Two Outstanding Dance Majors Receive Choreography Awards Established by Long-Time Point Park University Supporter Friday, April 28, 2023
(L-R) Joanne Hwang and Nina Pollzie. Photo by Tia Ellison '23.
“Dance is such an important part of expression in the arts, and choreographing that movement on stage takes skill, creativity and an extraordinary sense of movement. I’m pleased to do what I can to support this art form."
Two outstanding student choreographers from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts (COPA) received inaugural Tomayko Choreography Awards, established as part of a five-year gift to the University.
Jack Tomayko, a Point Park University trustee and long-time supporter of Point Park and the arts, established the Tomayko Choreography Awards through his foundation to recognize and nurture exceptional dance choreography talent at Point Park.
Annually, two students receive this award. One is selected from among the student choreographers involved in the Fall Student Choreography Project and one from the Spring Student Choreography Project. Both students receive a $2,500 award.
Nina Pollzie, a dance major and native of Newport, Mich., was selected as the inaugural fall recipient and dance major Joanne Hwang, from Emmington NSW, Australia, was selected as the inaugural spring recipient.
“Dance choreography is a rigorous art that requires immense dedication, focus and energy. We’re honored that Jack recognizes the importance of choreography and the need to support students who pursue the field,” said Garfield Lemonius, COPA dean and artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
“Dance is such an important part of expression in the arts, and choreographing that movement on stage takes skill, creativity and an extraordinary sense of movement," said Tomayko. "I’m pleased to do what I can to support this art form."