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The Best Outlet For Creative Expression in Baltimore

In strictlybaltimore on December 12, 2012 at 10:37 am


Creative Alliance

If you’re a known artist or up-and-coming you already know about the Creative Alliance. The Creative Alliance is a non-profit organization who presents and promotes all genres of art in Baltimore.

Located in Fells Point at the corner of Patterson Park, on 3134 Eastern Avenue, their building can be seen by their flashing lights and marquis.

Since 1995, they have been a positive force of creative and cultural expression in the city. If you have a voice, they want to hear it. If you have an instrument, they want you to play it. If you have a work of art, they want to help you showcase it. If you have a dance, they want to groove to it. If there’s a poem, they want to snap to it.

Creative Alliance hosts hundreds of programs, performances, screenings, and workshops for people to attend. Most are open to the public but some are exclusive to members.

Becoming a member costs as little as $40, but $25 if you’re a student with valid ID.

Creative Alliance hosts hundreds of events a year that are always looking for volunteers for support. If you want to help elevate the creativity of this city, you may want to consider joining.

As well as hosting, the Creative Alliance also hubs a number of group meetings in their space as well. For instance, the Baltimore Songwriter’s Association meets up in the Creative Alliance building during their bi-weekly meetings. If you’re looking for a high traffic and high quality site to rent for an event, you can book your next event at the Creative Alliance building.

Also you can rent their premium quality media equipment to make your next movie into a blockbuster.

If you want to get involved, you can start small by attending a few of their programs and then work your way up to being a full-fledged member. You can always support the arts by donating to the organization as well. Creative Alliance also offers a residency program for artists looking to cultivate their talent.

Where do you express your creativity?

Let us know!

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Stories That Move You

In strictlybaltimore on December 5, 2012 at 9:40 am


A Celebration of Books, Reading, and Urban Dance

This Saturday, December 8 from 9:30 – 12 PM @ Patterson Park Public Charter School, The Baltimore Dance Crews Project is partnering up with Reading Partners to host “Stories That Move You.”

Baltimore Dance Crews Project and Reading Partners created this event out of their same desire to help youth reach their full potential, BDCP through dance and Reading Partners through reading skills.

The event is two programs in one. The first half is a reading hour and the second half is a dance workshop.

The program is free but monetary and elementary-level book donations are highly encouraged.

If you would just like to help, volunteers are needed ASAP. If you are interested, contact BDCP in the information below.

Patterson Park Public Charter School
27 N. Lakewood Ave
Gymnasium entrance on Baltimore Street

9:30 Sign In Opens
9:50 Welcome by Reading Partners
10:00 Reading Hour
11-12 Workshop
Donation of an elementary school level book
orFREE EVENT / Pay What You Can
$3 suggested for K-12 students
$5 suggested for adults
More always welcome

Proceeds support BDCP End of the Year Community Show


Reading Hour Volunteers

  • Reading Buddies
  • Station Leaders
  • Chaperones
Dance Hour Volunteers

  • Dance Buddies
Please contact Brian Gerardo ASAP at 410-419-1562 or

Reading Hour VolunteersReading Buddies

  • Support students by reading aloud and asking questions
  • Book is appropriate for K-4 grade levels

Station Leaders

  • Three stations will be conducted after the reading to help students explore themes and comprehension
    • Station 1 – help students act out a scene from the story
    • Station 2 – help students write an alternative ending to the story
    • Station 3 – help students draw a scene from the story to show understanding
  • Each station is 10 minutes long (yes quick). Students rotate to all three.  Total of 30 minutes 


  • Help with transitions between activities 
  • Help station leaders with prepping and resetting stations
  • Serve as reading buddies if needed

Workshop Volunteers

Dance Buddies

  • Pair up with students to help through dance activities

A free dance workshop and a chance for you to spark a child’s imagination!

