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Mary Hicks BA
Joined Seton Hill
Oil City, PA
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Katie Hicks began dancing at the age of three in Oil City, PA at Entre Chat. The main instructor was Flo Frost, a ballerina from France. At the age of six, she began taking lessons at Studio 22 with TaMara Swank. Hicks studied with Swank for seven years and Marc Holland for five. She studied ballet technique, pointe, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tap and modern. While at the studio, she was a dance assistant for three years and an instructor during her senior year. Hicks danced on the competitive team starting at age six. She won many awards for both solo and group competitive numbers. During her senior year she choreographed for the competitive team too. Hicks also has been teaching students ballet, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, contemporary and tap at the recreational and competitive levels for the last four years with SHUDA. Hicks was formerly a dance instructor at Westmoreland Gymnastics, Greensburg, PA, and she is also a choreographer/coach at Spirit Elite All-Star Cheer Squad, Latrobe, PA. Katie is a 2012 Seton Hill University graduate with a dual certification in Theatre Design & Technology and Dance Choreography. Past performances include Disney Magic Days, "Jazzy Nutcracker," "Dancing for Life", "Dancing for a Cure", "The Grimm Brother's Fairytales: Storytelling Through Dance", "EleMental R/Evolution: The World In Motion", "Dance Spectrum", "Pieces to Peace", "Cabaret", "Moving Pictures", "Lively Arts". In addition to her dancing experience, Katie was a member of her high school competitive cheer squad for five years. Her squad won Nationals in 2009 in Cleveland. Most importantly, Hicks wants to share her knowledge and love for dance to her students in the most positive, supportive and encouraging environment as possible. "Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham


  • Bachelor's of Arts in Dance Choreography and Theatre Design & Technology, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA), 2012


  • Supreme Studio Award ~~Nationals 2017 and Regionals 2018
  • 2017-2018 Season Celebration Talent Competition "Chick, Chick, Chickadees"- Judge's Choice Award "Little Red" - Choreography Award "Focus"- Performance Award "Andy's Toys"- Showstopper Award "You're Crazy"- Performance Award Bela Marquez- "New World" -- Title Winner Encore DCS Competition "Candy Girl"- Scholarship Bela Marquez- "New World" -- Title Winner Beyond the Stars Competition "Evil Like Me"- Entertaining Award "Shot Me Down"- Mesmerizing Musicality "Quiet Slumber"- Cirque Award "Focus"- Scholarship "Little Red"- Light as Air "Hypnosis"- Ultimate Choreography Extreme Talent Showcase "Evil Like Me"- Turned Us to the Dark Side "Little Red"- StoryTelling Izzy Davanti- Scholarship "Died in Your Arms"- Powerful Plie
  • 2015-2016 Regional Competition Awards Extreme Talent Showcase: Judge's Award- "Energy" *Can't Touch This* Ultimate Entertainment- *Can't Touch This* Judge's Award- "Mission Accomplished" *Mission Impossible* Celebration Regional Competition: Choreography Award- "Redeemed" Performance Award- "Don't Talk About It" Showstopper Award- "Out With A Bang" Performance Award- "Because You Loved Me" Bela Marquez Showstopper Award- "Mission Impossible" Performance Award- "I Am Woman" StarQuest Competition Nominated for the Fusion Award- "Don't Talk About It" Nominated for the Odyssey Award- "Redeemed" Nominated for Choreography Awards- "While You Work" "Redeemed"


  • "Letter's From Santa" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2017. An orginal SHUDA production.
  • "Grinchmas" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2016. An orginal SHUDA production.
  • "What's Your Elf Up To?" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2015. An orginal SHUDA production.
  • "Mrs. Claus and Her North Pole Adventures" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2014. An orginal SHUDA production.
  • "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2013. An orginal SHUDA production.
  • "The Drowsy Chaperone" Choreographer-- Barrow Civic Theater, Franklin, PA. Summer of 2013