Mercyhurst University

Tauna Hunter, M.F.A

Professor

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(814) 824-2587

Education History:
B.F.A. Ballet, University of Utah
M.F.A. Performance and Choreography, University of Utah

Tauna Hunter is a Professor of Dance at Mercyhurst University and acts as the Artistic Director to The Mercyhurst Dancers.  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 works. For 10 years she acted as Guest Artist in Residence for the Interlochen Arts Academy summer dance program. She has been honored with the Chautauqua Artist Teacher Award and was highlighted in the July 2017 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. She serves on the University of Utah Artistic Advisory Council and on the Advisory Boards of Ballet Concerto (TX) and Dance Now Miami! (FL). 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 CORPS de Ballet International and serves on the boards of Erie Arts and Culture and the National Association of Schools of Dance. As a breast cancer survivor, she actively supports breast cancer awareness. 

Research Interests:
Administration
Leadership
Pedagogy
Choreography

Courses Taught:
Classical and Contemporary Ballet and Pointe Technique
Company Ensemble
Pedagogy
Pointe and Variations
Senior Pro-Seminar
Senior Seminar

Professional Memberships:
Council of Organized Researchers for Pedagogical Study of Ballet International
DanceUSA
Erie Arts and Culture
National Association of Schools of Dance