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CCM: About
The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

The courtyard outside of CCM's Patricia Corbett Theater.

Academic Programs & Majors

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. Refer to the chart below for more information on the types of degrees offered by each program and click on the degree titles to view specific degree plans.

What is Ballet?

"For dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself."  --Havelock Ellis

The dance major at the UC College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is designed for the developing dance professional who seeks technical training and artistic stimulation through a rigorous academic and studio curriculum. The Dance Department is a professional dance program offering a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in ballet -- a successful union of academe and the performing arts.

Dancers are artists disciplined in mind and body. They possess a strong, honest work ethic and strive to seek perfection in their art form. They are dedicated to the process of learning and understanding the human body -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually -- as the human body is their instrument for artistic expression.

Career Possibilities

The CCM dance program supports an internship programs for qualified students to perform with professional dance companies in the region as well as throughout the U.S. in their junior and/or senior year. Underclassmen may perform as Seasonal Dancers with neighboring professional and pre-professional dance companies if selected by the company Artistic Directors provided there are no conflicts with CCM dance requirements.

CCM alumni have performed as members of numerous professional companies, including: Royal Danish Ballet, Teatr Wielki-Opera Narodowa, Les Grand Ballets Canadians, Atlanta Ballet, Austin Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company I and II, Joffrey Ballet, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Kentucky Ballet Theater, Louisville Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Nashville Ballet,  Ohio Ballet,  Quad City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II and Vienna Opera State Ballet. Other alumni serve as teachers and administrators in performing arts schools, university dance programs and professional company schools.

Minoring in Ballet

Students cannot minor in dance.  However, some of our dance majors do complete a double major.  The second major selected depends greatly on compatibility of course requirement scheduling.


UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The Dance Department keeps its finger on the pulse of the current dance world. Guest artists in residence have included Laura Alonso, Johanna Wilt, Jimmy Cunningham, Ben NeedhamWoood, Oglcan Borova, Douglas Becker, Bart Cook, Sean Curran, Suzanne Farrell, Vivi Flindt, Maureen Fleming,  William Pizzuto, Marianna Tcherkassky, and Maria Vegh. Master classes with regional company directors such as Victoria Morgan,Edward Liang, Gerard Charles, Bruce Simpson, Norbe Risco,Karen Burke and Adam Skulte occur When they are available. Master classes from artists with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jose Limon Dance Foundation, Balanchine Trust, Twayla Tharp Dance Foundation ,Pilobus, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Dance Alloy, Joe Goode Performance Group, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., among others, complement the department's curriculum while exposing students to professionals currently in the field.

Special Programs

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

The Dance Department has three large dance studios, an observation booth for faculty and visitors, a therapy room and dressing rooms. Dance performances are held in CCM’s 400-seat Patricia Corbett Theater. Dance students have access to the Gorno Memorial Music Library with over 100,000 books, scores and tapes in its collection, including the Anatole Chujoy Memorial Dance Collection of books and historic memorabilia.

Admission Requirements

For specific admissions information, International student requirements and application deadlines please visit the CCM Admissions website.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Students may transfer into the dance program up until the beginning of their sophomore year.  Requirements are the same as for incoming first-year students.  Transfer of credits for all dance and dance-related courses must be approved by the Dance Department head.  Transfer of credits for all general academic courses must be approved by the CCM associate dean for academic affairs.  For Admissions information and criteria see the CCM Admissions website.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.

Graduation Requirements

Several months before graduation, each candidate for a degree must file a formal application for degree with the University Registrar's Office. If a student fails to properly complete this application process, the university will not be responsible for the student's graduation. A minimum of one year as a full-time student is required of all students wishing to apply for any degree awarded by CCM.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of Cincinnati is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.