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 February 25, 2023

 February 12, 2023

We’re thrilled to announce that in addition to our newly rebranded website, we are also launching a social media profile on Instagram. At NHSDF, we plan on sharing information and updates regularly, including photos, announcements, and more!


Please take a moment and visit our profile, @nationalHSdancefestival, and be sure to click “Follow”. We encourage you to comment and share on our posts too. Feel free to ask us questions or share content with your friends and family.


Want more information about NHSDF but aren’t a social media user?

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Exciting news! Complexions Contemporary Ballet will be our professional dance company for the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, March 2 at the Byham Theater. During the festival, students will also have the opportunity to dance in one of four master classes being conducted by members of Complexions. The class selection schedule will be available shortly.  


Participants of the festival are not mandated to be vaccinated, although it is recommended. Participants are also not mandated to wear masks, although this too, is recommended. For additional information, please click on the links below:  

PA Department of Health

Point Park University

Byham Theater


Remember: all festival participants will need to wear the provided lanyard/badge to gain access to all festival locations, including all Theaters. 

 February 5, 2023 

Hotel Reservation Updates!

Omni William Penn Hotel*

530 William Penn Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

*As of 12/13/2022: limited Singles (1 bed, either Queen or King) are available at the Omni. Doubles are sold out. Only single rooms remain, or double occupancy, not quad occupancy. Book online - or by phone (1-800-THE-OMNI, reference National High School Dance Festival). 

EVEN Hotel*
425 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

*As of 1/24/2023: EVEN Hotel is out of doubles. Book online — or by phone (1-412-301-2277, reference National High School Dance Festival).

DRURY Hotel*
745 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

*Book online — or by phone (1-800-325-0720, reference National High School Dance Festival).

 January 28, 2023 

Please be aware that we are still accepting Scholarship Donations. (There seems to have been a small glitch in some recruiters being able to complete our required form.) This form will allow your organization to include scholarship information for the auditions. It is not necessary to name the exact dollar amount, if that is your choice. As you know, students selected to audition will be among the most outstanding high school dancers in the country. 

Scholarship audition classes will be held on
Thursday, March 2 in the George Rowland White Performance Center. The exact schedule will be sent to you at a later date. 

This will be such a wonderful event! If you haven't already done so, please send in your scholarship commitments ASAP. We will add them to the lists already published on our wesbite. 

 January 26, 2023 

Please refer to our Student Scholarships section to review a list of all available scholarships for the 2023 Festival. These lists will continue to be updated as additional scholarships are provided from our Recruiters. 

Students: All Student Scholarship Applications must be received by February 6, 2023. All listed students must be registered attendees for the Festival.  

List of Available Scholarships 

Summer Scholarships | College/University Scholarships | Certificate Scholarships

 December 20, 2022 

All 2023 NHSDF adjudication is complete. We are so excited about all the pieces that have been accepted for performance! If you were accepted, Kathryn will contact and confirm which concert you will be performing in very early in the new year. Congratulations to everyone who submitted pieces! Happy Holidays to all.

 December 5, 2022 

High School Colleagues and Students:

Please make note that the Adjudication Deadline (to receive your submissions for performance) is this coming Thursday, December 8, by the end of the day. You can enter up to five total submissions for adjudication by utilizing the following form. Adjudication Submission Form.
We also recommend reviewing our Adjudication Rules and Guidelines

 September 20, 2022 

For Recruiters and High School Teachers, we need your photos! 

As we continue to renovate the NHSDF website, we invite you to send us any high-quality photographs from your NHSDF experience(s) or from your personal school files. We hope to feature as many photos as possible on our site which will also serve to highlight your program. 

 August 7, 2022 

Hotel reservations are now open for the 2023 NHSDF! 

Omni William Penn Hotel

Please note this is a different hotel than used in past Point Park festivals

530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Book online — or by phone — by Jan. 27, 2023 (1-800-THE-OMNI, reference National High School Dance Festival via phone)

Please keep checking the Point Park website for recent updates. 

 June 26, 2022 

Point Park University is thrilled to host the National High School Dance Festival, March 1-5, 2023. The festival welcomes high school dancers from around the U.S. and abroad to participate in more than 200 master classes, performances, scholarship auditions, a recruitment fair with over 100 colleges/universities, and more!


The festival is open ONLY to students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 at their high school.

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