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Giving The Youth A Chance To Dance

In strictlybaltimore on November 12, 2012 at 10:28 am
BDCP Fall Auditions

Dance Auditions This Saturday – 11/17

Let Students See How Bright They Can Shine

Baltimore Dance Crews Project is known for their skill to develop Baltimore youth. BDCP develops a culture of family and constant learning that would be beneficial in any child looking to stay on the right track. With the guidance of the BDCP community and dancing with a revolving door of outstanding choreographers, the youth are transformed into leaders and performers.

Even if the child or young adult has little to no experience dancing please let them considering trying out in the dance audition. The rewards outweigh the risk and you will be amazed at how a child can transform under the Baltimore Dance Crews Project.

Help a child’s passion and pass this to teachers, students, parents, guardians, family members, or any aspiring kid you see on Youtube.

Let them see how bright they can shine. 

Baltimore Dance Crews Project Auditions

The Baltimore Dance Crews Project is welcoming all middle and high school students interested becoming a BDCP Junior to Fall Auditions on November 17th. Elementary students are accepted on case by case basis.

BDCP Juniors have been recognized as examples to Baltimore City students for balancing their love of urban dance and academics. They have toured colleges and have shared the stage with some of the most respected urban dance groups across the East Coast. Most recently, the Juniors have been acknowledged by city education leaders at the Baltimore Educational Equity Summit hosted by Teach For America where they shared the same stage as Governor Martin O’Malley, Walter Isaacson, Senator Barbara Mikulski, and Wes Moore.

Urban dance training with the BDCP family pushes students to continually set higher expectations in themselves – physically, mentally, and academically.

“This is more than a club, this is a lifestyle.”
BDCP Junior Alumnus, Shay Tate 12′

Patterson Park Public Charter School Gym
27 N. Lakewood Ave., Baltimore, MD
(entrance on Baltimore Street)

9:45 AM – Registration
10:15 AM – Welcome and Warm-up
10:30 AM – Learn Audition Piece
11:30 PM – Auditions
1:00 PM – Stay for workshops

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Baltimore Dance Crews Project – Free Hip-Hop Dance Workshop

In strictlybaltimore on October 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

Baltimore Dance Crews Project is proud to be part of the Free Fall Baltimore’s 7th art extravaganza line-up. Join us in a series of FREE dance classes! Kids and parents are welcome to come out and learn, no dance experience necessary!  Workshops will continue throughout the month of October.

October 20, and October 27

Patterson Park Public Charter School Gym
27 N. Lakewood Ave., Baltimore, MD
(entrance on Baltimore Street)

12:30 PM Sign – In Opens
1:00 PM Workshops Begin

There will be a brief icebreaker and warm up exercise, followed by a Hip-Hop routine and a cool down stretch.

Visit for more information.

Excerpt from the BDCP e-mail. Want to know more? Join their e-mail newsletter here.

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Run With RG3

In strictlybaltimore, Uncategorized on October 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Run with RG3!

With this year’s Baltimore Running Festival being a huge success this year, today we will focus on a group that will help you keep your feet moving well until the next marathon.

The Run, Gap, Gulp and Go Club, also known as RG3 (Not to be confused the Washington Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III, RG3) is a well established Baltimore running group that has been around since 2008.

Trail running through Gunpowder Falls or a light Baltimore run through Patterson Park, with over 800 members, your bound to find a member near you. This group holds weekly group runs around the Baltimore city and Maryland area landscape in search of great runs for the group. Joining a run with this group will allow you to take in the sights and sounds of nature around Baltimore and Maryland’s trails and parks.

The group’s name, Run, Gab, Gulp, and Go, can be best summed up by their mission statement on their webpage:

RG3 GabsA great way to take our minds off of those miles!

RG3 GulpsAfter our runs we have to hydrate, so whether the group goes for water, coffee or beer… We’re having fun!

RG3 Goes – On our way, refreshed and ready for the next workout! Everything’s optional but the running.

If you’re wondering when their next run is then grab your good running shoes because it will be this Sunday Morning, October 21, at 8:30 AM at the BWI Trail. They will be meeting in the parking lot of the Lindale Middle School and be running 10.5 miles along the trail.

