Bravo Dance

Hours and Location
Thu-Fri6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Phys Ed Complex
Rm 212

BRAVO! Community Youth Dance

Summer Youth Dance Program

Coppin State University Summer Youth Dance Program Africa, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Pilates, Yoga and more!

AGES: 7-14 years with some dance experience

SESSION I: June 23-July 4, 2014
SESSION II: July 7-18, 2014

TUITION: $165.00 PER SESSION (2 weeks)

Weekly before care=$20 (7:30-8:45 A.M.)
Weekly after care=$20 (4:15-5:45 P.M.)
Weekly before and after care=$35 (per week)

Send a $50 deposit with your child's name, age and contact information to Coppin Dance Program, 2500 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland, 21216 by June 1, 2014.

For more information or register your child, contact Professor Coles at or 410-951-3355.

2013-14 BRAVO! Youth Dance Program begins on Thursday, August 22, 2013. Continuous enrollment is accepted based on availability! Coppin Dance Program has the right to cancel any classes due to low enrollment.

Class Offerings: (Ages 5 ½ through Adults)

African-based Techniques
Modern Dance
Hip Hop

Mail-In Registration Process:

Mail-in registration applications is accepted. Parents should complete the registration form with ½ of the first month's tuition fee (see tuition payment plan for more information).

Send application and tuition to:

Coppin State University Dance Program
2500 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216

Registration Hours: Effective, August 22, 2013

Thursday 5:30-7:30 p.m., Physical Education Complex, Room 212
Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m., Physical Education Complex, Room 212
Saturday 11-1:30, Physical Education Complex, Room 212


Cash, checks or money order ($35.00 return check or non-payment fee applies).

Contact Vanessa Coles, Director of Dance, at or (410) 951-3355 for more information. Classes are available for children ages 5 through adults.

Directions to PEC Dance Studio

Classes are held in the Physical Education Complex. Enter the (white brick building) off of Warwick Avenue, and take the elevator to the 2nd floor.

Program Dates:

September 12, 2013 - May 10, 2014

Program Ages:

1st grade students through adults (with or without prior dance experiences)

Program Description:

The Coppin State University (CSU) Dance Program is pleased to offer both a community dance program for ages 5 ½ through adults and the Bravo! Dance Training Program for students interested exploring professional dance as a career.

BRAVO! Dance offers several learning tracks:

  1. Intensive Dance Program is for serious dancer ages 11- adults. Students are required to register for at least 2-3 classes per week depending on age (1 class must be either modern dance and/or ballet) and are invited/asked to join the Intensive Dance Company.
  2. Community Dance Initiative is for student ages 5- adults. These students are not required to register for a certain number of classes.
  3. The Bravo! Dance Company. Participation is by audition only. Students are required to register for 2-3 classes per week and pay the dance company ($50.00 per month).* Students ages 8 + are invited to join either the BRAVO! Youth Dance Company or Intensive Dance Company.
  4. Students ages 8 and above may join the Musical Theater Company by registering for  musical theater, jazz and tap classes to participate in the program.*

Any student who drops a class or discontinues any courses will be dismissed from the dance company.

*Students will also attend classes in New York for a day. Date to be determined by the parent committee. Community Dance Initiative students may attend based on availability.

Program Mission:

The mission of the Bravo! Dance Training Program is to provide multi-faceted dance training that will prepare students to pursue dance majors at the university level, to perform in professional or community dance companies, or simply to enjoy dance as an essential and healthful aspect of their daily lives. The program strives to offer the best in dance training at a competitive tuition rate. All courses will follow the university model, including a syllabus that emphasizes objectives and course expectations.


  • Dance: Students are able to perform movement skills efficiently taught through effective training and professional development opportunities;
  • Health: Students are able to discuss the impact of anatomical awareness as a learning tool for advancement;
  • Education: Students are able to demonstrate accurate movement memorization through good study habits and problem solving skills;
  • Motivation: Students are able to utilize movement language as a form of self-expression and self-motivation for learning and achieving excellence;
  • Social: Students are able to perform improvisation and structured choreographic group activities;
  • Collaboration: Students are able to incorporate a keen sense of musical accompaniment and theater presentation as it relates to artistic performance, both inside and outside of the classroom;
  • Cognitive: Students are able to evaluate their progress in the areas of good physical habits, social relationships and intellectual attainment;
  • Language Arts: Students are able to discuss criteria for making aesthetic judgments about dance;
  • Global Relations: Students are able to discuss dance /movement as a vehicle for cultural, historical, political and social phenomena
  • Technology: Students are able to utilize technology as a resource for research projects and other written assignments.
  • For more information, contact Professor Coles at or 410-951-3355 at any time.

BRAVO! Dance Training Program Audition Information:

Class Selection Process:

Students are assigned to various movement levels based on their age, prior dance experience as well as their teacher movement assessment held during the first couple of weeks in the semesters.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Attendance Policy: Students are asked to attend all classes and rehearsals- without an exception!  Parents are urged to take into consideration classes and rehearsals when scheduling their children for appointments and when planning family vacations. Excessive absences (2 or more non-academic absences) will result in a student being asked to leave the program. Students are not allowed to miss rehearsals in preparation for a performance without being dismissed from the next performance opportunity and/or dismissed from a one to 2 dances in the next appropriate concert performance! Consistent attendance is vital in maintaining mastery of dance technique. Dance is a physical activity that requires consistent weekly training to establish muscle strength and muscle memory.

