• Dance Department

  • The mission of the dance department is to provide a comprehensive and quality dance education in an environment that nurtures the talent of each individual. Emphasis is placed on refining and enhancing dance technique while stimulating creativity.

    Our students develop skills in observation, critical thinking, problem solving, and evaluation (achieved through technique, choreography, performance, and other creative expressions) while acquiring a lasting appreciation for dance and an ability to pursue, with confidence, a higher education in dance at colleges and universities.

    Students receive training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, as well as focused study in dance history and dance terminology. The dance department offers a rigorous seven-year sequential program. Students have numerous performing opportunities throughout the year, both in school and in the community.

    Each year, students have the opportunity to take master classes with nationally and internationally renowned artists, such as Julie Nakagawa, Paul Sutherland, Christopher Huggins, Dwana Smallwood, and David Dorfman. The dance department enjoys local partnerships with Attack Theatre, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Carnegie Mellon University, and Point Park University.

CAPA Dance Audition Materials

  • Female students in ballet class


    Dance Department Chair 
    Email: jmanning1@pghschools.org
    Office Phone: 412-529-6125

    For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Magnet Office at 412-529-3991 or magnetoffice@pghschools.org 


    Alumni have gone on to study at prestigious universities such as: ■ Julliard ■ NYU-Tisch ■ University of the Arts ■ SUNY Purchase ■ Ohio State ■ Point Park University

    Alumni have pursued performing careers in professional dance companies such as: ■ Dance Theater of Harlem ■ Bill T. Jones ■ Merce Cunningham ■ Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ■ Martha Graham 2 and Philadanco 2 ■ Brian Saunders Junk ■ Group Motion ■ Attack Theater

    Alumni have branched out into musical theater, appearing in the national tours of: ■ Aida ■ A Chorus Line ■ Tommy ■ Jesus Christ Superstar ■ The Broadway cast of Bombay Dreams ■ The Broadway