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Jazz Concentration

Students in the jazz program will train in both contemporary and traditional jazz, which is based on musical theatre styles. The program consists of 10 levels of training, and placement is based on your technical ability at the time you enter the program. With each level, you’ll progress in your physical, spatial and kinetic awareness.

The goal of the jazz program is to encourage personal expression and stylistic exploration, with an emphasis on isolations, jumps, movement across the floor, challenging combinations and a sense of musicality.

You will benefit from working with resident faculty, as well as guest teaching artists and choreographers. The full-time faculty have worked at dance companies around the world, and guest artists and choreographers regularly come to campus to conduct master classes and workshops.

Degrees Offered

Point Park offers a B.A. and B.F.A. in dance with a concentration in jazz. Learn more about the degree requirements and difference between the B.A. and B.F.A. programs.

Jazz Courses

You will receive a well-rounded education through the core curriculum and classes in your major. Some courses in the jazz concentration include:

  • Analysis of Dance Technique
  • Body Alignment
  • Contemporary Partnering
  • Dance Composition
  • History of Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Kinesiology


Alumni of Point Park's jazz program have gone on to work at companies across the country. Examples include:

  • August Wilson Dance Co.
  • Dance Alloy
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.
  • Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
  • Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
  • Thodos Dance Chicago