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General Information

Updated: May 23, 2014



Students arriving by air should take a shuttle service to Point Park University, 201 Wood Street (Downtown Pittsburgh.)   Students arriving by bus should take a taxi from the Greyhound Bus terminal to the University.  We are not permitted to pick up any students, due to liability issues.  We recommend Super Shuttle http://www.supershuttle.com

Resident Check-In - Sunday, June 22, 2014

Six-week and three-week resident students should report to the first floor Academic Hall (via Third Avenue entrance), Sunday, June 22, 2014 between the hours of 11 am and 3 p.m. for check-in.  Students who plan to arrive after the above mentioned times should report to the security desk at the entrance for their room key.

Orientation Day – All Students - Monday, June 23, 2014

All students will report on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 9 a.m.  in the Ballroom on the 3rd floor of Lawrence Hall for orientation followed by scheduled placement classes.  Placement classes will run the first two days of the program (Monday & Tuesday).  Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 10:30 to 2:30 on Saturdays. 


Three-week students can check out of the resident rooms on Saturday, July 12, 2014 after 3 p.m.  However, due to schedule and airfare conflicts, students can check out Friday evening or Saturday morning. 
Six-week resident students can check out of their rooms on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 in the morning before noon and after 5 p.m.  All students must check-out on Saturday, August 2, 2014.  

Note that all 6-week students performing in the Saturday performance will be required to be at the theatre from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.  Please schedule airfares after 6 p.m.  

Room Assignments

Room assignments will be made when payment procedures are complete.  Contact information for your assigned roommate(s) will be given prior to arrival.  Residents are encouraged to contact their roommate(s) to become familiar and to arrange who can provide larger room items and/or necessities such as a small refrigerator or television. 


Letters and packages can be sent to the student’s name in care of:

Point Park Summer Dance
Student’s Name
Hall name & Room Number
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15222


  • Eight solid-colored leotards any color (or white t-shirts for men)
  • Nude dance belt (men)
  • Tights for class (ballet pink and black for ladies; black or grey for men)
  • Ballet slippers for class
  • Pointe shoes (Only if taking Pointe Class)  - Three to four pairs if attending 6 weeks
  • Jazz oxfords or boots
  • Tap shoes -  (All students will take Tap class at least 2x a week)

For Performance (6 Week Students Only):

  • Good ballet shoes (pink for ladies; black and white for men).
  • Two pairs of good tights (Danskin 32 footed pink or ballet pink w/ seams for ladies; B&W for men)
  • Nude camisole leotard (ladies) (Not see-through … this is in case of a costume change backstage)

Field Trip Information:

Occasionally, field trips may be scheduled on a few Sundays which all Summer Dance students are welcome to attend, but not required.  Sign-up sheets will be posted the week before the trip for those interested in attending.

Possible Field Trips (with admission cost). Kennywood Amusement Park - $30, Sandcastle Water Park - $25, Wave Pool - $5

Refund Policy:          

Tuition and housing refunds minus the $250 deposit will be given to students only in cases of extreme illness or injury (a doctor’s written verification will be required) that prevents the student from continuing with the program.  Partial tuition credit and housing refunds will be given on a pro-rated basis if illness, injury or family tragedy interrupts and prohibits the student from continuing participation in the program.  A written request must be received no later than a week after interruption of studies.  No refunds will be given to any student who quits the program unless they have a medical excuse prohibiting them from dancing or a family tragedy. 


University Main Number:412-391-4100
Summer Dance Office:412-392-3456
Housing Office (Resident Life):412-392-3824
Susan Stowe, Artistic Director:412-392-3931
Michael Shahen, Program Director:412-392-3457
Health Services:412-392-3960
Box Office:
412-392-8000 ext 0


1-877-932-6644 OR 412-392-3456


The University does not own a parking lot.  However, the City of Pittsburgh has parking lots directly across from the University and within walking distances. 

  • Blvd. Of Allies lot: $9.75 all day – Directly across the street from the University
  • Third Avenue Garage; $10.75 all day  - Directly across the street from the University
  • Mon Wharf parking: $8 a day – Two blocks from University.
  • Station Square: $5 per day - 10 to 12 minute walk from University
  • Weekend parking rate is $5 per day
  • North Shore Parking - $5 all day, T-Service free from North Shore to Downtown is free

- Gateway Center Station & and Wood Street Station - 5 minute walk to the University
– For maps and drop offs visit: http://www.portauthority.org

LOCAL HOTELS - (Rates vary month to month)
An excellent website for local hotels, costs and ranking can be found at http://www.tripadvisor.com

Several hotels near Point Park are:

Pittsburgh Westin Convention Center -412-281-3700‎ - starwoodhotels.com - 0.6 mi – about a 11 minute walk

Sheraton Station Square - 412-261-2000 - starwoodhotels.com  - 0.7 mi – about a 13 minute walk

Doubletree Hotel & Suites -  412-281-5800‎ - doubletree.com - 0.6 mi – about a 11 minute walk

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel - 800-468-3571‎ - marriott.com - 0.5 mi – about a 9 minute walk

Hilton Hotel - 412-391-4600‎ - hilton.com - 0.4 mi – about a 7 minute walk 

Omni William Penn Hotel - 412-281-7100‎ - omnihotels.com - 0.4 mi – about a 7 minute walk

Marriott Residence Inn Pittsburgh North Shore 412-321-2099  - 0.9 mi – about a 17 minute walk 

Fairmont Pittsburgh, 866-539-0036 ‎- 0.5 mi – about a 5 minute walk