If your up for more of a challenge, extend that run a little longer by meeting up with them earlier at 7 AM for a 6.5 mile pre-jog. That’s a 17 mile run! Click here to learn more and RSVP so you won’t be left behind.

Joining this club is free and encouraged. Check out their website to see what else they are up to.

Know of any great scenic or group runs? Comment below, join them and tell them or host an event. Their always down to talk and jog.



Baltimore Running Festival 
Run, Gab, Gulp, Go
This Sunday’s Morning Run 

Grab A Drink and Join Over 7,000 Baltimore Sports Fans Who Want to Meet You

In strictlybaltimore on October 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

Find Your Competitive Spirit  and Share a Pint!

If you just moved into Baltimore City, used to play sports in college and high school, and want a club where you can still play the game you love and meet some people then you should join the Baltimore Sports and Social Club. The Baltimore Sports and Social Club, Inc. (BSSC) was founded in 1998.

Part of the BSSC is the social aspect which some people cherish more than the game itself. Go to Looney’s in Canton during the week and you’ll probably see one of their shirts worn proudly as they represent their team and this club. Most of their games are held in Patterson Park which is a light stroll to the bars where they bond with their team and talk with the other teams.

The Baltimore Sports and Social Club includes a membership of over 7,000 participants competing in sports and activities

With active teams in football, softball, volleyball, wiffleball, broomball, kickball, dodgeball, and cornhole with most of the sports playing year-round you are bound to find a sport you’ve played or want to.

Whether your signing by yourself or with a group of you friends, sign up is easy. The costs to sign up for the season are $65 with $60 going to the league fees and the other $5 going in to admin fees. From there you can sign up for which league you want to be in depending on how good you are (or how much you want to socialize). There are three levels: Social (for the pro’s and advance players), Extreme Social (for the intermediate and advance), and Super Extreme Social (for the beginner and intermediate). If you sign up as an individual you will be selected into a team for the season but if you have a team just wait until the season starts and have fun.

Not sure if BSSC is right for you still? Go to one of the social events on their website and strike a conversation with the people there. Your bound to meet one in a league. Click here to check out their social events page.


Baltimore Sports and Social Club, Inc. (BSSC)
Upcoming BSSC Social Events

Enjoy The Ice Skating Rink Without Breaking Your Budget

In strictlybaltimore on October 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

$6 Ice Skating

Right before you hibernate this season get into the mood of the season by ice skating. In Baltimore there are two local ice rinks that you can go to. There is Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena and Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center.

Both have the same admission and roughly the same time (times posted below) so the only difference that would make you pick one from another is location.

If you are located downtown or East of Baltimore, then you are better off going to the Family Skating Center. Located in the heart of Patterson Park at 200 S. Linwood Avenue, you can enjoy the park and all its amenities before or after your skating session.

If you are North of Baltimore, the Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena is at 6101 Hillen Road minutes from Morgan State University. It is also worth noting that the Mt. Pleasant Golf Course is located next to the skating rink so you don’t have to go far if you also want to hit a round of golf after you carve the ice.  Mt. Pleasant also has a twitter feed that gives updates on any changes in time. Follow them on @mtpleasantice. Unfortunately Family Skating Center does not have a twitter.

Prices are very reasonable with $4 admission fee but only $2 for ice skate rentals. However it is cash only for both locations so please stop by an ATM before you head there.

If you also want to learn how to skate, Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena also offers ice skating lessons programs. Inquire here.

Here are the times for the public sessions for both areas.

Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena

Saturday and Sunday Afternoon: 3 pm – 5 pm
Monday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday night and Saturday night: 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Family Skating Center 

Tuesday- 11:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday- 11:00am-1:00pm
Thursday- 11:00am-2:00pm
Friday- 7:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday- 3:00pm-5:00pm, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday- 3:00pm-5:00pm


Mt. Pleasant Ice Arena
6101 Hillen Road,
Baltimore, MD 21239
Telephone – 443-984-4075
Fax – 410-254-1368
Twitter – @mtpleasantice

Family Skating Center
200 S. Linwood Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Telephone – 410.396.9392

Baltimore Dance Crews Project – Free Fall Dance Workshops

In strictlybaltimore on October 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

Baltimore Dance Crews Project is proud to be part of the Free Fall Baltimore’s 7th art extravaganza line-up. Join us in a series of FREE dance classes! Kids and parents are welcome to come out and learn, no dance experience necessary!  Workshops will continue throughout the month of October.