Rehearsals Policy: Students must attend all scheduled rehearsals. It is imperative that all dancers are attending every rehearsal to achieve the level necessary for a public performance. It is very difficult for fellow dancers to work on a piece without everyone present. It is not about how well your child knows their particular part, but how much your child’s placement can affects the other children. It is also very difficult for your child’s choreographer to create a good piece when students miss classes and rehearsals. Participation in any of the Student Ensembles requires consistent attendance to all rehearsals as scheduled. Two excused absences during the School year are allowed (otherwise students are dismissed for additional non-academic absences)

Bulletin Board: Check the Dance Bulletin Board outside of the Dance Studio each week for announcements or website for updates.

Classroom Etiquette: Excessive talking during class and rehearsals is discouraged with the occasional question welcomed and indicated by the students' raising of their hand. Students who are disruptive to the teaching and learning process will be asked to observe class so that others may continue their work. The instructor has the right to dismiss disruptive students from their class, and/or request a student-parent conference prior to readmitting the student. No refunds. Make up classes are held during the week of January 9-11, 2014. Students may attend any class offered during make-up week for any classes missed during the fall session.  There is no make-up sessions during the spring session due to the number of extra rehearsals leading to the concert and the requirements are that students should not miss classes during this intense period unless approved by your child’s teachers with the support of the director.

Student Classroom and Rehearsal Expectations:

  • Arrive on time for the start of class and remain until the class is over.
  • Students 10 minutes or more late will watch the class;
  • Cell phones and pagers are not allowed in the dance studio.
  • Refrain from talking during class.
  • Food or drinks (except water) are not allowed in the dance studios.
  • Dance attire is required for all dance classes and rehearsals.

Parent Conference: Parents are welcome to schedule a conference with their child's teacher or the director of the school at any time. Please email the school administrator at to schedule an appointment. We ask that you do not confront the instructors before or after classes with questions, but instead email the dance office. Our capable staff may be able to answer your questions or you can schedule an appointment to meet with your child's instructor.

Dress Code: All dress code requirements are mandatory in every level of the school. Students must wear their dance attire to participate in classes. Please do not wear your dance shoes outdoors.

Ballet: Royal blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.

Modern: Royal blue leotard, footless tights, and bare feet.

Jazz and Musical Theater: Royal blue leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz or jazz sneakers shoes.

Tap Dance: Royal blue leotard, black jazz pants, black tap shoes.

Hip Hop: T-shirt, hip-hop style pants and jazz sneakers or jazz shoes.

Note: All hair must be pulled back securely away from the face for ALL classes.

Email Notifications: The School frequently sends information by email about upcoming events at the school. Be sure to list your email address clearly on your registration form so that we can keep you informed and updated during the year. Contact the dance office if you have not received "welcome to the program" email confirming your address.

Pre-Pointe/Pointe Classes: Students are selected for Pre-Pointe work usually around the age 11 or 12 who are strong enough physically and demonstrates advanced enough technique to begin Pointe work. It is much wiser to wait until the appropriate time when the student is physically ready and can achieve the anticipated results. Some students are invited to register for the class however they may or may not perform on Pointe for the spring concert.

Note:  It can be dangerous to start a student on Pointe too early in their training process. The student must have a thorough understanding of proper body alignment as well as ankle, foot, leg and abdominal strength to prevent injury or the development of chronic conditions such as tendonitis.

Make-up Classes: There are neither make-up classes offered nor refunds for missed classes or dismissal from the program, etc.

Parent Observation: (December 12-14, 2013) Parents and other individuals interested in viewing students as they train are invited inside the studios to observe classes during Parent Visiting weeks. Please check the School calendar for the scheduled dates. To minimize distraction for our students and to allow our faculty to do the best job possible in the training of your child, please refrain from observing class through doorways or windows during non-observation weeks. Our goal is to keep your child focused so that they can maximize their class experience and continue to progress effectively through the required syllabus. Visiting weeks are intended for parents, relatives and older siblings who are able to understand classroom etiquette. Turn off cell phones, and reframe from talking during the class. Please do not bring visitors to the program during your regular class periods. More information will be provided prior to December, 2014.

School Closings Due to Inclement Weather: Contact the dance office at 410-951-3355 for information regarding closings due to inclement weather. Generally, classes are cancelled when the university is closed and/or Baltimore County Schools are closed.

School Holiday Closings: Generally speaking, the program follows the university calendar for holidays and semester breaks except fall classes begin two weeks after the beginning of the academic schedule while winter classes normally begin two weeks prior to the beginning of the academic schedule in January. Classes are offered September through May.

Tardiness: Students are expected to arrive on time for the start of classes and rehearsals. In the interest of injury prevention, students who arrive ten or more minutes late for class will be asked to observe class that day.

Tuition: Payments and registration fees are required before the first day of classes. Students will not be allowed to participate in classes or performances unless tuition is paid.

Fall Payment Plan: September-December (include costume fee)

Spring Payment Plan: January- April (Include 2 dance concert tickets)

Note: You are committed to a 30-week program, which requires payment both in the fall and spring sessions. In case of an emergency, other arrangements can be discussed, and all withdrawals from the program must be in written form hand-delivered to the dance office (you will receive a receipt and payment stop date).

Spring Concert: The spring dance concert is scheduled for May 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium on the campus of Coppin State University (North Avenue Entrance).

For more information, contact Professor Coles at or 410-951-3355 at any time.