Dance Program at Westinghouse

The dance department at Westinghouse Arts Academy prepares well-rounded students for the demands of the future. Young dancers are afforded the opportunity to focus on their craft, develop new skills, understand the industry that lies beyond dance education, and maintain a consistent academic schedule. Our cohort is solely focused on dance, but we share classes with those who mix in acting and singing with a musical theatre focus.

Within the dance program, fundamental courses expand students’ technique and performance quality in courses including ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, and jazz. As upperclassmen students can focus and hone talents in more specialized classes.

Not only is a dance program a rare offering for Western Pennsylvania schools, our students also benefit from master classes. Recent guest instructors have joined us from the touring casts of Hamilton and The Lion King. We attend competitive events, like the National High School Dance Festival.

Westinghouse Arts Academy also offers varied options for performance including the Holiday Spectacular, Spring Dance Concert, Student Choreography Concert, and Art in the Park. Dancers are also featured in the school-wide spring musical, which garners nominations and recognition for excellence from the high school musical Gene Kelly Awards each year.

Courses

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop
  • Musical Theatre Jazz
  • Dance Orientation
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Dance Composition
  • Contemporary
  • Dance Industry Essentials
  • Senior Seminar

Our Faculty Includes…

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson (Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap) began his dance career as the Main Stage dancer on board the Disney Cruise Lines. Now back ashore, he is a well-recognized dance educator and choreographer. He previously served as manager of the Abby Lee Dance Company and as a faculty member at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy.

Katalina Scott

Katalina Scott

Katalina Scott (Ballet, Jazz, Modern)  was awarded a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet at age 13, and studied under George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov among others. She danced many leading roles as a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and toured internationally with several companies. Her resume lists the luminaries of dance and choreography, as well as master-class-level dance instruction experience.

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson (Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap) began his dance career as the Main Stage dancer on board the Disney Cruise Lines. Now back ashore, he is a well-recognized dance educator and choreographer. He previously served as manager of the Abby Lee Dance Company and as a faculty member at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy.

Katalina Scott

Katalina Scott

Katalina Scott (Ballet, Jazz, Modern)  was awarded a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet at age 13, and studied under George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov among others. She danced many leading roles as a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and toured internationally with several companies. Her resume lists the luminaries of dance and choreography, as well as master-class-level dance instruction experience.

James Washington

James Washington

James Washington is the dance department lead. His choreography credits include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Slippery Rock, Cleveland School of the Arts, Houston Met Too Youth Company, Netflix and Lifetime Television. He was the male recipient of the “Brazzy Award” for achievement in the field of dance, honoring his impressive list of concert and musical theatre credits. He’s a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson

Taylor Robinson (Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap) began his dance career as the Main Stage dancer on board the Disney Cruise Lines. Now back ashore, he is a well-recognized dance educator and choreographer. He previously served as manager of the Abby Lee Dance Company and as a faculty member at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy.

Katalina Scott

Katalina Scott

Katalina Scott (Ballet, Jazz, Modern)  was awarded a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet at age 13, and studied under George Balanchine and Mikhail Baryshnikov among others. She danced many leading roles as a member of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and toured internationally with several companies. Her resume lists the luminaries of dance and choreography, as well as master-class-level dance instruction experience.

James Washington

James Washington

James Washington is the dance department lead. His choreography credits include: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Slippery Rock, Cleveland School of the Arts, Houston Met Too Youth Company, Netflix and Lifetime Television. He was the male recipient of the “Brazzy Award” for achievement in the field of dance, honoring his impressive list of concert and musical theatre credits. He’s a proud member of Actors Equity Association.

Audition Requirements

You will be scheduled to attend a two hour dance class where you will dance in a variety of styles. Be prepared to discuss your goals as a student and performer.

How to prepare:

  • If you do not have dance clothes, you must wear clothes that you can move in easily such as leggings or sweatpants. No jeans.
  • Bring dance shoes if you have them – ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, etc.
  • Wear proper dance clothes – females wear a leotard and tights with hair pulled back or in a bun. Males wear jazz pants or tights and a white t-shirt. No jewelry.

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Next Steps

Admission to Westinghouse Arts Academy is offered to students who successfully audition for one of our six arts focus areas. If you’re interested in audition and enrollment information, sign up to learn more about the process, schedule a tour or shadow day, and secure an evaluation date to audition. Or, support our programs with a financial gift.

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