Harford Dance Theatre is premiering a brand new production, on Saturday, August 2, at 7:30 PM at Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Theater. A dance-theatre masterwork, Oona features ballet, contemporary, jazz, and modern dance, with a magnificent blend of original choreography.

Oona is a story about love and loss, set against the majesty of the Emerald Isle. A young American boy comes to Ireland, and his life is changed forever when he meets a beautiful young girl. Their love grows and promises a life of happiness and joy, until Oona arrives.

Directed by HDT alumnus, Lauren Carnesi, Oona’s touching story offers audiences who enjoy story-based productions such as The Nutcracker something entirely new and exciting, with more styles of dance than just ballet. Carnesi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Shenandoah Conservatory, and her choreography has been performed in England, Greece, and Spain, among other locations. Oona features several guest artists, including Elysia Greene, a fellow graduate from Shenandoah Conservatory. Greene has trained and performed in New York and Chicago and currently dances with the modern repertory company, Motion X Dance DC. She is “delighted to be reunited with Lauren as they work together on Oona.”

Tickets are $12-$15 and can be purchased at, the HCC Ticket Office, or by calling 443-412-2211. For additional information, email or
call 443-412-2112.

Harford Dance Theatre is a community dance program that caters to all ages and levels of dancing.

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The HCC Special Events & Performances Calendar is made possible by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts; grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board; and grants from other federal and state agencies.