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Dance Program Moves Beyond Labels

The Department of Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance.

Once admitted into the dance program, students may self-select to pursue either the B.A. or B.F.A. in dance track.

Bachelor of Arts in Dance: Three-or Four-Year Program

The Bachelor of Arts in dance is 120 credits. Students select one of three dance concentrations: ballet, jazz or modern. By carefully choosing from the available elective courses and consulting with the appropriate department chair and/or academic advisers, students may pursue a double major or one or more minor.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance: Four-Year Program

For the B.F.A. degree, the department requires 130-134 credits, which includes concentration credits in ballet, jazz or modern, department requirements, credits in the core curriculum and general electives.

Mission Statement

Integrating tradition, innovation, and artistry to move beyond labels, the Department of Dance attracts highly skilled and motivated dancers who are willing to engage with the world around them and advance the dance field.

Our diverse and tight-knit community welcomes students into a rigorous program that embraces creativity, versatility, and technical mastery in a sustainable and stimulating environment.

Together, through courageous conversations, performance opportunities, and quality scholarship, we cultivate a laboratory where dance students can maximize their talents and thrive in the rapidly changing dance world.

We achieve our goals through a balance of responsibility and imagination; discipline and risk taking; rigor and contemplation; self-evaluation and self-promotion; and challenge as well as support.

Our nationally-recognized program provides students with professional dance training coupled with numerous performance opportunities, including choreography by established and emerging guest artists and masterworks from the dance canon. Point Park is a place where dance students have the opportunity to integrate their dance studies with their other academic pursuits.

WQED explores ballet and stereotypes - that still exist today. Author and dance historian Brenda Dixon Gottschild recently visited Point Park University to discuss her latest book Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina.