Dance Program


2021-22 Dance Company Auditions

Auditions for next year’s Dance Company are being held virtually and in person on Friday, February 12, from 3:30 – 4:30. To audition, please complete the online audition registration, including a completed 2021-22 Dance Audition Form, by Wednesday, February 10.

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 Tanina Urbanski, Dance Instructor (turbanski@vmahs.org) for more information.

Dance Scholarship

One student will be the recipient of the $600 Dance Scholarship which covers course fees and costumes. This scholarship will be renewable each year based on the following criteria:

  • Student understands and follows the IHM Charism and upholds Villa Maria Academy’s Core Values.
  • Student is in good standing academically and has a conduct grade no lower than passing (P).
  • Student maintains an A in all dance courses.
  • Student takes Dance Company 9th-12th grade.

Scholarship Application

To apply for the Dance Scholarship, students must complete the VMA Dance Company Audition Registration and VMA Dance Scholarship Application, as well as plan to attend the in-person audition on Friday, December 11, 2020, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Marian Center Auditorium.

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.