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Founded in 2008, In Theory Youth Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to making winterguard (a.k.a. indoor color guard) accessible for youth and adults in the greater Baltimore area.
In Theory, our youth ensemble, and In Denial, our adult ensemble, perform and compete in Tournament Indoor Association (TIA) Chapter 9. ITYS is under the leadership of Executive Director Ellen DeFord.
We're proud to have ended the 2019 competitive season with a 4th place finish for In Theory and a 5th place finish for In Denial. Congratulations to all of our performers and the amazing family and volunteers who supported them throughout the season!
What is Winterguard?
We're glad you ask! Winterguard is an exciting activity that combines athleticism with art, bringing music and dance together with equipment derived from its military color guard roots: flags, rifles, and sabers. As a competitive team sport, winterguard not only builds the technical skills of its performers, it also develops critical life skills such as team work, communication, creativity, and self-confidence. Winterguard is often referred to as "the sport of the arts."
Still not quite sure what we're talking about? There's no better way to learn than to see it for yourself! Why not check out our photos and video from past performances, or come see us perform live at our Friends & Family Day!
In LOVing Memory
It is with a heavy heart that we share that ITYS co-founder and Executive Director Christopher DeFord passed away on May 28th, 2018.
Chris was a beloved and respected member of the color guard community in the mid-Atlantic area. More than just a talented performer, he was dedicated, kind, patient, and beyond generous, and poured these qualities into founding ITYS and supporting the many youth and adults who joined its performance ensembles over the past 10 years.
We lost Chris far too soon, and he will be dearly missed by the ITYS family he created and by the countless others whose lives he touched.
1972 - 2018
In Theory Youth Services is Part of the Greater Pikesville Recreation Council, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.