Point Park University welcomes students to the 2018 National High School Dance Festival Feb. 28 through March 4, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Classes and auditions will be held at Point Park University. The school is within a short walking distance from all Festival hotels and performance theaters, and a variety of eateries, first-class restaurants, and activities in Downtown Pittsburgh.

This four-day Festival will involve approximately 1,500 dance students in grades 9 -12 representing high schools from across the nation and abroad, as well as:

Celebration and Recognition of the National High School Dance Festival, Celebrating 26 Years

All students will receive a commemorative t-shirt and color program. Additionally, special celebrations will occur throughout the Festival.

A Full Day of Scholarship Auditions

Students in grades 10-12 selected to audition will be among the most outstanding high school dancers in the country. In past Festivals, scholarships have been offered by some of the most prestigious colleges, universities, professional studio schools, and summer dance programs in the country.

Opening Ceremony

An opening ceremony at the Byham Theatre, featuring a special performance, which will kick off the festival.

Exhibitors and College Recruiters

Students can meet with more than 100 exhibitors and college recruiters in the Exhibit Hall.

Adjudicated Concerts

At least six adjudicated concerts including two evening gala concerts, two late-afternoon showcase concerts (including the student-only choreographed concerts), and two to three informal concerts.

Students will perform at the Byham Theatre, located within walking distance to campus, in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

Master Classes

More than 100 masterclasses (in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, musical theater, salsa, African, somatics, injury prevention, nutrition and more) and workshops by faculty members of national and international repute.

During the festival, students will train with resident dance faculty, faculty from other universities and private institutions, outstanding high school faculty, guest artists and choreographers in Point Park’s state-of-the-art George Rowland White Performance Center and other campus locations.

Faculty Sessions

In addition to masterclasses for students, faculty will have the opportunity to meet and learn from one another.

Closing Ceremonies

The heavily anticipated scholarship presentations and closing remarks will conclude the Festival, during which time students will be recognized with scholarship awards.

Please note that private studios and individuals are not eligible to attend.

Register today! Space is limited.


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