Why Mercyhurst?

Each year, The Mercyhurst Center for Dance Education. presents internationally acclaimed guest teachers from companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Bad Boys of Dance, Ballet Hispanico, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Cuban National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, MOMIX, New York City Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pilobolus, Paul Taylor Dance Company, STREB Extreme Action, Trey McIntyre Project, Royal Danish Ballet, and Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai.  Below is a list of some of our master classes, guest artists, residencies, and other opportunities that have been affiliated with the Mercyhurst University Dance Department in the past.


Robert Barnett


Former Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet

Shannon Lee West


Resident Choreographer-Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Kara Jones



Sara Lawrence


Dancing Wheels

Noelle Lelakus


Former Dancer with Missouri Contemporary Ballet

Danielle Feller

Master Classes

PGT Entertainment, Princess Cruises (Line Captain)

Amanda Edge

Master Classes/Guest Artist Chat

New York City Ballet, Current performer with “Phantom” on Broadway

Matthew Prescott

Master Classes/Guest Artist Chat

Instructor for Joffrey NYC, Interlochen Arts Academy, Former dancer with Joffrey Ballet, Current performer with “Phantom” on Broadway

Lesley Bories-Scalise

Master Classes

Former soloist with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Maria Caruso

Master Classes

Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

Ursula Payne

Master Classes/Residency

Slippery Rock University Dance Department Chair

Compagnie Käfig

Master Classes

Performance in MIAC

Moscow Festival Ballet

Master Classes

Performance in MIAC

Trevor Sones

Master Classes

Current performer with “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway

Justin Hogan

Master Classes/Guest Artist

Current dancer with Louisville Ballet, Former dancer with St. Louis Ballet

Alyssa Alger

Master Classes/Guest Artist

MFA from University of Arizona, Featured in Dance Magazine

Erin Alarcon

Master Classes

Company Dancer with Ballet Nebraska, Recipient of the Omaha Entertainment & Arts “Best Featured Dancer” Award

Elizabeth Watson

Master Classes

MFA from University of Arizona

Diego Salterini

Master Classes

Co-director and Co-founder of DANCE!Now Ensemble

Bad Boys of Dance (Rasta Thomas)

Master Classes

Performance in MIAC

Laura Alonso

Master Classes

-Performed with Ballet National de Cuba for 25 years

-Stages classics for London’s Royal Ballet School and The Royal Danish Ballet

Vivi Flindt

Master Classes

-Originated many roles with The Royal Danish Ballet

Bill Evans


-Undergraduate program director at the College at Brackport & State University of New York

-Professor of Dance at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

-Artistic & Executive Director of the Bill Evans Dance Company

-Creator of the Evans Modern Dance Technique

Maria Caruso

Master Classes

-Artistic Director of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet

Lisa de Ribre

Master Classes


-Former dancer with New York City Ballet and Soloist with American Ballet Theater

Chita Rivera

Guest Artist Chat

 -Original Broadway Cast of West Side Story, Chicago, Bye-Bye Birdie


Internships we've worked with in the past:

American Ballet Theatre

Erie Bayfront Dance

Mercyhurst College Dance Department

Arts Council of Erie

Erie County Historical Society

Mercyhurst College Summer Dance Experience

Ballet Concerto

Erie Dance Conservatory

Mercyhurst University Center for Arts/Culture

Ballet New England

Erie Dance Consortium

Morriss Center (The)

Ballet Theatre Midwest

Erie Philharmonic

NWPA Collegiate Academy

Boston Dance Company

Hersheypark Entertainment

Paige Conservation, Inc.

Broadway Dance Center

Hilton Head Dance School

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

California Ballet School Inc.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Pittsburgh Youth Ballet

Count Basie Theatre

Lake Erie Ballet School

SoMar Dance Works




Disney College Program

Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre