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4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Erie
English

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Dance

Artistic expression; technical excellence; transferable skills.

If you dream of performing, choreographing, teaching, running a studio, or engaging with your community, a degree in dance can help you set the stage.

The Mercyhurst Department of Dance is a classical ballet program rooted in the liberal arts tradition and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Our Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts offerings emphasize the development of professional dancers, teachers, choreographers and scholars.

The rigorous programming emphasizes high quality training in a supportive environment from a faculty of experienced professionals, with the mission to generate leaders in the dance field.

In addition to numerous performing opportunities (regionally, nationally, and internationally), our diverse curriculum (which includes an array of dance techniques, history, choreography, pedagogy, theory, and dance-related sciences), offers enough flexibility to accommodate the pursuit of a minor or even a second major. With leadership development as a goal, our department houses three clubs and offers service opportunities, internships, and study abroad programs.

Through our program you will gain experiences and cultivate skills that are necessary for the dance field, and are also applicable and transferable to a wide variety of careers.

Fast Facts

  • Students can choose between a more rigorous BFA track, or the B.A. track with options to minor and double major in other areas
  • Each year the dance department brings in between five to eight guest artists to work with majors in masterclass and residency formats
  • The dance department is home to over four different performance ensembles including the Mercyhurst Dancers, The Liturgical Dance Ensemble, SoMar Dance Works, and Dance Outreach.
  • Dance majors will have the opportunity to perform between two to four times a year in our mainstage performances at the beautiful Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, regardless of year or age.

Program content

  • Dance Essentials
  • Music for Dancers
  • Dance History
  • Dance Conditioning
  • Modern I
  • Jazz I
  • Production Practicum
  • Company Ensemble
  • Company Ensemble
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Kinesiology
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique IV*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique IV*
  • Modern II
  • Jazz II
  • Choreography I
  • Company Ensemble
  • Company Ensemble
  • Pedagogy
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique IV*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique IV*
  • Modern III
  • Company Ensemble
  • Senior Pro-Seminar
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique II*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique III*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique IV*
  • Ballet & Pt Technique IV*
  • Company Ensemble

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

Total tuition fees for

  • Residents:$55,505
  • Local Commuters:$43,005

Qualification

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, the classical and contemporary ballet focused program is designed to offer a wide range of mandated curriculum in dance that will include courses in a diverse array of dance techniques, history, choreography, pedagogy, dance sciences and most importantly, numerous performance opportunities. Leadership development opportunities are abundant for performing ensembles that tour regionally, nationally, and internationally as well as three clubs, service, internships, and study abroad programs.

Before students graduate, they are offered a variety of main stage performance opportunities, including faculty and guest artist concerts, full length ballets, musicals, student choreography concerts and performances with SoMar Dance Works (by audition only) and The Mercyhurst Dancers. Students are regularly introduced to renowned guest teachers and choreographers, and are encouraged to participate in theatre and opera where dance opportunities are available. To extend their academic and dance achievements, the program also boasts a collection of student run organizations including Dance Club, Liturgical Dance Ensemble, and the National Honors Society for Dance Arts.

Career paths

Our graduates have performed with the St. Louis Ballet, Cleveland Ballet Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance/USA and with touring Broadway and European stage productions.

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Founded in 1929, Mercyhurst University is a private, Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania, on a hill overlooking Lake Erie. Our 75-acre campus is known as one of the most beautiful in the region. The university educates diverse persons in...


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Mercyhurst University

501 E 38th Street
16546 Erie Pennsylvania
United States of America

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