#PittsburghMe: Meet Nikki Morath, Dance Major Student Profile
Meet Nikki Morath
- Dance (modern)
- Mass Communication
- May 2017
- Artistic Achievement Award
- Greenville, S.C.
- High School
- Riverside High School
"Being a student in the dance program has easily been one of the most transformative, challenging and rewarding experiences for me."
Why did you choose Point Park University?
I chose Point Park to major in dance. I was intrigued by the diverse program because it offers training in jazz, ballet, and modern dance. This unique program cultivates versatility in each individual artist. I was also excited by the opportunity to combine my love of dance with academics and have the ability to declare another major or minor.
Tell us about your experience in the dance program.
Being a student in the dance program has easily been one of the most transformative, challenging and rewarding experiences for me. The faculty members are truly unique, and are dedicated to informing students with progressive information while simultaneously preserving codified techniques. The dance program requires you to investigate your approach to movement and to question how your brain processes movement kinesthetically and aesthetically.
What opportunities have you had in your major?
Dance majors have many opportunities to study movement. I've taken master classes with world-renowned choreographers and guest artists, as well as performed among my peers and industry professionals.
What's the best part about going to school in the city?
I love the vibe of Pittsburgh. I think it gives you a city feel but it's not too overwhelming.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the Primanti Bros. sandwich?
Ha! I tried a Primanti's sandwich a few years ago, and as I recall it was pretty delicious. I would give it an 8.6.
As a senior, what would you tell your freshman self?
I would want my freshman self to know that you have to be a shark. I know that sounds comical, but I've found it to be very true! You have to be willing to stand up and speak up to achieve what you want.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
First and foremost, learn to prioritize. Balancing school, work, extracurricular activities and a social life is challenging. It's important to know what you value to stay organized and go after what you want.