alena3Carroll County Dance Center & Ballet Conservatory was established by Sandra Woods in 1990 in response to a pressing need for a first rate dance school in the Carroll County and Western Howard County areas. Over the past 30 years, CCDC has established a reputation as the area’s premier dance school. We invite young children, teens, and adult students to participate in year-round programs designed for dancers at all levels, including an intensive pre-professional dance curriculum.

Dancers seeking a creative outlet and quality instruction find a comfortable and enjoyable environment. From professional dancers to adults seeking exercise and personal enjoyment to young children wanting to relish the joy of movement, we offer excellent training at all levels. Individual attention, detailed instruction and correction, and an emphasis on finding fulfillment and joy through self-motivation and personal achievement are all hallmarks of the Carroll County Dance Center philosophy. Classes are limited in size, with student placement based upon ability and experience.

The Ballet Conservatory provides the opportunity for dedicated and enthusiastic students to study classical ballet. Students are taught following the principles of the Russian Vaganova method, in conjunction with principles from contemporary training methods. This program consists of a set curriculum of classes designed to guide the serious student into a professional company or a top notch college dance program.

Carroll County Dance Center students have been accepted at numerous schools and companies, often with extensive scholarships. These programs include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met, American Repertory Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre summer program, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Washington Ballet Young Dancers, The School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet trainee program, National Ballet of Canada School, Houston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, North Carolina School for the Arts, The Boston Conservatory, Alvin Ailey/Fordham University, Goucher College, Towson University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Butler University, Point Park College, The Boston Ballet School, and The Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C.