CCBC Dance Program

Program Coordinator: 

Tommy Parlon
443-840-1127 or

To learn more about the Dance Program and view a videotaped interview with the Program Coordinator, click on one of the following links:

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Click here for off-campus viewing.

Degrees Offered:

A.A. (Associate of Arts)
A.F.A. (Associate of Fine Arts)

These degree programs are designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Dance. Beyond the General Education requirements and options, this pattern should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a transfer coordinator or an advisor for information about specific requirements.

It is required that students who wish to pursue studies in these transfer patterns speak with the Dance program coordinator before registering for courses. The sequence of courses should be adjusted to meet the requirements of the transfer institutions. The CCBC Dance program is administered at CCBC Essex. Dance classes are offered on all CCBC campuses.

NOTE: Although these patterns follow a two-year plan, students who work more than 15 hours per week or have other major obligations outside of school are advised to take fewer courses each semester over a longer period of time. Students who work 25 hours or more are advised to take 12 credits or less each semester.

See what our students and faculty have to say:

The CCBC Dance Program is a pre-professional conservatory-like training environment for those who wish to pursue a career in dance. Students may pursue one of two degrees offered, the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and the Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.). With state-of-the-art facilities including newly renovated studios with American Harlequin sprung flooring and marley surfaces students will be provided a solid base of training and knowledge that will enable them to move on and pursue whichever specific career path in dance, such as performer, choreographer, instructor, administrator, they choose to specialize in.

The mission of the Dance program of the Community College of Baltimore County is to provide students with opportunities to experience and learn about a broad spectrum of dance (from classical ballet and various styles of modern dance to the dance of cultures from around the world); to partner with students in developing the physical and technical skills necessary to communicate through dance and to articulate the knowledge of dance; to inspire students to participate in dance activities, and to foster the intellectual, creative, and spiritual growth of dancers by instilling in them a commitment to artistic and personal excellence.

One-on-One Studio Time

With a teacher/student ration of 1:18, the Dance program offers students personalized attention throughout their technical and creative training. Students also enjoy the freedom to experience new dance styles and to perform throughout the community at hospitals, festivals, showcases and college activities.

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