Collin Dance Ensemble (CDE)is the resident student dance company at Collin College. Under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold, this vibrant company performs innovative contemporary modern dance with the goal to produce dance works at the highest level of artistic excellence. The company tours throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area performing in local concerts, festivals, and lecture demonstrations in addition to attending the annual American College Dance Festival. CDE has been selected for the Gala Performance at the regional festivals seven times, most notably performing Janice Garrett’s Hither Thither (excerpts) in New York City at the American College National Dance Festival.
Each fall Collin Dance Ensemble hosts Dance Fusion, a dance event featuring professional dance companies. These invited artists and companies perform with CDE, exposing students and the community to various dance styles and dance companies. CDE also hosts an annual spring concert that features choreography by guest artists, Collin College dance faculty, and students.
Dancers involved in CDE have had the opportunity to work with professional dance companies and artists including: john r. storks, Cheryl Chaddick Dance Theatre, Janice Garrett & Dancers, Battleworks Dance Company, Pilobolus Too, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Elledanceworks Dance Company and Taylor 2 of Paul Taylor Dance Company.
In addition to Collin Dance Ensemble, Collin College's dance program has a strong reputation for excellence in dance education, choreography, and performance, propelling students into prestigious university dance programs such as: Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman's University, The Ohio State University, Sam Houston State University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University. The associate of arts degree with electives in dance curriculum includes multiple levels of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, dance appreciation, improvisation, choreography, performance, Pilates/Anatomy for Dancers and special topics courses in World Dance, Latin Ballroom, pointe, ballet variations and more.
Collin College's dance program is also home to Elledanceworks Dance Company, the professional dance company-in-residence. This partnership fosters community classes, choreography and hands on experience with a professional dance company.
Collin Dance Ensemble at Dance Fusion
John Anthony Theatre
Friday, November 7, 2015 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 8, 2015 @ 2pm & 8pm
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