About Our Program

Do you love to dance, but never had the opportunity to take classes? Would you like to express yourself creatively, develop a skill and improve your fitness through learning a performing art?

If so, then the Dance program at HFC is a great place to begin your training. Our program will help you develop good practice skills, grow in your understanding and appreciation of dance as an art form, and pursue dance as a possible career choice. Through our classes, you will improve your dance skill, fitness, body awareness and control, and you will develop the foundation to pursue industry career options or further education at a four-year college or university program.

The Dance program is available as an Area of Study at HFC. We provide technique classes in ballet, modern (contemporary), jazz, tap and beginning choreography. Through these classes you can improve key fitness components, including strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, and develop creative and aesthetic qualities such as expressiveness and grace. You may also audition for our Full Circle Dance Company, where you will have the opportunity to perform and choreograph for festivals, observe other college dance students and professional company performances, take master classes, engage in service learning and outreach programs, and participate in study trips.

Enroll now in our Dance classes to get started in your training.

Interested in our Program?

  • Join the Full Circle Dance Company
    • Annual trip for the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Regional Festival
    • Attend external master classes
    • Gain extra choreography and performance experience
    • Attend professional dance company concerts
  • Abilities to be successful
    • Self-Discipline
    • Open-Mindedness
    • Perseverance
    • Patience
    • Responsibility
    • Resourcefulness
    • Creativity
  • $35,540 Average Salary

    Average Salary for Dancers and choreographers. Growth estimated at 6% over the next 10 years.

  • Career Opportunities in Dance
    • Performing Artist
    • Dance Instructor
    • Dance Therapist
    • Choreographer
    • Adjudicator of Performances
    • Dance Scientist, Medicine or Somatics
    • Dance Critic
    • Dance Researcher
  • $27 hourly wage

    National median hourly wage for choreographers $27/hour

  • https://www.hfcc.edu/steps/payment/scholarships
    Mancinelli Family Dance Scholarship

    The Mancinelli Family Dance Scholarship provides funds for tuition and books for dance company members.

Student Testimonials

  • Monica Brady Barnard

    Alumna, Wayne State University Student, Choreographer

    I was a member of the Full Circle Dance Company for two years and have been invited back many times to choreograph. When I started in the company, I had only been dancing for one semester and I had been accepted based on the promise the director saw at my audition. During my two years, I took all of the classes I could and being part of the company grew my confidence and ability. I am now a dance major at Wayne State University and I choreograph for multiple high school productions. Without the friendships made and lessons learned at Full Circle, I would not be where I am today. I can’t thank my teachers enough!

  • Lisa Avigne

    Lisa Avigne


    I am forever grateful to Diane Mancinelli and the Full Circle Dance Company (FCDC) at HFC. I can truly say my time at HFC changed my view on life. The Dance Company teaches you more than how to dance. I have learned how to make a high quality work of art, have creative thinking skills, discipline, commitment and a strong work ethic. These skills will move with me through life, even outside of the classroom. I have learned to appreciate the works of people before me and the extensive history of dance. I have learned about anatomy and use of the human body as my instrument. Because of my experience at HFC, I can truly say I am one hundred percent prepared for my future academic endeavors and confident I will succeed. I will always recommend this program to any aspiring dancer.

  • Christopher Thomas


    My experience in the dance company has been amazing. I’ve met so many talented dancers and choreographers through this class. My dance experience, knowledge, skills and networks have grown tremendously thanks to Ms. Mancinelli and her teachers!

Featured Courses


Lists the faculty associated with this program and their contact information.
Name Credentials Email
Thomas Berryman
Assistant to the Associate Dean School of Liberal Arts
B.S., Eastern Michigan University*; M.A., Eastern Michigan University* berryman@hfcc.edu
Steven Glazer
FT Faculty - Ceramics
B.F.A., Eastern Michigan University*; M.A., Central Michigan University*; M.F.A., Central Michigan University*; M.F.A., Indiana State University sglazer@hfcc.edu