CCBC gar­ners na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion for dance pro­gram

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The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Schools of Dance (NASD) has ap­proved the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County’s Dance pro­gram for ini­tial ac­cred­i­ta­tion. This des­ig­na­tion is based on an NASD site visit and an in­ten­sive self-study.

Ac­cord­ing to Wil­liam E. Watson, dean of the School of Lib­eral Arts, “This achieve­ment makes CCBC one of only two com­mu­nity col­leges in the na­tion to hold na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion in all four arts dis­ci­plines – Theatre, Mu­sic, Dance and Visual Arts.”

CCBC Pres­i­dent San­dra L. Kur­tini­tis adds, “This new ex­alted sta­tus for our Dance pro­gram po­si­tions us to re­cruit more bud­ding dancers, se­cure great trans­fer part­ner­ships, and re­flects CCBC’s con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence in all of the Arts.”

The CCBC Dance pro­gram of­fers a rig­or­ous pro­gram of dance tech­nique, cre­ative cour­ses, per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties and strong dance aca­demics lead­ing to ei­ther of two de­grees – As­so­ciate of Fine Arts: Dance, Fine and Per­form­ing Arts and As­so­ciate of Arts: Dance, Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sciences. “The ma­jor­ity of stu­dents who com­plete their Dance de­gree at CCBC trans­fer to a four-year in­sti­tu­tion to con­tinue their dance stud­ies,” notes Melinda Blomquist, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the CCBC Dance Com­pany.

The aca­demic mis­sion of the Dance pro­gram is to pro­vide stu­dents with op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain per­sonal in­struc­tion through small class sizes, study with ex­pe­ri­enced fac­ulty who are work­ing pro­fes­sion­als and be ex­posed to a broad spec­trum of dance – from clas­si­cal bal­let to mod­ern dance. Stu­dents will also de­velop the phys­i­cal and tech­ni­cal skills nec­es­sary to com­mu­ni­cate through dance and par­tic­i­pate in per­for­mance events.

CCBC Dance pro­gram alumni in­clude in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned chore­og­ra­pher, dancer and move­ment di­rec­tor Peter Pucci (Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, Pucci Sport), and dancer, chore­og­ra­pher and CCBC Ad­junct Fac­ulty Adri­enne Kraus Latan­ishen (The Col­lec­tive; Blue Shift Dance Com­pany). Dance pro­gram alumni are cur­rently danc­ing with The Col­lec­tive, Deep Vi­sion Dance Com­pany, Tra­jec­tory Dance Project, Mary­land Dance En­sem­ble, and the Zion Dance Project.

To see the CCBC Dance Com­pany in ac­tion, at­tend its Fall 2018 Dance Con­cert Nov. 15-17 in the Cen­ter for the Arts Theatre at CCBC Ca­tonsville, 800 South Rolling Road, Ca­tonsville, Md. 21228. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion is $10; se­niors, stu­dents, CCBC fac­ulty, staff and alumni are $5, and cur­rent CCBC stu­dents with IDs are free. Call the CCBC Box Of­fice for times and tick­ets at 443-840-ARTS (2787).

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