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Pirates of the Chesapeake

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Pirates of the Chesapeake


Based on the first documented acts of piracy on the Chesapeake Bay, Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM) brings to life pirates, settlers and natives who lived in 17th century America in this dance assembly. Local history, swordfights and lost treasure come together through dance to tell a story of our colonial roots in Pirates of the Chesapeake. Students will participate in demonstrations including stage combat.

Please note: This performance is an artistic interpretation of historical events involving pirates. As a result, the performance contains the use of stylized stage combat, primarily sword fighting, and also incorporates the use of stage replica weapons, primarily swords (some wood and some metal).  If you are concerned about this content, please take a look at the other offerings from Ballet Theatre of Maryland, or call Young Audiences to discuss further.

Sample Common Core connection
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Photo by Mike Stukel.


"Our students were fascinated by ballet, a dance form most of them have never been exposed to. The fact that this assembly incorporated a story familiar to students made the performance that much better."

Tammy, Teacher, St. Leonard Elementary

"Wow, what a great performance and a great audience!! I love that the students had this opportunity. One boy in my class, who has a difficult time focusing and completing work, sat in rapt attention. I turned around to look at him and he had tears in his eyes. I said, "Logan, what's wrong?" nd he replied, "I just really like this." POWERFUL!"

Megan, Teacher, Nantucket Elementary

"Our kids (even the 'too cool' for this kids) were very engaged throughout the performance; and some teachers did a follow-up writing activity. I had prepared the kids before the performance with storyline, characters, etc. etc. It fit very nicely into my music curriculum as well as our literacy curriculum. Beautiful music, beautiful dancing, close proximity to the audience kept the students engaged."

Carolyn, Teacher, Dr. Gustavas Brown Elementary