Dance Academy


Please Note

In case of class cancellations due to severe weather, please call (724) 552-2923. Any cancellations will be announced on the voicemail message by 3 p.m. that day.

Dance Classes 

The Community Dance Program has been designed to develop the skills of dancers of all ages. Instructors Katie Hicks and Richelle Palarino approach students with care and commitment to train with excellence, creating a safe, positive and productive environment for everyone. 

Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre and acro. There is also a Competitive Team of auditioned dancers. Classes are taught in Saint Mary Hall on Seton Hill's hilltop campus. 


Registration is for the entire school year (fall and spring). Class schedule can be found on the forms and documents page.

Private Lessons 

Private lessons will be available to all students to learn choreography or technique work. Please speak to the individual instructor to arrange private sessions and all private lessons must be purchased in advance in sets of four. To view private lesson prices or to purchase, download the Dance Private Lesson Form.

Private Lesson Policies

Students are expected to attend lessons at the times scheduled. In case of school closure, inclement weather, teacher absence, or student illness and emergency, make up lessons will be arranged by the teacher for a suitable time before the end of the semester.

Only one make up lesson as a result of student illness or emergency can be guaranteed for each semester. The instructor is not required to make up any other lessons canceled by the student. In case of cancellation, students and/or parents should make every effort to contact the teacher directly. If this is not possible, a message can be left with the director at (724) 552-2923.

Any student arriving late will receive only the remaining time of his or her scheduled lesson. Lessons must be completed by the last day of the semester and any lessons not taken by this time will be forfeited.

Tuition for Dance Classes and Lessons

  • Payments can be sent in two payments (two total payments, one due September 10th and the other due January 10th) or in eight payments (eight total payments due on the 10th of each month from September through April.) The amount of the payment is determined by adding the weekly class hours and finding the appropriate tuition amount listed on the class schedule brochure.
  • Tuition is non-refundable and credit is not given for missed or cancelled classes due to unforeseen circumstances and inclement weather. 
  • Withdrawal: not attending classes does not equal a withdrawal from any course. A written notice of withdrawal must be submitted. A cancellation fee of $150 will be charged per dancer for withdrawal from SHUDA before May. All students are permitted to sample any classes (two times) prior to registering for the class.
  • Tuition fees include dance instruction and two complimentary tickets and a costume for the end of the year production.

Additional Fees and Policies

Current Students Are Offered The Opportunity To Register First

Current students’ completed registration forms and registration fees must be received by the stated deadling (Deadlines can be found on the Event Calendar page.). After this deadline, remaining openings in classes will be opened to new students.


Young Dancer’s Division dancers will perform in the Tiny Tots Celebration on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM. Several dance groups from the Formal Dancers Division also perform age-appropriate numbers at this recital in order to increase the excitement and enjoyment of everyone involved.

Formal Dancers Division dancers perform in our end of the year production “Dance Dance Dance” on a Saturday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. 

The performances are held in the Reichgut Concert Hall at the SHU Performing Arts Center. Please see the Event Calendar for performance and rehearsal dates and times.


Tickets to SHUDA performances are sold through the SHUPAC Box Office by calling 724-552-2929 or purchasing online at www.setonhill.edu/tickets.

Each dancer receives two complimentary tickets to their performance. You must call the box office to redeem these complimentary tickets.  

Additional Performance Opportunities

Holiday Dance Production: Any dancer enrolled in the SHU Dance Academy has the opportunity to participate in our annual Holiday Production performed in the Ryan Theatre at the SHU Performing Arts Center. This unique production tells a holiday or Christmas-themed story through various styles of dance and has become a beloved tradition among our SHU and SHUDA families. To be cast in this production, contact the studio on or before the indicated sign-up day (Deadlines are available on the Event Calendar page.). and your dancer will be included in the cast. Rehearsals for this production are held on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons and your dancer will receive a rehearsal schedule upon acceptance of his/her role. There is an additional fee to participate in this production and this fee includes rehearsals and costume rental.

Greensburg Holiday Parade: Our dancers are invited to perform in the annual Greensburg Holiday Parade. This is a great way to get additional performance experience while displaying the skills that our dancers have been learning through the first part of the year.  

SHUDA Diamonds Competitive Team: The Diamonds are an auditioned team of competitive dancers from our SHU Dance Academy. While the SHU Dance Academy is not a competition-focused school, we offer the Diamonds Team to those dancers who want to perform more often and dance at a more intense and advanced level. They rehearse on Saturdays with their coach, Katie Hicks, and compete at 3 competitions each spring. Our Diamonds dancers have brought home many awards and trophies and continue to make us proud with their team spirit and effort.

Non-Payment Of Fees

Students with unpaid tuitions or fees will not be permitted to re-enroll at SHUDA or perform in productions, including the end of the year shows, until the balance is paid in full.