Conservatory of Performing Arts
Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 dance training programs in the country, Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Art’s dance program offers a B.F.A. in dance. Students take classes in all technique areas (ballet, jazz, and modern), regardless of their area of concentrations, as well as a wide spectrum of classes including character, tap, pointe, pas de deux, male technique, contemporary partnering, composition, history of dance, African, hip-hop, ballroom, improvisation, choreography, and dance entrepreneurship designed to create the total artist. Auditions, required for admission, are typically held once a month throughout the year. Dance auditions are used as criteria for awarding dance scholarships and apprenticeships. Students at Point Park train and perform in our $16 million dance complex – The George Rowland White Performance Center, which includes six 60×60-foot studios and two 100×100 studios, a performance space and in our brand new 90,411 square-foot theater complex, the Pittsburgh Playhouse, which includes 3 performance spaces and 4 rehearsal studios.
Our dancers have the opportunity to perform various repertoire in classical and contemporary ballet, theater dance and contemporary jazz, and modern and contemporary dance. Each year, our students interact and perform works by guest artists and choreographers of international stature. Our dancers have performed works by Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Edwaard Liang, Tyce Dioro, Dwight Rhoden, Jae Man Joo, Peter Chu, Aszure Barton, Christopher Wheeldon, Kyle Abraham. Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Robert Battle, Jennifer Muller, Edward Villella, David Parsons, Mark Morris, Emery LeCrone, Bill T. Jones, Sonya Tayeh, Daniel Charon, Ann Reinking, and Tony Award winners Chita Rivera and Michael Rupert.
Graduates have gone on to dance with various prestigious companies as Ailey II, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Alonzo King LINES, Alabama, Cincinnati, Nashville, and Milwaukee Ballets, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Met, Ballet X, Bad Boys of Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Philadanco, Ballet Austin, Giordano Dance Chicago, Parsons Dance Company, Visceral Dance Company, Houston Met, Koresh Dance Company, Cirque du Soleil, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, and numerous cruise line companies. Alumni have made their mark on Broadway and in touring in Cats, Carousel, Cinderella, Contact, Hamilton, Footloose, The Lion King, Ragtime, Rent and 42nd Street. Point Park University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Crystal Frazier is a native of New Jersey and holds an Associate Degree in Dance from The University of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography from Jacksonville University. She is a freelance choreographer and currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Point Park University teaching Hip Hop Fundamentals.
Crystal is a former senior member with the world-renowned, Rennie Harris Puremovement. She has performed and taught nationally and internationally, including the Middle East and Central Asia as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador with RHPM. She is also the former Co-Founder of “Montazh,” an all-female Hip Hop dance company based in Philadelphia.
Crystal’s industry performance credits are VH-1 Fashion Awards, BET Comicview, BET Awards, Italy Tour with Kathy Sledge and many more. She was the featured dancer and choreographer for Grammy Award-winning artist, Jill Scott’s “Big Beautiful Tour”. On film, she made an appearance in the movie Beloved and TV show Monk. She was a part of Dance International Workshop Program teaching fundamentals of Hip Hop dance in Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and, Tokyo. Crystal’s choreography has been featured nationally and internationally for Rennie Harris RHAW, Cruzan Dance, St. Croix, University of the Arts in Taiwan, Encore Danses En Tourneau in Canada, Hip Hop Extravaganza in Bermuda, Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team, Borealis Dance and many more.
Known for her vibrant performance quality, clean balletic lines and arched feet, Ms. Stowe’s 15-year professional career began under the direction of Ted Kivitt at the Milwaukee Ballet Company. Ms. Stowe’s performance career also included Burklyn Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, Ballet Austin, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Under the artistic direction of Patricia Wilde, Ms. Stowe performed the following masterworks choreographed by George Balanchine: Allegro Brillante, Ballet Imperial, Concerto Barocco, La Sonnambula, Raymonda Variations, Serenade, Square Dance, Theme and Variations, Western Symphony, and Who Cares? Among her most notable performances were leading roles in Choo San Goh’s Unknown Territory, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, and Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Elite Syncopations.
In August of 1995, Ms. Stowe joined the dance faculty of Point Park College (now University). She served as a Master Teacher for the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts from 1995-1998 and was subsequently appointed Artistic Director of Point Park’s International Summer Dance program in 1998. Ms. Stowe served as Chair of the Department of Dance and Associate Artistic Director of the Conservatory Dance Company from 2004-2014. In September of 2012, Ms. Stowe was promoted to the rank of Professor in the Department of Dance where she continues to teach ballet technique, pointe and variations in addition to staging and rehearsing repertoire for the Conservatory Dance Company.