October 6, October 13, October 20, and October 27

Patterson Park Public Charter School Gym
27 N. Lakewood Ave., Baltimore, MD
(entrance on Baltimore Street)

12:30 PM Sign – In Opens
1:00 PM Workshops Begin

There will be a brief icebreaker and warm up exercise, followed by a Hip-Hop routine and a cool down stretch.

Visit for more information.

Excerpt from the BDCP e-mail. Want to know more? Join their e-mail newsletter here.

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Learn Hip Hop in Baltimore FOR FREE!

In strictlybaltimore on September 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm


 Baltimore Dance Crews Project (BDCP)
FREE Dance Workshop
September 22, 2012 | 10 – 2 PM
Patterson Park Public Charter School
27 North Lakewood Avenue  Baltimore, MD 21224

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Have you ever watched America’s Best Dance Crew and wanted to do the same moves that they do?

Well then come to Baltimore Dance Crews Project’s (BDCP) 5th Anniversary Kickoff. The event lasts from 10-2PM at Patterson Park Public Charter School and will offer two free workshops by hip-hop veterans Aaren Salido and Ken Estrellas.

The kickoff will also include special performances from hip-hop groups, Major Definition and SLAM.

Again no experience is required and it is free.

This is a great chance to learn more about hip hop culture while breaking a sweat.

Baltimore Dance Crews Project is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing Baltimore City youth with after-school urban dance programming that:
– Supports student achievement
– Builds community
– Encourages creativity
– Promotes healthy lifestyles

They use the Hip-Hop art form as a hook to engage youth and reach students in Baltimore City to support their academics, health, and respective communities. Baltimore Dance Crews Project has established monthly community dance workshops, facilitated dance programs at several sites, directed a city-wide junior exhibition team, supported several community advocacy efforts, traveled throughout the East Coast, visited local universities, and has been invited to work with youth programs in other major cities in the United States.

While they work with youth they offer great dance work
An ever-growing organization with a great cause.

If you:
– Want to dance more and meet people who do as well
– Want to volunteer
– Know any youth who love to dance
– Want to know more
Then let them know!

E-mail the Co-Founders Brian Gerardo or Cynthia Chavez
Join there e-newsletter
Visit there main site

One of Baltimore’s Local Landmarks – Patterson Bowling Alley

In strictlybaltimore on September 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Oldest Operating Duckpin Bowling Alleys – Quack Quack!

That’s right. The oldest operating duckpin bowling alleys in the nation is located right here in Baltimore.
Now you might be asking yourself, what’s the difference between the two?
Well compared to the regular tenpin bowling alleys most people are accustomed to seeing, duckpin balls are smaller, shorter, and lighter. Duckpins only weigh between 2 – 3 pounds where as regular tenpin bowling balls range from 6 all the way to 16 pounds! Also the pins are lighter, shorter, and smaller.

Some say that duckpins are harder and more challenging than tenpin but you can be the judge.

Patterson Bowling Center is open daily. Enjoy 1 hour for $12 or 2 hours for $20 with Rental Shoes Included.

Located on 2105 Eastern Avenue, this place is in between Canton and Fells Point. Before or after you play a few sets of duckpin you can either grab a drink or bite at Nacho Mama’s at Fells Point or Brick Oven Pizza in Canton. If you’re not craving Mexican or Pizza there is a plethora of food at each place so you’ll have plenty of choices! You can also enjoy a delicious treat of Rita’s (before they close for the season if they haven’t already) which across the street from the bowling alley.

Patterson Bowling Center is also located a block away from Patterson Park. It’s a kid and pet friendly park. Perfect for a stroll. Overall a great date place.

Support Baltimore!

Patterson Bowling Center, Inc.

2105 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21231
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