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"We offer a conservatory dance education in a liberal arts university, and our students are uniquely prepared for a range of opportunities following graduation. Our approach to training builds versatility and encourages students to refine their individual performance styles while learning from renowned guest artists and faculty."

Colleen Hooper, Ph.D., chair of dance

As the new chair, what is your vision for the Department of Dance?

My vision is to expand how we think about dance while encouraging our students to become leaders in the field. Each student's path will be unique, and I seek to provide our students guidance as they navigate performing, teaching, writing and producing in the dance field.

What are you most looking forward to as the new chair?

I look forward to building upon the expertise of our faculty and the talent of our student body to create new opportunities and connections in Pittsburgh and beyond. I will also share my research and create a dialogue about how dance connects to economic and cultural transformations in the 20th and 21st centuries.

What makes Point Park’s B.F.A. in dance program distinctive?

We offer a conservatory dance education in a liberal arts university, and our students are uniquely prepared for a range of opportunities following graduation. Our approach to training builds versatility and encourages students to refine their individual performance styles while learning from renowned guest artists and faculty.

As you and the faculty train the next generation of artists, could you speak to the importance of educating them on the significance of dance in the broader sense?

Our dancers learn about how dance reflects culture, and we explore the importance of moving together as a community. Students also develop critical thinking skills that apply to a broad range of social contexts. Through this process, we examine how dance helps us understand ourselves and our place in the world.

What advice do you have for prospective dance majors?

Prospective dance majors should balance rigorous dance training with learning about dance as a means of creative expression.

Is there anything you would like to add?

The energy of this dance program is unlike anything I have experienced. I encourage everyone to attend a performance!

Photo by Megan Gloeckler, multimedia major


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