Point Park University Dance Alumnus Dustin Wolf '18 Featured in Netflix Shows, a Disney Film and More Alumni Profile
Meet Dustin Wolf '18
- Job Title & Employer
- Dance (jazz)
- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- Hobbies & Interests
- Dance, music, movies, choreography, videography, modeling, water sports and the outdoors
"Point Park’s dance program is unlike anything else. The faculty are phenomenal and give their all to help fulfill every student’s potential. I would not be the dancer or person I am today without them and for that I am so thankful."
Tell us about your career path since graduating from Point Park University.
I've worked on so many amazing projects with directors and choreographers who continue to inspire me.
Right after graduation, I began my professional career with Bloc Agency in Los Angeles.
I later returned to Canada for Netflix’s Julie and the Phantoms, directed by the legendary Kenny Ortega and co-choreographed/directed by Paul Becker. It was a phenomenal experience and so creatively fulfilling to be able to witness these creative geniuses in their element.
Next, I worked on other television and film credits like Netflix’s Jupiters Legacy, A&E Network’s History Erased and Disney’s upcoming film Sneakerella.
Every job has been nothing but a positive experience and I leave feeling even more inspired each time.
How did your undergraduate experience prepare you for professional success?
Point Park’s dance program prepared me for the professional dance world more than I could have imagined. The program was physically and mentally demanding, but even more rewarding.
When I graduated, my body and mind felt sharp and ready to enter the professional world. I was able to go into auditions and rehearsals with my body already used to those long hours, and my mind capable to retain enormous amounts of choreography.
The program truly prepares you for the grind of the real world.
What have you enjoyed most about your career and why?
I love that every job is a different experience; I always walk away feeling inspired and motivated. Every director and choreographer has a different approach, and that in and of itself is special. I always leave having learned something, and I truly believe as an artist we are never done learning.
I also cherish the new friendships I’ve formed along the way and the opportunity to work with people who have the same shared passion.
I have so much more that I want to do and can’t wait for what the future holds.
What do you believe sets Point Park’s dance program apart from other universities?
Point Park’s dance program is unlike anything else. The faculty are phenomenal and give their all to help fulfill every student’s potential. I would not be the dancer or person I am today without them and for that I am so thankful.
The program is truly designed to prepare you for the professional dancer life. A dancer’s life is a constant hustle that can’t be done without a trained body and mind. Which I feel is exactly what I got from my four years at Point Park.
Not to mention, the facilities are impeccable with a sprung floor that I miss every day. The training I received was so detailed not only technically, but creatively and intellectually as well. I still, to this day, hear all my mentors/teachers voices in my head to keep me in check and motivate me.
What advice do you have for our prospective students?
Trust the process and don’t give up. There are going to be hard days, but when you push through the reward is beyond what you could have anticipated.
Also, enjoy and have fun! Dance isn’t always serious and it is meant to be celebrated, so enjoy your time and everything Point Park and Pittsburgh has to offer. Get out and explore!