CCM's Department of Dance marks a major milestone this spring as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. In 1964 CCM’s dance program took root in an idea that was rarely attempted in dance education: a ballet-centered curriculum, which was also professionally oriented, with modern dance as a secondary component.
A proposed curriculum for a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance received approval that same year, followed by approval of a master of arts curriculum in 1965.
Cincinnati Ballet, a nationally recognized professional company, evolved as the official school for CCM Dance. It wasn’t until the late 80’s that the two parted ways and CCM Dance reinvented itself.