Ellicott City Ballerina Project

Founder: Donna Pidel

Photo by Donna Pidel

Dancer: BCXIV Alumna Brooke Sessler

Originating as Donna Pidel’s photographic project after the Ellicott City flood of May 2018, the Ellicott City Ballerina Project emerged as a way to highlight the beauty and resilience of our beloved town. Collecting the photographs in a calendar, Ms. Pidel partnered with local businesses to raise over $6,000 for local charities dedicated to flood recovery.

As a result of Ms. Pidel’s efforts, then-County Executive Allan Kittleman generously proclaimed December 3, 2018, Ballet Conservatoire XIV Day and declared it Historic Ellicott City’s official ballet company.

The Ellicott City Ballerina Project has evolved to continue to enrich Ellicott City’s artistic and cultural life as a community ballet performance group. Our dancers perform at local events in Howard County and the surrounding areas. Previously, we have performed at Harriet Tubman Day, A Nutcracker Tea at the Old Mill Café, the Oella Mill Holiday Party, the tree lighting at Midnight Madness, the Howard County Chinese Culture Center’s Chinese New Year, and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration, as well as at the Ballet Conservatoire XIV winter and spring concerts.

Participation in the Ellicott City Ballerina Project is open to all Ballet Conservatoire XIV students who are in levels Conservatory 3 and 4. If you are interested in joining Ballet Conservatoire XIV, visit our Enrollment page or Contact Us.