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.

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).

Recently, she choreographed for The Company Theater’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes for for the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown, PA. 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.