities, ages, sexualities, races, religions, AND experience levels. All humans welcome, and all bodies are burlesque bodies!

CANCELED – CCBVF: James Taylor–Why We’re Here: An Overview of Variety’s Near-Past Origins

If you think “the good old days” of the “business of show” was the conclusion of the last century, oh, nay nay. Sideshow historian and museum creator James Taylor takes you on the wild ride that – in the “modern era” of the last several hundred years – is the broad picture of the industry, from circus to world’s fairs to dime museums to wild west shows to burlesque and beyond.


SOLD OUT! Stilt Walker Workshop

Calling all NEW Stilt Walkers! Have you ever wanted to be a stilt walker? Now's your chance! Train with Baltimore’s best, Jes Raschella, of Baltimore Hoop Love.

We are putting together a large troupe of stilt walkers to walk together wearing illuminated costumes in the Great Halloween Lantern Parade. If you stilt walk already, we would love for you to be there with us! If you have always wanted to learn to stilt walk, we will be hosting workshops and meetups to learn and to practice. If you would rather not walk stilts and support us with your two feet on the ground, we would love for you to join us on the ground support team!


Ukulele for Beginners Series

Ukulele is back! Join seasoned musician and teacher Bob Friedman in our NEW Creativity Center for one of our most popular classes! Bring your own instrument and learn two to three songs in each engaging lesson.

Kavita Shah & The Cape Verdean Blues Project

Award-winning vocalist, composer, and educator Kavita Shah’s latest album, Cape Verdean Blues, is the culmination of a diaspora’s quest to find a spiritual home. The carefully curated album of traditional Cape Verdean music is also a tribute to the charismatic and unapologetically individual artist Cesária Évora.


Buy your tickets online, in person, or over the phone by calling 410-276-1651. Members save $3 on almost every show!

Our Box Office is currently open from Noon to 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays and one hour before all ticketed events. We accept cash, cards, and checks. Service fees are waived for in-person ticket purchases.

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