About Us

The Dance Conservatory of Maryland has been training dancers in Harford County, Maryland since it was founded in 1996. Since this time, DCM has grown to be a school that embraces all dance disciplines and offers classes in all styles of dance with a pre-professional ballet program of the highest quality. 

DCM is conveniently located 3 miles south of Bel Air at the beautiful 40-acre historic Millstad Property on Whitaker Mill Road. The DCM campus offers a friendly and positive environment, free of distractions and optimal for learning and enjoying the art of dance. Classes are held in the Headquarters Building and newly renovated Studio Theater Building, totaling 5,500 square feet. The DCM facilities include two dance studios, a studio theater with sprung floors and a spacious lobby for parents and students to wait while classes are in session.  The school office is located in the Headquarters Building.

The Dance Conservatory of Maryland offers classes for all ages and levels of interest. DCM has a recreational program which offers the very best dance training for students ages 2 through adult in a friendly and positive learning environment. The Dance Conservatory of Maryland also offers a pre-professional training program for ballet students who attend classes multiple times per week. Students at the Dance Conservatory of Maryland have the opportunity to participate in professional productions with the Harford Ballet company as well as informal presentations at the studio theater and other venues throughout the community.

At the Dance Conservatory of Maryland, we take pride in our training philosophy that encompasses a 'whole-student' approach designed to:

• Promote the highest standards of classroom behavior.
• Assist students’ discovery of their strengths and challenges.
• Provide professional performance opportunities through the Ballet Chesapeake, a non-profit ballet company.
• Create a nurturing and professional atmosphere which supports leadership, mentorship and friendships.A dancer at the Dance Conservatory of Maryland can perform professionally, earn scholarships to major professional schools, colleges and universities, and enrich the artistic and cultural life of the community. Already dancers from our training have been accepted at the following reputable schools for their dance talent:

American Ballet Theater, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffery Ballet, The Rock School, South Carolina University, Baltimore School for the Arts, Julliard School, Goucher College, Mercyhurst College, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, Dayton Ballet II, Ballet Austin, First State Ballet Theater, Nutmeg Conservatory, Towson University, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Florida State School of Dance, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Kirov Academy of Ballet and Ballet Theater of Maryland. Students have placed in the top twelve dancers for the Regional Youth America Grand Prix competition and have received scholarships from the Maryland Council for Dance,  Goucher College, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Richmond Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and the Edward Stewart Memorial Scholarship Foundation.