CCBC Dance Program Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to audition to be admitted to the Dance Program?
The Dance Program is an open enrollment program. Once admitted to CCBC, a student can take any dance course appropriate for their level. Students declaring Dance as their major must contact Tommy Parlon, Dance Coordinator at for advisement and placement in dance courses.

When does the Dance Department hold auditions?
Auditions for Dance Company and placement into the AFA degree are held the first Friday of classes each semester at 10:15 am in the dance studio.

Can I observe and/or participate in a dance class? How do I know what level class to take?
The Dance Department encourages prospective students to observe or take a dance class. Contact the department ( A prospective student should participate or observe in Ballet or Modern technique class. You must attend the entire class from beginning to end. If you are not sure about the appropriate level for you, please realize that fundamental level classes are beginning courses designed for those who have never taken a dance class before. If you have been dancing your whole life, you will want to take an intermediate level class.

What are the facilities like?
The program has two large dance studios at the Essex Campus, and one small studio at the Catonsville Campus and dressing facilities at both campuses. All studios have sprung floors, with portable bars and mirrors. The Dance studios are equipped with smart carts (computer and projection system).

How big are the dance classes?
On average, there are 12 – 18 students per technique class.

Is there live accompaniment?
All technique courses have live accompaniment. Accomplished pianists play for ballet classes. Percussionists or pianists play for modern classes.

Are there more modern or ballet courses?
The program offers three levels of modern and ballet. The department does not follow one specific syllabus or technique (such as Cecchetti or Vaganova, Graham or Limón). In modern classes are an eclectic approach based on the training techniques and specialties of visiting artist/faculty.

Is Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, or Dance Team offered?
The program offers a Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop every semester. There is not a Dance Team at CCBC. Ballroom classes are offered through the CEED program.

Who can take dance courses?
The Dance program offers dance courses for all students, regardless of major. Students are placed at their level of skill. The Capstone Project course is open only to students majoring in dance.

How do I register for dance classes?
Registration is done online through CCBC’s website. Many courses require permission before registering. Please contact Tommy Parlon, dance coordinator to request permission at

How many dance courses can I take per semester?
You can take as many courses as your schedule permits. 

How does the program determine my level of technique?
The first week of the semester serves as an "audition/placement" period. The class instructor will determine whether students have registered for the appropriate level for a particular course. It is important to attend the first class, and to make any necessary schedule changes during the first two weeks of the semester.

How many dance majors are there?
There are approximately 30 majors. Many non-majors take dance courses. 

How many faculty members are there?
There are 2 full-time, 7 part-time, 2 accompanists and 2 full-time staff.

Who gets to perform?
The CCBC Dance Company is the performance group of the CCBC Dance Program. At the beginning of each semester the program holds auditions for the CCBC Dance Company. The Dance Company is open to all CCBC students. Concerts feature faculty and guest artist choreography.

Who gets to choreograph?
Students interested in choreographing work for a concert must be a member of the CCBC Dance Company. Students have the opportunity to create choreography that is adjudicated by the faculty for performance in the Fall or Spring Concerts.

Can I major in two programs?
Absolutely. Many dance majors are double majors.

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