Extended Student Opportunities

Study Abroad Experience

Students study abroad for two reasons: the experience of traveling overseas and/or to complement their dance studies. 

In the past year, a group from the Dance Department had the opportunity to tour Austria (June 2012).  They had the chance to travel among cities including Innsbruck, Salzburg, and St. Johann.  An additional one-day trip to Venice, Italy was also included to round out the cultural international experience. 

In the upcoming two years, the dance department plans to travel back to Austria as well as begin a program (2015) in Paris, France.  Details to be announced in the future. 

For any further questions, feel free to contact Ms. C. Noelle Partusch at (814)-824-3352. 


Internships and Co-op Education

Students are placed on site with local and national companies/agencies in performance, teaching, and arts administration.  Opportunities have included American Ballet Theatre, Arts Erie, Ballet Concerto, BalletMet, Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Dance Magazine, Jacob’s Pillow, Lake Erie Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Pointe Magazine. 


High School Seniors at Mercyhurst

This program offers high school seniors with high academic standards an opportunity to receive dual credit for dance and academic classes through their high school and Mercyhurst University.  Note: Must be an Erie County resident to be eligible. 


Dance Department Student Leadership Team

Student leaders in dance who work closely with the dance chair and faculty to coordinate annual activities such as National Dance Week, and serve as liaisons for the students and faculty.  Typically, these student leaders are appointed based on their presidential appointments in our student run organizations including Dance Club, Liturgical Dance Ensemble, Nu Delta Alpha, and the Outreach Service Team.  This year’s student leaders include:

  • Katie Boatright (Liturgical Dance Ensemble)
  • Emily McAveney (Dance Club)
  • Tiffani Thomas (Dance Club)
  • Emily Reed (Nu Delta Alpha)
  • Abby Savage (Outreach)



Extended Programs of Study (click on the available study to learn more)

Jumpstart: Annual one-week experience prior to the start of school offering “get in shape” class, early housing move in and social activities, reserved only for dance majors and minors.  Classes are taught by a group of guest teachers brought in specifically for Jumpstart.

Summer Dance Intensive: Please come back and visit the website as details are released!  We will be holding a SUMMER 2014 DANCE EXPERIENCE!!!!  (details to follow)