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 Dance Performance

Welcome to the Dance Department at Howard Community College.

The HCC Dance Program is a unique program designed to provide students, dance majors and non-majors, with a comprehensive and diverse education in dance with classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Ballroom and Latin Dance, Hip-Hop, Dance Improvisation and more.

For those who wish to pursue an A.A degree in Dance, we offer a rigorous and focused education which prepares a dance major for transfer into a BA, BS, or BFA program at a four-year college or university. We have dance faculty dedicated to assessing student progress in order to meet individual needs and offer master classes taught by renowned guest teachers.  HCC students of dance also have opportunities for performance including outreach projects, students choreography showcases, Howard County Community Dance Festival and Arts Collective Dance Company Concerts.

Please check our Calendar/Events for information on upcoming dance concerts, programs, workshops, and auditions. Dance Department workshops and auditions are open to all HCC students. If you have any questions, please contact Renée Brozic Barger, Acting Chair of Dance and Theatre, at or Joan Nicholas-Walker, Coordinator of Dance at

Our two dance studios, the Kelemen Studio and the Reparius Studio, are located in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Building. Please find directions to the campus here

We look forward to seeing you in our dance studios.


Renée Brozic Barger, Acting Chair of Dance and Theatre Department
Assistant Professor, Dance

Joan Nicholas-Walker, Coordinator of Dance Program
Assistant Professor, Dance

Elizabeth Higgins, Events and Outreach Specialist
Assistant Professor, Dance


Jessica Beach, Ballet and Jazz
Launa Naimah Dixon, Belly Dance
Mat Elder, Modern Dance
Carolyn Keleman, Dance History and Criticism
Alex Krebs, Jazz
Desiree Kootz-Nachtrieb, Introduction to Dance and Dance Appreciation
Ama Law, Hip Hop Dance
John Stapleton, Ballet and Contemporary Partnering


Past Adjunct Instructors include:

Laurie Anderson
Ronald Burton
Adrienne Clancy
Stacey Claytor
Ray Hatch
Lester Holmes
Stephanie Yezek Jolivet
Nicole Y. McClam
Jade Treadwell
Aysha Upchurch
Trent Williams, Jr.


Valerie Alpert
Kate Jordan Augusto
Alberto Del Saz
Mat Elder
Sarah Ewing
Courtney Greer
Natalie Marrone
Joseph Ritsch
Susan Shields
Daniel Phoenix Singh
Talani Torres
Helanius Wilkens
Lauren Lloyd Withart

HCC Dance alumni have transferred to the following dance programs: Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY), VCU (Richmond, VA), Towson University (Towson, MD), University of Maryland Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD), University of Maryland College Park (College Park, MD), AMDA (New York, New York)