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“As we launch this education program with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, we look forward to engaging with these dancers through the rigor of our academic coursework. We are building upon the strengths of both organizations and creating an educational partnership that will benefit dancers at PBT and Point Park.”

Colleen Hooper, Ph.D., chair of dance

April 27, 2022: Applications are temporarily on hold as the program is pending accreditation approval. Please check back to apply online.  

Point Park University and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School are pleased to announce a new joint higher education program that allows students to earn a B.F.A. in dance in two years.

Students will receive technical dance instruction from PBT School’s instructors and will fulfill academic requirements through Point Park’s classes, putting graduates on the fast track to a successful career in dance.

“What an extraordinary opportunity to offer the best of both worlds to students interested in a career as a professional dancer," said Garfield Lemonius, M.F.A., dean of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse. "That is, professional training from one of the nation's renowned dance companies further strengthened by an exceptional Conservatory education from one of the top 10 university dance programs in the country.” 

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Point Park on this exciting new program,” said Susan Jaffe, artistic director, PBT. “When PBT’s first Artistic Director Nicolas Petrov founded our organization in 1969, it was affiliated with Point Park College, so we are excited to rekindle a partnership that goes back to PBT’s roots. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to earn a college degree from an exceptional university while gaining valuable dance experience.”

PBT School is recognized as one of the nation’s finest schools for dance education and training. All of PBT School’s instructors are certified through level five in the American Ballet Theatre curriculum, which embraces sound ballet principles and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training.

“As we launch this education program with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, we look forward to engaging with these dancers through the rigor of our academic coursework," said Colleen Hooper, Ph.D., chair of dance at Point Park. "We are building upon the strengths of both organizations and creating an educational partnership that will benefit dancers at PBT and Point Park.”

Audition and Application Process

  1. High school graduates must first audition for PBT School’s pre-professional division. Prospective students can submit a video audition at app.getacceptd.com/pbt or contact the school to schedule an in-person audition. More information can be found at pbt.org/pre-professional or by contacting PBTSchool@pittsburghballet.org.
  2. Once accepted, students should apply to Point Park, which accepts applications on a rolling basis: 
    • When applying online, select online degrees, create an account and begin the application. 
    • Then select undergraduate/freshman online/dance BFA ballet online and choose full-time or part-time enrollment status. 

Students wishing to apply for FAFSA, and Pennsylvania students wishing to apply for state grants, must submit their applications by May 1 for the fall 2022 semester.

Tuition and Fees

Point Park University
Total tuition to Point Park University for this two-to-three-year joint program is $29,135 plus fees (this is made up of $20,160 in online tuition plus $8,975 for experiential learning).

There are two options for completing academic coursework at Point Park:

Enroll full-time (completing 12 credits per semester for three semesters) or part-time (completing less than 12 credits per semester for six semesters).

Both full-time and part-time students will enjoy the perks of Point Park campus life, including access to student resources, academic support and the opportunity to be featured in Point Park’s annual production of ChoreoLab.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
PBT School's annual tuition for the 2022-23 school year is $6,454.

Students enrolled in this program must complete two years of training at PBT School. Of the 125 required credits to complete the degree, 83 credits will be earned at PBT School.


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