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Check out 2020 NHSDF photos and highlights in our recap feature!

#NHSDF at Point Park University

Point Park University hosted high school students from around the country and around the world to the National High School Dance Festival, Feb. 26 - March 1, 2020.

Check out NHSDF highlights, photos and more in our recap feature: 

National High School Dance Festival Included Three Days of Classes, Auditions, Performances and Making Lifelong Friends

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Forms and fees must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by the posted deadline. Follow the link below to register now!

Learn more about deadlines, forms and fees

Hotel Reservations

A one night deposit is required per room reservation for Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh and Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Pittsburgh. A valid credit card is required at time of check in, which will be authorized for all estimated expenses incurred by the guest based on the length of their stay. 

Space is limited, please make your reservations as soon as possible!

*Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh, the official festival hotel
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

  • Flat rate: $142 per night (doubles/king room)
  • Reservations: 412-391-4600 or book online by Feb. 3, 2020 to guarantee the promotional rate. 
  • Check in: 4 p.m. | Check out: 12 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Pittsburgh
250 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

  • Flat rate: $149 per night (king room) | $159 per night (two queens)
  • Reservations: 412-281-5557 by Jan. 29, 2020 to guarantee the promotional rate. 
  • Check in: 3 p.m. | Check out: 12 p.m.

What to Look Forward to at NHSDF 2020

The 2020 National High School Dance Festival at Point Park included:

  • Opening ceremony at the *Byham Theater featuring Parsons Dance, a New York City-based dance company. 
  • Scholarship auditions for dance programs and summer intensives in front of prestigious schools from across the country.
  • Gala concerts and informal concerts featuring students from high schools across the country and abroad.
  • More than 150 master classes led by guest artists and choreographers in Point Park's state-of-the-art dance facilities.
  • Master classes with Parsons Dance.
  • Workshops about the college admissions process, careers in arts management, business management, marketing for dance and performing arts, as well as creating and managing a professional dance company.
  • Campus tours.
  • Closing ceremony at the *Byham Theater where scholarships will be awarded to students. 

*Please read: A memo from the Byham Theatre regarding steps the theatre is taking to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Check out the full 2020 NHSDF schedule here!

Contact Us

Sarah Cowing, NHSDF coordinator, assistant to the chair, dance

Kathryn Kearns, NHSDF founder and executive director

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