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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 5 days a week, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and include training in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Contemporary technique, as well as studies in Dance Science, Dance History and Composition. Each class is a graded, academic class that is included in tuition for John Carroll students. The College Preparatory Dance Program provides students with two main stage performance opportunities a year, and the opportunity to be inducted into the National Dance Honor Society. Guest artists as well as a variety of symposiums are provided throughout the year to enhance the John Carroll School Dance experience, as well as to provide dance educational opportunities to the community. There is no other institutional program like it in the area.

As this program is intended for students with an existing background in dance, an audition is required to enter into the dance program. Dance Educator, Mrs. Laura Ward-Moran, former owner of Maryland School of Ballet & Modern Dance, is heading up the Dance Program at John Carroll.    

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

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



Important Dates 2017-2018 for Prospective JC Dancers to Attend

  • Saturday, November 11th - Fall Dance Concert and Reception
    The fall College Preparatory Dance Program dance concert is being held on Saturday, November 11th. The dance concert begins at 2 p.m. with a show in the Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Brown Room at 3:30 p.m. All prospective dancers for the 2018/19 school year will be encouraged to attend the show and will be invited to the reception to talk with the current dancers, their families and Dance Educator, Mrs. Ward-Moran. Register for the Reception.
  • December 27-28th - Winter Dance Community Workshop
    Join us at The John Carroll School to explore two days of outstanding training from the areas most sought-after instructors in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, and Contemporary. Dancers will be grouped by level. A minimum of three years prior ballet training is required. This two-day workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for all dancers, ages 9-19. The fee for the workshop is $129 (includes both days). Please contact the workshop Director and JCS Dance Educator, Laura Ward-Moran for any questions. Please complete the Waiver and Health History forms for the Workshop and bring the completed forms to the first day of the workshop. The Winter Dance Community Workshop hasreachedd maximum capacity.

  • January 6th - 2018/2019 College Preparatory Dance Auditions
    Auditions for the 2018/19 school year will be held on January 6th in the auditorium from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Register for the College Preparatory Dance Program Auditions.



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.