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Howard Community College’s Arts Collective is pleased to announce


O P E N   A U D I T I O N S :

Dance Company

Directed by Joan Nicholas-Walker

Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC), now in its 9th Season, will perform the stellar choreography of well-known guest artists and faculty.  A euphoric celebration inside DANCE and imagination!  A tremendous experience for all dancers ages 16 and up!

Audition Info Session:

Friday, October 10, 12:30pm - 1:00pm, HVPA 110

A great opportunity to ask questions, learn more about ACDC’s rehearsal/ performance process and meet ACDC’s stellar team!
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Audition Date, Time, Location:

Sunday, October 19, 12:30pm - 3:30pm, HVPA 115

Open Auditions:

All current and past HCC students ages 16 and up are eligible to audition. Guest artists will be considered!  Auditionees need not be an HCC Dance Major; however…

  • Dancers must be in at least one ballet, modern, or jazz class during the Spring of 2015 (to ensure fitness and stamina).
  • Dancers cast must be willing to register for HCC’s Dance Repertory class during the Spring session (January 30 – March 13, 2015, 1:00pm-4:50pm). Details will be discussed during auditions.

The Company:  ACDC will consist of approximately 14 dancers this season.

Audition Sign-Up:

 Option One – Preferred: Sign-Up In Advance!

  • Sign-up in HCC’s Arts Collective Office, HVPA 126, Mon.-Fri., 11am - 5pm. Directions:
  • No confirmation will follow; we will only contact you via email if there is a problem.

 Option Two – Drop-In:

  • Auditionees unable to sign up in advance may drop-in the day of.
  • Auditionees dropping-in are expected to arrive prepared per the info provided in this notice.

Audition Preparation:

  • Your audition begins the moment you make contact with AC.
  • Audition Form: Available in AC’s Office (HVPA 126) available or DOWNLOAD HERE!

  1. Fill it out in advance and bring it with you to the audition.
  2. Unable to fill it out advance?  Forms will be available at the audition. Bring your datebook, arrive at 12pm to complete it!
  3. Important: All known conflicts must be included from October 19 through March 15.
  • Arrive on time – between 12pm-12:30pm: This audition includes a specific process.  Late arrival is frowned upon unless previously communicated and approved via requests emailed only here:
  • Headshots/Resumes: Bring a short (no more than 1 page) resume, listing experience/training, please include a recent photo.
  • Dress in your professional best. No jewelry. Auditionees will be dancing barefoot but are welcome to bring all dance shoes.

Audition Criteria – What to Expect the Day-Of the Audition:

  • ACDC’s Audition will begin promptly at 12:30pm. Doors open at 12pm for sign-in, paperwork, personal warm-up.
  • Auditions will consist of a few phrases of movement (contemporary/ modern and other forms).
  • Direction/ Adjustments: Taking direction, adjustments from the director, choreographers and management is part of the audition process. Listening and retaining information is extremely important.

Rehearsal & Performance Commitment: 

  • Rehearsal Schedule TO BE DETERMINED as it will be based on director, choreographer and dancer availability.
  • Tech Week:  Mandatory. All are expected to attend Tech Week Rehearsals. Final schedule distributed 4 weeks in advance! 
           Friday, February 27, Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1, in the morning, afternoon or evening (long days/nights)
           Monday March 2 through Wednesday March 4, each evening
  • 4 Performances:  Thursday, March 5 at 8pm, Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7 at 8pm, Sunday March 8 at 3pm
  • Possible Additional Performances:  March 14, 15 (selected works only)

About ACDC & HCC’s Dance Program: 

AC’s Dance Company (ACDC) is proud to present its 9th annual dance concert which will celebrate inspired works by the area’s most recognized choreographers, performed by HCC’s outstanding student and guest artist dancers. ACDC is well known for featuring celebrated, provocative new and re-mounted works. 

Preparing for a career in dance? Looking for a fun approach to improving your personal wellness and reducing stress? With the dance program at HCC, you can get there from here!

The dance major at HCC is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and diverse education in dance, including:

  • A rigorous and focused education that will prepare the student for transfer into a BA, BS, or BFA program at a four-year  college or university
  • Dance faculty dedicated to assessing student progress in order to meet individual needs
  • Master classes taught by locally and internationally renowned guest teachers
  • Opportunities for performance, including HCC’s Arts Collective Dance Company, Outreach Initiative and student showcases

For those who wish to pursue dance for personal enrichment, we provide students at every level with a variety of dance classes at convenient times, in an atmosphere which is both challenging and supportive. All dance courses are available to any student who has met the prerequisite(s), regardless of declaration of major.

To learn more about the dance program at HCC, contact Dance Coordinator Joan Nicholas-Walker by e-mail:

About HCC’s Arts Collective:

Howard Community College’s critically acclaimed Arts Collective (AC) is a force to be reckoned with. For the past 20 years AC has crafted evocative, innovative, awe-inspiring works, from the classics to the cutting edge, pushing the artistic boundaries inside theatre, dance, original works and more.

AC is a professionally run organization which supports, nurtures and fuses collaborative relationships between all artists, on and off the stage.  Folks from Howard County and beyond are invited to celebrate and get involved inside AC’s artistic bravery, spirit and unique learning environment!

Don’t miss the magic! View AC’s 20th season, audition and employment opportunities, workshops and more:

About the Director:

Joan Nicholas-Walker began her dance training in Virginia at the age of five.  She has consistently worked as a performer, choreographer, educator and arts administrator.  Nicholas-Walker earned her B.F.A in Dance from George Mason University.  While a student at GMU her choreographic work was selected for American College Dance Festival Association concerts in Michigan, Ohio and in Washington, D.C. at The John F. Kennedy Center.  She was honored to perform the work of Shapiro and Smith, Ann Carlson, Claire Porter and selected for summer study with Twyla Tharp.  Nicholas-Walker attended graduate school on an Enrichment Fellowship and as a Graduate Assistant at The Ohio State University where she earned her M.F.A. in Dance in 1999.  While a student at OSU, she was awarded several grants to support her travel and research of dances in Madagascar.  As a performer, Nicholas-Walker has had the pleasure of performing with D.C. Dance Theater, Even Exchange Dance Theater and performing the work of Liz Lerman, Gesel Mason, Valerie Alpert, Talani Torres and others.  Her choreography has been awarded an NCDA Choreographic Fellowship, selected for the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour, and performed by several college dance programs and professional dance companies.  As an arts administrator, Nicholas-Walker has worked as the Regional Coordinator for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, the Outreach Coordinator at Howard Community College and the Administrative Director of two dance companies, including her own, NickWalk Dance Project.  As an instructor in higher education, Nicholas-Walker has taught in the dance programs at George Mason University, California State University Long Beach, Meredith College, Community College of Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She was selected as the 2013 Inspiring Adjunct and the 2014 Inspiring Faculty Member at Howard Community College where she is currently an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance.


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