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Point Park offers a B.A. and a B.F.A. in dance with a concentration in ballet. As a ballet student, you learn from experienced faculty and artists who have studied and performed with major ballet schools and companies in the U.S. and abroad. You also build a solid foundation in classical ballet technique, training in it daily as well as in Pointe and Pas de Deux. Performance opportunities include classical repertoire, and works by 20th century masters and contemporary ballet choreographers.

The full-time faculty have worked at ballet companies around the world, and guest artists and choreographers regularly come to campus to conduct master classes and workshops.

 

Point Park dance major Olivia Mann at the Faculty Dance Concert.

Course Offerings

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

  • Body Alignment
  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Choreography
  • Classical Ballet
  • Dance Composition
  • History of Dance
  • Kinesiology
  • Male Technique
  • Pas de Duex
  • Pilates
  • Pointe
  • Somatic Preparation
  • Variations

Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom

Point Park faculty members bring academic and work experience into the classroom.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Matthew Powell.
FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
Powell received his training at the School of American Ballet, and danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, San Francisco Opera, the international tour of West Side Story and more.

Selected Repertoire

  • George Balanchine's Valse Fantaisie, Raymonda Variations and Donizetti Variations™
  • Ruth Page's Bolero and Carmina Burana™
  • Marius Petipa's Raymonda, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Don Quixote, Swan Lake™
  • David Lichine's Graduation Ball™
  • Michael Fokine's Les Sylphides™
  • Lew Christensen's Con Amore™
  • A world premiere of Cinderella™
  • Perrot and Corallia's Giselle™

Alumni success

Learn about where our graduates have gone on to build their careers.

More profiles
Pictured is alumnus James Gowan.
"Balancing school work during an intense dance schedule is not for the meek. Point Park's rigorous dance program provides students the ability to grow and have a taste of the real world before they step into it." — Dancer, Alonzo King LINES Ballet 
Pictured is alumna Alexandra Pernice.
"I'm a huge advocate for Point Park's dance program because it teaches you to stand out and persevere. The program tests your tenacity and when you graduate you are ready to enter the professional dance world." — Corps de Ballet and Meg Giry understudy, The Phantom of the Opera North American Tour