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Audition Information: Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC)

Directed by Joan Nicholas-Walker

AC’s Dance Company (ACDC) is proud to present its 8th 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.


Open Auditions:  Auditions are open to all dancers, ages 16 and up. Current and past HCC students and guest artists are invited to audition (with all levels of experience).

Audition Date, Time, Location:
  • Sunday, October 20, 12:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Location: HCC’s HVPA 115 (Dance Studio)

    * Attend ACDC’s Audition Info Session:
          Friday, Oct. 4, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Audition Forms:

View and Download the following documents:

Audition Sign-Up Information:

#1: Preferred - Sign-up to audition in advance!
  • Visit AC's Office in HVPA 126 between 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Sign-up early; October 20 is the only audition date offered.
  • No phone calls please.
#2: Stop by the Audition - Dancers are welcome to audition without signing
up in advance, in HCC's HVPA 115 (Dance Studio). Arrive at 12pm!
Please email special audition requests and cancellations
48 hours in advance to: ARTSCOLLECTIVE@HOWARDCC.EDU

Audition Details:


Following the guidelines outlined in ACDC's AUDITION DETAILS (available above and in AC's Office) is a part of your audition.


THEME: Under consideration, however, many dance styles will be included!

THE COMPANY: ACDC will consist of approximately. 14 dancers, ages 16 & up.


  • All current and past HCC students as well as guest artists are eligible.
  • Auditionees need not be an HCC Dance Major; however, all must be taking a ballet, modern, or jazz class during Spring of 2014, to ensure fitness & stamina.


  • Auditions will consist of a few phrases of movement (contemporary/ modern, etc.).
  • For Best Consideration:
    1. Bring a 1 page resume, listing experiences/training and recent photo.
    2. Arrive dressed in your professional best. No jewelry. Auditionees will be dancing barefoot but are welcome to bring all dance shoes.
    3. Arrive prepared and ready to WORK! Registration/self-warm-up will take place at 12:00pm. The audition begins promptly at 12:30pm with a group warm-up. Late arrival is frowned upon unless previously communicated and approved:
    4. Dancers cast must be willing to register for HCC's Dance Repertory during the spring session.

SHOWS: 4 PERFORMANCES, MARCH 6- 8, 2014, in HCC's Smith Theatre (View performance schedule)


ARTS COLLECTIVE (AC) is a force to be reckoned with... entirely committed to offering diverse, awe-inspiring works across all genres – plays, musicals, improvisation, dance and more!

"Established in 1994, AC is a professionally run organization all about supporting, nurturing and fusing collaborative relationships between all artists, from students to professionals - on and off the stage - to Howard County and beyond.  Everyone!
"Celebrate AC's artistic bravery and unique learning environment!  Cliffjump with AC... don't miss the magic!

About HCC’s Dance Program:

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 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 Director of Dance, Joan Nicholas-Walker by e-mail:

About the Director:

Joan Nicholas-Walker (Director) 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, Clair 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 a 2013 Inspiring Adjunct at Howard Community College where she is currently the Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance.