Bachelor of Fine Arts

Mercyhurst University Dance Department will launch this program in the FALL OF 2014!

"This has been twent year's in the making," states professor and dance chair Tauna Hunter.  "I have wanted to add a B.F.A degree to our already successful B.A. program since I arrived at Mercyhurst in 1994.  It is our intention to develop leadership for the field through this pre-professional degree in dance performance and choreography."  


This degree is targeted to students who aspire to a career in professional concert and commercial performance and/or choreography with long term goals set on leadership following their performance career.  Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, the classical and contemporary ballet focused program is designed to offer a wider range of mandated curriculum in dance that will include courses in a diversee array of dance techniques, history, choreography, pedagogy, dance sciences and most importantly, numerous performance opportunities.  Leadership development opportunities are abundant tough four performing ensembles that tour regionally, nationally, and internationally as well as three clubs, service, internships, and study abroad programs. 


Before students graduate, they will have had main stage performance opportunities, including two faculty concerts; a student choreography concert; and performances with residence companies: Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre and 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 theater and opera where dance opportunities are available.  Additionally, students who possess the talents for teaching/choreography may pursue those goals through teaching internships (MCDE) under the direction of our astute and professionally seasoned faculty.  To extend their academic and dance achievements, the program also boasts a collection of student run organizations including Dance Club, Liturgical Dance Ensemble, and Nu Delta Alpha. 

Click here to view our syllabi and requirements for our Undergraduate Dance Major (B.A.)




 Classical and Contemporary Ballet
 Modern I, II, III, IV
 Tap or Musical Theatre
 Dance Essentials
 Dance History
 Senior Pro-Seminar
 Choreography I, II, III
 Senior Seminar (Choreoraphy IV)
 Music for Dancers
 Winter Dance Experience
 Functional Bio for Dancers
 Company Ensemble


 Pas de Deux
Winter Dance Experience
 Pointe and Variations
 Study Abroad Experience
 Intro. to Labanotation
 Performance Internship
 Summer Dance Experience


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