High Tech Dance Department to Perform at National High School Dance Festival


NORTH BERGEN, NJ — The High Tech High School Dance Department has been chosen to perform at the 27th Annual National High School Dance Festival. The National High School Dance Festival will be held at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 3rd through March 6th this year, and will welcome over 1,200 high school students from across the United States, Canada and other countries abroad. 

“It is an honor to have our students perform at the National High School Dance Festival,” said Superintendent of Schools Frank Gargiulo. “I am confident that the hard work and practice these students put into their dance routines under the department’s leadership will be highlighted at the Festival.”

The head of the school dance department, Trista DeFilippis, will be accompanying fifteen junior and senior dancers to the Festival. She will also be serving as a guest faculty member, in which she will be teaching a master class at the National High School Dance Festival. 

“A few months ago, I submitted the quartet ‘The Path Less Traveled’ that [the department] performed in our Winter Showcase concert, and it was chosen,” she said. 

Along with exciting opening and closing ceremonies, the Festival will feature evening Gala concerts, two late afternoon Showcase concerts, and two midday Informal concerts. The first Showcase Concert features student choreography, in which a festival committee awards the Outstanding Student Choreography Award.

The National High School Dance Festival also offers a full day of scholarship auditions and over 100 Master Classes in subject areas, including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theater, world dance, Pilates, massage, stretch, injury prevention, and nutrition.  Commercial exhibitors and special interest workshops are expected to entice faculty members and students alike.

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