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College Preparatory Dance Program

JC College Prep Dance Program

About the Program:

The John Carroll School offers a college preparatory dance program as part of the school curriculum. The program offers superb conservatory level training in an academic setting. Classes are held five days a week from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and include Ballet, Modern and Contemporary Dance Technique, as well as studies in Dance Science, Dance History and Composition. Pointe is held on Ballet days from 4:30-5:00 p.m. Each class is graded and included in tuition for John Carroll students. 

To enhance The John Carroll School Dance experience, each semester one Guest Artist is invited to the school to set his/her work on the dancers; all choreographic work is presented in our annual fall and spring dance concerts. Symposiums and workshops are held on site throughout the year to provide dance educational opportunities for the community.

Field trips, festivals and offsite performance and learning opportunities are provided for the students throughout the year creating the ultimate dance opportunity for our dancers; there is no other institutional program like it in the area. As an Institutional Member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and holding a National Honor Society for Dance Arts Chapter, the dancers also work toward the opportunity for induction into the NHSDA.  

Students will:

  • Train technically and become dedicated dancers
  • Explore the depth of dance through history, science, culture and choreography
  • Work as a company to establish meaningful relationships in and out of the studio
  • Prepare for and pursue dance at the college and university level
  • Enhance skills through performance and workshop opportunities
  • Push their boundaries, find their artistic voice and become the next generation of dancers

As this program is intended for students with an existing background in dance, an audition is required to enter into the dance program. 

If you are interested in being considered for the Dance Program, please contact Laura Ward-Moran at



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Laura Ward-Moran Bio

Laura Ward-Moran grew up in Harford County and received her early dance training from Michelle White Cummings. She graduated from Goucher College in 1999, earning a B.A. degree in Dance Education with Secondary Maryland State Certification. At Goucher, she received superb training from Elizabeth Ahearn, Chrystelle Bond, Laura Dolid, Ken Skrzesz, Andrea Woods and Amanda Thom Woodson. While a student at Goucher, she was the recipient of several scholarships and awards including The Friends of Goucher Dance, The Amy Goldstein Dance Scholarship, The Bond Dance Award and The Summer Studies in Dance Scholarship; her choreography earned her a Phi Beta Kappa award her senior year. She has performed with Howard County Ballet, Choregraphie Antique and Nancy Wanich-Romita and the Moving Company.   

Laura Ward-Moran

With 20+ years teaching experience, she has taught for The St. Paul's School for Girls, The Saint Paul’s Lower School, The Carver after school program, The Goucher Summer Arts Institute, Harford Dance Theatre, Harford Day and The Sudbrook Magnet School Summer Program. Her involvement with dance education goes beyond the classroom, as she was invited as a consultant to write the dance portion of an integrated arts curriculum for the Harford County Public Schools in 1998, and she implemented a dance program for Parkville High School in 1999.  

Mrs. Ward-Moran received her certification as an Authentic Pilates Instructor in New York, NY in 2001, and is a level V+ certified authentic Pilates instructor through Romana’s Pilates, New York, NY. For six years she had the pleasure of teaching Pilates in the Dance Department at Goucher College, and she became the Assistant Director of the Pilates Center, prior to opening her own Pilates studio in Harford County in 2005. In addition, she also spent a valuable summer in Dallas, Texas at Southern Methodist University where she obtained her Fundamentals Certificate in the Language of Dance (Motif), as developed by Ann Hutchinson Guest, and she enjoyed studying closely with LOD instructor, Tina Curran.

Her work in Harford County has been extensive. In July 2001, she opened The Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance, Inc. where for 15 years she successfully built and grew a dance program for children and adults, producing 29 original ballets and modern dance concerts through her school and company, The Maryland Dance Project. Now, as a guest instructor, she continues to teach dance and Pilates, as well as choreograph throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. Ward-Moran has contributed to her community as a panelist, guest speaker, volunteer and columnist with regard to dance, education and business. Most recently, she was interviewed by Lisa Okuhn for an article in Dance Studio Life Magazine about the importance of Mission Statements. She has participated as faculty in the Maryland State Dance Festival, and has served as guest instructor for Open Marley Night at EMC and as an adjudicator for the Susquehanna Youth Ballet

Currently, Mrs. Ward-Moran is the owner of Harford Premier Pilates, LLC, where she teaches 22 hours of Pilates a week to teens and adults of all ages. She is a member of the NDEO, the Maryland Dance Council and the sponsor for the JCS NHSDA Chapter. In 2016, she implemented the College Preparatory Dance Program at The John Carroll School. She enjoys directing and instructing the wonderful students in the program and her priority is helping them achieve their goals.