Mercyhurst Dance announces BFA degree


The Mercyhurst University Dance Department will launch a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in fall 2014. 

“This has been 20 years in the making,” says 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.” 

The B.F.A. program is targeted to students who aspire to careers in professional concert and commercial performance and/or choreography with long-term goals set on leadership following their performance careers. 

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Mercyhurst’s program is focused on classical and contemporary ballet but also incorporates courses in a diverse array of dance techniques, history, choreography, pedagogy and dance sciences, along with numerous performance opportunities.  Leadership development opportunities are abundant through four performing ensembles that tour regionally, nationally and internationally as well as three clubs, service, internships and study abroad programs. 

Students are required to audition for the dance program and can apply online at

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