CCDC was established by Sandra Woods in 1990 in response to a pressing need for a first rate dance school in the Carroll and Western Howard county areas. Over the past 26 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 for attaining their goals. 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. The Carroll County Dance Center classes are limited in size, with student placement based upon ability and experience. CCDC has enjoyed its beautiful current location since 2006. The facility, which is located in the Warfield Complex adjacent to the Springfield Hospital Center, has four spacious studios, raised flooring, viewing windows, TV monitor, a homework area, and a student lounge.
The Ballet Conservatory provides the opportunity for the dedicated and enthusiastic student 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 include Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, 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 apprenticeship program, National Ballet of Canada School, Houston Ballet, North Carolina School for the Arts, the Boston Conservatory, 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.