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4 Performances March 5-8, 2015

Assistant Director: Liz Higgins

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. A euphoric celebration inside DANCE and imagination! A tremendous experience for all dancers ages 16 and up! (Learn more about ACDC and HCC's Dance Program: Click here!)

Choreographers for ACDC 2014-2015 Season:
Renée Barger, Jessica Beach, Mat Elder, Elizabeth Higgins, Natalie Marrone, Joan Nicholas-Walker, Joseph Ritsch

Cast List/Dancers: Posted approximately October 25 


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ACDC’s 2015 Dance Concert Works include: Posted Soon!

ACDC 2014-2015 CAST LIST:
ACDC's management extends armfuls of appreciation to all of the gifted dancers who participated in our audition process! 

We are pleased to announce ACDC's 9th Season Cast List:

Morgan Anderson
Divyang Baria
Madison Bramley
Emily Fuller
Kylie Giglio
Raisa Grant
Chelsea Green
Bree Hardy
Ricki Huff
Lexci Johnson
Alyssa Keating
Alex Krebs
Terry Oxendine
Ciarra Phillip
Paula Quinteros
Aria Rucker
Elizabeth Ryan
Genevieve Simard
Jason Smith
Shamari Taylor
Ashley Terrell
Bria White

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.

About the Assistant Director:
Elizabeth Higgins
is excited to be joining the faculty at Howard Community College as an Assistant Professor of Dance this year.  After relocating to Maryland from NY in 2012, she served as Adjunct Professor at HCC and has collaborated creatively with Silver Spring-based playwright Tom Block.  Her choreographic works have been presented throughout the US, in South America and she is a recipient of the New Moves NY State Choreography Competition and the Turner Choreography Award.  Her company, Elizabeth Higgins Dance Theater, premiered its first season at Joyce SoHo and subsequently her work was chosen as one of the critics' "Best Picks" by Back Stage Magazine.  She served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College from 2003-06 and has taught at several other studios and institutions including Manhattanville College, Sarah Lawrence College, Hunter College, Columbia University, Florida State University, Peridance, the Spence School and the New York City Ballet Education Program. Elizabeth received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University.  As a performer, Ms. Higgins toured nationally and internationally with Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance, Dance Compass, the Brian Brooks Moving Company, Soundance Repertory Company, Pick of the Crop Dance and Don Redlich Dance.  She is currently a member of the Nikolais Legacy Group, the National Dance Education Organization and serves on the Advisory Board of Fuzion Dance Artists. 

About HCC’s Arts Collective: 
Howard Community College's critically-acclaimed Arts Collective is a force to be reckoned with.  Known for being one of area’s most outstanding, collaborative and creatively alive artistic organizations, AC continues its commitment to performers and audiences by offering stellar experiences inside the theatre. On and off the stage, AC supports and fuses collaborative relationships between all artists, from students to professionals. Celebrate AC's artistic bravery and unique learning environment, where anything and everything is possible!

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

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: 

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General Admission: $15
Seniors (60+)/Military:$12
Students: $10

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Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Approximately 1.5 hours with one 15-minute intermission
Age Restrictions: 12 and up.
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Tues-Fri: 12 pm - 6 pm
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443-518-1500 EXT 0


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