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"Ballet Goes to College--Three top programs to consider" - Dance Magazine

The CCM Dance is a program with a ballet and contemporary dance emphasis for the dancer seeking top-level training and rigorous artistic, academic and studio curriculum. Key elements include:

  • International performance and study abroad experience
  • Highly recognized guest choreographers and artists in residence
  • Dance with professional companies while earning your BFA
  • World-class faculty
  • On-site qualified professionals (physical therapists and athletic trainers)
  • State-of-the art facilities
"CCM Dance is one of the few collegiate ballet programs in the country to facilitate such internships. Its combination of academics and professional training--including excellent live accompaniment for dance classes--is so exceptional, in fact, that in April 2014, Dance Magazine cited the dance department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as one of just a few programs in the country that “offer the specialization and experience you’d receive as a company trainee.” - Janet Light

CCM Dance Graduates have performed with companies such as the Ballet Du Capitole of France, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Martha Graham Dance Company, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet West, BalletMet, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Eugene Ballet Company, Nevada Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Ballet Pensacola, Columbus Dance Theater, The Ballet Theater of Maryland, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and many other classic and contemporary dance companies.

CCM Dance's Mission Statement

At CCM, the Dance Department is a professional ballet school offering a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree with a ballet and contemporary dance emphasis on a successful union of academe and the performing arts. The CCM dance major is a developing professional seeking top-level training and artistic stimulation through a rigorous academic and studio curriculum.

Dance majors have numerous opportunities to perform throughout the year. CCM's Ballet Ensemble presents three annual concerts featuring full-length ballets such as Swan Lake and Giselle, one-act ballets such as Les Sylphides, La Sylphides act II, Paquita act III, Sleeping Beauty Suite, Don Quixote Suite,  new works by Dance Department faculty and guest choreographers with music provided by CCM's Ensembles and Conducting Department. The Choreographers' Showcase provides students an outlet for choreographic experimentation and added performance opportunities.

Emphasizing a balance between discipline and dedication to one's art with a holistic approach to health and wellness, the Dance Department at CCM is one of the few ballet programs in the nation requiring a year of somatic studies for dance including work in the Yoga and the Pilates Method. The Department also provides a health and fitness program supervised by qualified professionals to ensure the overall wellness of the dancers.

The Department of Dance maintains the highest artistic standards with four dedicated full-time faculty: Jiang Qi, Department Chair; Deirdre Carberry, Andre Megerdichian and Michael Tevlin; along with ten adjunct instructors who motivate and promote excellence among the gifted students in the collegiate program. Master classes are given by regional company directors such as: Victoria Morgan, Edwaard Liang, Norbe Risco, Bruce Simpson and Karen Russo Burke. Guest artists in residence (from one to ten weeks) have included:  Vivi Flindt, Marianna Tcherkassky, Suzanne Farrell, Maria Calegari, Bart Cook, Benjamin Bowman, Sean Curran, Maureen Fleming, Diego Salterini, Hannah Baumgarten, Joysanne Sidimus and Maria Vegh. Master classes have included artists from Pilobolus, Zvi Dance, Joe Goode Performance Group, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Urban Bush Women, among others. The CCM Dance Department boasts a distinguished, dynamic faculty, state of the art facilities and the support necessary to provide a diversity of new and challenging experiences for its students.

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).