Where will QCC Dance Take Me?

Queensborough Community College Dance Program offers intensive study in concert dance forms for students majoring in dance through the Visual and Performing Arts Major (VAPA Academy). If you have a passion for dance and are ready to work hard QCC is a great place to begin your college career.

Where can I go after QCC?

In recent years graduates from QCC dance program have gone on to pursue BFA and BA degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University, Rutgers University, Hofstra University, LIU Brooklyn, Adelphi University, Hunter College and Queens College.

What kinds of careers does QCC prepare me for?

QCC students are preparing for careers as performers, choreographers, dance teachers, dance writers, dance therapists, arts administrators and more.

Alumni Achievements

QCC graduates have performed in numerous concert and commercial dance companies and with choreographers such as Ping Chong and Tina Thompson. Our graduates teach dance for numerous organizations such as the Police Athletic League, community arts organizations and private studios. They teach Pilates, GYROTONIC and work in many dance related fields such as arts management, dance therapy and arts journalism.

Performing Opportunities

Will I get to perform while at QCC?

Yes, we have a number of performing opportunities for our dance students:

Dance Workshop
Students are selected by audition to perform dances by internationally known guest artists and faculty in our Dance Workshop course. The dances are rehearsed in January, and throughout the spring semester and performed in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in May. Students also choreograph their own works and audition them to be included in the concerts.

Opera and Dance Gala
Each fall QCC dance faculty create original dances on selected students to be performed in a music and opera gala with a full, live orchestra and singers in Astoria in October.

Faculty and Guests
What Dance Artists will I get to work with at QCC?

Guest Artists

In recent years our students have performed dances by the following internationally known choreographers:
Robert Battle (Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)
Jowale Willa Jo Zollar (Director of Urban Bush Women)
Paul Taylor
Anna Sokolow
Keith Thompson
Malcolm Jason Low

Our full-time, studio faculty members are working artists with active careers as choreographers and performers in New York City.  Emily Berry directs B3W Performance Group (www.b3w.org) and Aviva Geismar directs Drastic Action (www.drasticaction.org). Our adjunct faculty members (Judy Moss, Erika Pujic, Julie Tice and Josef Woodson) have danced with such internationally known choreographers and dance companies as Robert Battle, Paul Taylor, Ailey II, Donald Byrd, Paul Sansardo and Dan Wagoner.


"I can honestly say attending Queensborough has been one of the best decisions I've made as far as working towards becoming a professional dancer. Not only was I able to perform the work of some great names such as Robert Battle and Urban Bush Women, I was able to work closely with the faculty in the dance department who showed how much they cared about my dancing as well as (about) me as a person." - Shayna Wheatley, dancer and dance teacher

"As a dancer major at QCC I was able to build my technique, understanding (of) the body, and educate myself in the history of dance. I was able to find my own voice through my movements." - Lizbeth Rosa, graduate Hofstra University, BA in Dance Education, Dance Director & Counselor, Freeport Pride Creative Arts

"Every dance professor I had at Queensborough Community College pushed me farther than I saw… (myself) going…. by the end of a 3 year period the exponential amount of information, knowledge and experience I have gained serves me to this day as a Dance Specialist for the Police Athletic League..." (and a performer with choreographers such as Ping Chong and Tina Thompson.) - Simeon Pollydore, dancer and dance teacher

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Courses offered:

Studio courses
Modern Dance (multiple levels)
Ballet (multiple levels)
African and Afro Cuban Dance
Jazz Dance
Music Video Dance
Musical Theater Dance
Latin Dance
Dance Workshop
Dance in the 20th Century
Theory and Practice of Modern Dance
Modern Dance Improvisation
Contact Improvisation
Dance on Stage and Film
Special Topics in Modern Dance

Lecture and Discussion Classes
Introduction to the Art of Dance
Dance in the 20th Century
Dance on Stage and Film
History of African Dance Forms
Foundations of Dance Movement (involves studio time as well)

Queensborough's Visual and Performing Arts - Associate in Science (AS) degree program page

Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.