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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's Mission Statement

The Dance Department at CCM is a professionally oriented dance program offering a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree with an emphasis in ballet training. Through a rigorous academic and studio curriculum dancers receive advanced training while cultivating their artistry and stimulating creativity. The BFA candidates graduate with a thorough knowledge of the dance world and how to function in it, going on to perform and teach in professional dance companies and dance education organizations.

The CCM Dance Department boasts a distinguished, dynamic faculty, state of the art facilities, multiple performance opportunities, and a diversity of new and challenging experiences for its students. Four dedicated full-time faculty: Jiang Qi - Department Chair, Deirdre Carberry,  Michael Tevlin and Judith Mikita; along with dedicated adjunct faculty members, frequent guest artists, company directors and professionals from the field are committed to nurturing highly technical, passionate and artistic dancers.

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

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