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Conservatory of Performing Arts



Modern Program

In our challenging modern dance program, you’ll push your personal boundaries and explore your unique potential for creativity. In addition to traditional movement exercises, you’ll cover the historic background of modern dance.

Student Performances

Students perform in the dance concert at the Byham.

Each year, the Conservatory Dance Company works with dance luminaries and performs at the Byham Theatre in downtown Pittsburgh.
Read about the 2011 performance.

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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 modern. Learn more about the degree requirements and difference between the B.A. and B.F.A. programs.

Modern Dance Course Offerings

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

  • Analysis of Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Dance Styles
  • Contemporary Partnering
  • Dance Composition
  • History of Dance
  • Kinesiology
  • Modern Dance

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the B.A. program guide, B.F.A. program guide and Conservatory of Performing Arts course descriptions.


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

  • Aerial Dance Chicago
  • August Wilson Dance Co.
  • Dance Alloy
  • Dance Kaleidoscope
  • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Houston Metropolitan Dance Company
  • Martha Clarke
  • Parsons Dance
  • Thodos Dance Chicago