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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



Important Dates for Prospective JC Dancers to Attend



Laura Ward-Moran Bio

Laura Ward-Moran received a BA in Dance Education with Secondary Certification in 1999 from Goucher College. While a student at Goucher, she earned several scholarships including the Friends of Goucher Dance, the Amy Goldstein Dance Scholarship, the Bond Dance Award, the Summer Studies in Dance and a Phi Beta Kappa award for her choreography. Upon graduation, she performed throughout Maryland with ballet and modern dance companies Howard County Ballet and Nancy Wanich-Romita and the Moving Company, then, spent her time in New York, NY to pursue her Authentic Pilates Certification.   

Laura Ward-Moran

While choreographing and dancing throughout Maryland, she served as a faculty member of the St. Paul's School for Girls, the Saint Paul’s Lower School, the Carver Center after-school program, the Goucher Summer Arts Institute, Harford Dance Theatre and the Sudbrook Magnet School Summer Program. Her involvement with dance education goes beyond the classroom, as she was invited to write the dance portion of an integrated arts curriculum for the Harford County Public Schools in 1998, and implemented a dance program for Parkville High School in 1999. 

Mrs. Ward-Moran was certified as an Authentic Pilates Instructor, NY, NY in 2001. Currently, she is a level V+ certified authentic Pilates instructor through Romana’s Pilates, NY. For six years she had the pleasure of teaching Pilates in the Dance Department for Goucher College, and she became the assistant to the 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, TX where she obtained her Fundamentals Certificate in the Language of Dance (Motif), as developed by Ann Hutchinson Guest, and enjoyed studying closely with LOD instructor, Tina Curran. Her time in NY and TX exposed her to dance outside of MD, and added depth to her teaching through the variety of active professional dancers she was privileged to train and dance with during that time.  

Her work in Harford County has been extensive. In July 2001, Mrs. Ward-Moran opened the Maryland School of Ballet and Modern Dance, Inc. where she successfully built and grew a dance program for children and adults for 15 years 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, Pilates, and choreograph throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania and mentors students ages 6-18 to prepare them for dance beyond high school. She is known for teaching dance from an anatomically correct perspective, and prides herself with a teaching style heavily influenced by injury prevention and proper body alignment. Mrs. Ward-Moran found her niche as an individual who is highly capable of preparing dancers for College. Many of her students have gone on to prestigious college programs including George Mason University, James Madison University, Goucher College, Boston University, Towson University, UMBC and The University of Arizona. Today, you can find her former students dancing and teaching throughout the country!

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, and was selected as faculty for the 2015 Maryland State Dance Festival. Currently, Mrs. Ward-Moran is the owner of Harford Premier Pilates, LLC, and is also delighted to put her skills to work for The John Carroll School where in 2016 she implemented, and now instructs, the College Preparatory Dance Program.