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Mary (Katie) Hicks-Borsuk BA
Joined Seton Hill
2008
Hometown
Oil City, PA
Contact Info
mborsuk@setonhill.edu

Katie teaches Acrobatics, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Lyrical in the Seton Hill University’s Community Arts Program and she is also an adjunct professor for Seton Hill University teaching undergraduate dance technique classes. Katie has been teaching dance for over 10 years recreationally and competitively. She is the coordinator for Seton Hill University Dance Academy (SHUDA), the Community Arts Assistant and the Advisor for the Seton Hill University Dance Team. In addition, Katie is the coordinator and head coach for SHUDA’s Diamonds Competitive Team and is the director for SHUDA’s Holiday Show “The Jazzy Nutcracker”. Katie is a 2012 Seton Hill University graduate with a dual certification in Theatre Design & Technology and Dance Choreography. While attending Seton Hill University Katie was a dance instructor at Westmoreland Gymnastics, Greensburg, PA, and the choreographer for Spirit Elite All-Star Cheer Squad, Latrobe, PA. Katie’s love for dance began at the age of three in Oil City, PA at Entre Chat with the main instructor Flo Frost, a ballerina from France. At the age of six, she began taking lessons at Studio 22 with TaMara Swank where she studied with Swank for seven years and Marc Holland for five. She studied Ballet, 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. Katie danced on the competitive team starting at age six and won many awards for both solo and group competitive numbers. Katie’s mission is to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students in a positive, supportive and encouraging environment. "Dance is the hidden language of the soul." ~Martha Graham

Education

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

Awards

  • 2019 National Champions -- Beyond the Stars Competition, Court House Cape May, NJ
  • ADCC Studio of Excellence -- Beyond the Stars 2019 Published in The Competitive Advantage (July 2019)
  • Supreme Studio Award -- Nationals 2017 and Regionals 2018

Performances

  • 2007 National Champions, Oil City High School Competitive Cheer Squad, Cleveland, OH
  • "Lively Arts" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "Moving Pictures" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "Cabaret" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "Pieces to Peace" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "Dance Spectrum" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "EleMental R/Evolution: The World In Motion" Seton Hill University, Greensburg PA
  • "The Grimm Brother's Fairytales: Storytelling Through Dance" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "Dancing for a Cure" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "Dancing for Life" Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
  • "The Jazzy Nutcracker" Studio 22, Franklin, PA
  • "Disney Magic Days" Studio 22, Orlando, FL

Achievements

  • Flash Mob - Westmoreland Walks, Inc: Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer: Twin Lakes, Greensburg, PA, October 2018
  • Flash Mob - Child Abuse Prevention Month with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA): Westmoreland Courthouse, Greensburg, PA, April 2018
  • "The Polar Express" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2018. An original SHUDA production.
  • "Letter's From Santa" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2017. An original SHUDA production.
  • "Grinchmas" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2016. An original SHUDA production.
  • "What's Your Elf Up To?" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2015. An original SHUDA production.
  • "Mrs. Claus and Her North Pole Adventures" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2014. An original SHUDA production.
  • "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" Choreographer & Director-- Seton Hill University Dance Academy, Greensburg, PA. 2013. An original SHUDA production.
  • "The Drowsy Chaperone" Choreographer-- Barrow Civic Theater, Franklin, PA. Summer of 2013