Guide profiles Mercyhurst dance program among nation’s top 45

The Mercyhurst University Dance Department is profiled in the newest edition of Creative Colleges: A Guide for Student Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers as one of the top 45 dance programs in the country.

“Celebrating my twentieth year as chair of the Mercyhurst University Dance Department and being honored in this way makes me very proud of the recognition this acknowledgement brings to our department, faculty, alumni and future graduates,” said Mercyhurst Dance Department Chair Tauna Hunter.

The book is aimed at college-bound creative students and gives them the information and resources necessary to pick the right program. Author Elaina Loveland meticulously researched programs from across the country and ultimately selected more than 250 art, drama, dance, music and creative writing programs in arts conservatories, liberal arts colleges and universities to recommend to potential students.

Loveland originally aspired to become a professional dancer but followed her interest in writing instead. She has been a professional writer and editor since 1999. She is a former editor of the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Journal of College Admission and holds a master's degree in English. Loveland has taught both college-level English and dance to children in the Washington, D.C., area. She is also the author of Creative Careers: Paths for Aspiring Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers.

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