Mercyhurst to offer summer dance programs at Erie, North East

summer dance

Mercyhurst University will offer a pair of dance programs this summer, a dance intensive on its Erie campus for experienced high school and college dancers, as well as a summer experience for younger dancers on its North East campus.

The June 16-July 2 Summer Dance Experience in Erie welcomes dancers at the intermediate to advanced level, aged 15 and up with at least five years of dance training. The curriculum will include daily classes in ballet/pointe, modern/improvisation and jazz/hip hop. Live musical accompaniment will be provided for classes and for the in-studio showing that concludes the Summer Dance Experience.

Dancers will enjoy small classes and individualized attention from Mercyhurst dance faculty members Melissa Bobick, C. Noelle Partusch and Mark Santillano. In addition dancers will receive instruction from featured guest teacher Rosanna Seravalli.

A tenured professor of dance at Purchase College of the State University of New York, Seravalli joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College following a performing career with the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She has been invited to teach and choreograph for ballet companies around the world, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Chile, China, the former U.S.S. R. and Australia.

Campus housing and meals and weekend outings are available for out-of-town students, and college dance majors will have the option to earn college credits.

Prospective students are invited to audition by DVD. Application deadline is May 1.

For more information about the Summer Dance Experience, visit, or contact C. Noelle Partusch, associate professor of dance, at (814) 824-3352 or

The Mercyhurst North East Dance Institute (MNDI) will offer a two-week August Intensive Aug. 3-16 for dancers ages 6-15. The program will be led by Director Michael Patterson, formerly of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

The MNDI program features a graded-level ballet syllabus that will provide students with the opportunity to grow both technically and artistically. Students will participate in ballet technique classes as well as pointe and variations for those who are ready.

For more information about the August Intensive in North East, visit, or contact Michael Patterson at 814-725-6345 or

The dance program at Mercyhurst University is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. 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. In fall 2014, a B.F.A. program in performance and choreography will be introduced to complement the B.A. in dance.

To learn more, visit







Bookmark and Share

News Releases

Building a tradition of service
Mercyhurst Erie and North East students give back to their communities.
Cummings opens fall season with faculty exhibit
Artists reception slated for Sept. 18 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Mercyhurst welcomes new faculty
Erie, North East celebrate 14 and six new faculty, respectively.

National News

Archaeology-James Adovasio
The work of MAI Director James Adovasio at Meadowcroft Rockshelter is featured in Archaeology.
Forbes report highlights universities making gains in serving needs of students on autism spectrum.
Prince George Citizen-Steven Symes
Forensic anthropologist Steven Symes, Ph.D., testifies in trial of alleged serial killer.