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? The Dance program at HFC is a great place to begin your training.

Interested in this program?

Why should I choose this program?

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.

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.

Students interested in this program may apply to the Liberal Arts Associate in Arts degree and select the Dance pathway.

What skills will I learn and improve?

  • Self-Discipline
  • Open-Mindedness
  • Perseverance
  • Patience
  • Responsibility
  • Resourcefulness
  • Creativity

What are my career opportunities?

Median Salary

Gaining a foundation in dance will offer many opportunities, including:

  • Performing Artist
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dance Therapist
  • Choreographer
  • Adjudicator of Performances
  • Dance Scientist, Medicine or Somatics
  • Dance Critic
  • Dance Researcher

Program features and benefits

  • Join the Full Circle Dance Company

    This group is currently on hiatus and will be revived in the coming months. Contact the Dance program for further information. You'll have the opportunities to attend the annual trip for the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Regional Festival, external master classes, and professional dance company concerts. You also gain extra choreography and performance experience.

  • Mancinelli Family Dance Scholarship

    This scholarship provides you with funds for tuition and books if you are a dance company member.

Testimonials and Endorsements

Monica B-B.


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 A.


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 T.


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!


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