Pre-Collegiate Program


Pre-Collegiate Youth Ensemble (ages 14-18)

Designed for the advanced dancer, the Pre-Collegiate Youth Ensemble program is by audition only. It offers students the opportunity to work closely with TU's Dance Department faculty to refine technique and expand their artistic voice and knowledge in order to prepare them for collegiate acceptance and entrance. Mentorship with current TU Dance majors allows students first hand experience in collegiate expectations with masterclasses, performance and choreographic studies.

Junior Pre-Collegiate Youth Ensemble (ages 11-14)

Modeled and developed for the serious dancer to acquire more in-depth training and focus in preparation for acceptance into the Pre-Collegiate Youth Ensemble. Classes will concentrate on building foundational technique, strength and discipline. Junior Pre-Collegiate Youth Ensemble students are required to take a minimum of 4 classes per week. Director's approval is required for entrance.


Unparalleled in providing performance opportunities for the pre-professional dancer throughout the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area with unfiltered guidance of performance and choreography training by TU Dance Department faculty, professional dance companies, and professional guest artists.

Performance Opportunities

  • Towson University Dance Department fall concert
  • Touring professional dance company opening piece

                                      -Company E (Washington, DC) - 2014

                                      -Koresh Dance Company (Philadelphia, PA) - 2015, 2019

                                      -ZviDance (New York, NY) - 2016

                                      -Philadanco (Philadelphia, PA) - 2017

                                      -Axis Dance Company (Oakland, CA) - 2018

  • National Honor Society for Dance Arts student-produced choreographic concert
  • Towsontown Festival (Junior Pre-Collegiate only)

National Honor Society for Dance Arts- Secondary Program

As of Spring 2012, TUCD is Chapter 127 of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, in the Secondary Program, which covers middle school- and high school- aged students. At TUCD, Honor Society membership is available to students in either the Junior Pre-Collegiate or the Pre-Collegiate program and will afford participants the ability to graduate high school with official honors bestowed by the National Dance Education Organization. For more information on the NHSDA, please visit its page on the NDEO website.

Higher-Ed Dance Program Acceptance

Towson University

North Carolina School for the Arts

Marymount Manhattan College

Boston Conservatory

University of the Arts

George Mason University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Howard University

Joffrey Ballet School - New York

California Institute of the Arts

Ohio State University 


Summer Intensive Program Acceptance

The Ailey School

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

The Rock School

Joffrey Ballet School

Memphis Ballet

Nashville Ballet

Bates Dance Festival

George Mason University

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Ruth Page Center for the Arts


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FAX: 410-704-3752