Collin Dance Ensemble
Collin Dance Ensemble (CDE) is the student dance company at Collin College. Under the direction of Tiffanee Arnold, this vibrant company performs innovative contemporary modern dance with the goal to produce dance works at the highest level of artistic excellence. The company tours throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the state performing in local concerts and festivals, in addition to presenting lecture demonstrations in elementary schools and high schools. CDE attends the annual American College Dance Association Conference, where the company has been selected for Gala Performances at the regional festivals nine times.
Each fall Collin Dance Ensemble hosts Dance Fusion, a dance event featuring professional dance companies and prestigious university dance programs. These invited artists and companies perform with CDE, exposing students and the community to various dance styles and higher education dance programs. CDE also hosts an annual spring concert that features choreography by guest artists, Collin College dance faculty, and students.
Dancers involved in CDE have worked with professional dance companies and artists including Darby Wilde from Illinois, jhon r. stronks from Houston, Janice Garrett & Dancers from San Francisco, Battleworks Dance Company dancers from New York, Pilobolus Too from Connecticut, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble from Michigan, and Elledanceworks Dance Company from Dallas.
Collin Dance Ensemble dancers must be current students at Collin College and many work and go to school full time. Dance auditions for CDE are typically held on the Saturday, one week prior to the start of the fall semester.
Selection for CDE is a yearlong commitment. Students must be enrolled at Collin College
for both the fall and spring semesters.
A ballet or modern class and a performance class is required for all company members. The ballet or modern class is scheduled on an individual basis based on the company member's technique level. Dancers interested in Collin Dance Ensemble must have Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm free for class and rehearsals.
You must attend the scheduled audition time. There are no opportunities to make up the audition. You should arrive EARLY to the audition to fill out paperwork and you MUST arrive warmed up and ready to dance. You will not be given a warm up. You must be enrolled at Collin College as a part-time or full-time student during both fall and spring semesters.
You will be taught a series of combinations focusing on different movement qualities. You will be placed into groups to perform each combination. Some dancers may be interviewed.
Plan on staying at least 3-4 hours. You should arrive early (30 minutes – 1 hour) to complete the audition registration form. Please be warmed up and ready to dance. The audition starts promptly at 10am with completed registration forms. If you arrive late, you are unable to audition.
There is no required audition attire. Please wear appropriate dance clothing. Since CDE is a modern dance company, dancing barefoot is preferred.