Mercyhurst University

Tauna Hunter, M.F.A

Professor, Chairperson

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Tauna Hunter is Dance Chair and Professor of Dance at Mercyhurst University and acts as the Artistic Director to The Mercyhurst Dancers and the elite Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre.  She began her dance training with Willam F. Christensen and continued at the University of Utah where she earned B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in ballet performance and choreography.  During her affiliation with Ballet West, she worked under the guidance of Bruce Marks and Toni Lander and received critical acclaim as one of the company’s leading ballerinas.  She toured internationally and danced as a guest artist with numerous regional companies throughout the United States.  In 1985 she co-founded DANSOURCE, a national networking and information service that connected dancers and companies for over ten years.  As its’ Managing Director, she was highlighted in “Megatrends 2000” and featured in “Success” Magazine as a trendsetter in the future of the arts.  Ms. Hunter has appeared in all the major roles of the classical repertoire and has taught for companies, universities and private schools throughout the United States. She has staged numerous full-length classical ballets and choreographed over twenty-five contemporary work. For 10 years she acted as Guest Artist in Residence for the Interlochen Arts Academy summer dance program. In 2010 she was honored with the Chautauqua Artist Teacher Award and highlighted in Dance Teacher Magazine. She serves on the University of Utah Artistic Advisory Council and on the Advisory Board of Ballet Concerto (Ft. Worth, TX). She acted as artistic advisor to Lake Erie Ballet for eighteen years as well as serving as President and Chairman of the board for the Erie Dance Consortium (Erie, PA) from 2000-2010. She is an active member of DanceUSA, the National Association of Schools of Dance and CORPS de Ballet International. Ms. Hunter has been married to Michael S. Gleason for 28 years and they have an 21 year old daughter, Caitlin.  As a recent breast cancer survivor she actively supports breast cancer research. 

Education and Performance Background:

B.F.A./M.F.A. University of Utah

She toured internationally and danced as a guest artist with numerous regional companies throughout the United States. In 1985 she co-founded DANSOURCE, a national networking and information service that connected dancers and companies for over ten years. As it's Managing Director, she was highlighted in “Megatrends 2000” and featured in “Success” Magazine as a trendsetter in the future of the arts. Ms. Hunter has appeared in all the major roles of the classical repertoire and has taught for companies, universities and private schools throughout the country.

She acts as President of the Erie Dance Consortium and as Public Relations and Marketing Chair for the CORPS de Ballet International. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Ballet Concerto (Fort Worth, TX) and Lake Erie Ballet.

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