Dance Program

Villa Maria’s growing dance program includes a variety of courses and opportunities for both experienced and novice dancers. Students may take dance classes for credit to count towards Physical Education or Fine Arts requirements or electives. The recently formed Dance Company is an auditioned ensemble of dedicated dancers who will benefit from multiple performance and competition opportunities both on and off campus. Contact Ms. Tanina Urbanski, Dance Instructor (turbanski@vmahs.org) for more information.

Freshman Dance Scholarship

One incoming freshman student will be the recipient of the $600 Dance Scholarship, which covers course fees and costumes. To apply for the Dance Scholarship, students must complete the application, as well as plan to attend the in-person audition. Learn more and apply.

Not interested in the Dance Scholarship? Prospective freshman applicants can choose to just apply for the Dance Company (see information below).

2022-23 Dance Company Auditions

Any current or prospective student interested in dance is invited to audition for the 2022-23 Dance Company. More details and application coming soon!

Please note: If a prospective freshman student applies for the Freshman Dance Scholarship, she is also simultaneously applying for the Dance Company. Therefore, she would only need to complete the Dance Scholarship application, and does not have to complete the standard Dance Company application.

Courses

  • Dance Company
  • Introduction to Dance
  • Dance for Conditioning

Dance Faculty

Tanina Urbanski

Tanina Urbanski is a dancer and choreographer whose work has received awards at dance competitions and international dance festivals. She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS), where she studied Computer Science, Media and Society, and Dance. During her time at HWS, she was a Janet Seeley Arts Scholar, a recipient of the Jean W. Reeves Arts Scholarship, and performed at the American College Dance Festival. She was a member of the Koshare Dance Collective, performing, choreographing, and producing the annual concert each year. Through Koshare, she pioneered the Day of Dance Workshop for high school and middle school students in the Geneva, NY area to visit campus and take a day of dance classes taught by HWS Dance students. Additionally, she choreographed the Geneva High School musicals West Side Story (2016) and Into the Woods (2017), and The Company Theater’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes (2018) for the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown, PA.

She has taught at the Agnes Irwin School, heading the middle and upper school dance programs, producing the annual Dance Motion Concert and choreographing fall musicals 9-5 (2018) and Mamma Mia (2019). Currently, she is on staff at Chester Valley Dance Academy instructing and choreographing for the studio’s performing company, and annual production of The Nutcracker.