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Mercyhurst dancers present ‘Tis the Season

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Mercyhurst University Dance Department presents The Mercyhurst Dancers and the Liturgical Dance Ensemble in their annual Christmas show ‘Tis the Season Dec. 1 and 2.  Performances at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center are on Friday at 4:30 and 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. All tickets are $5.

‘Tis the Season, now in its sixth year, will open with the Liturgical Dance Ensemble performing five short sacred dance works to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season. Internationally traveled, the ensemble has been invited to present in Times Square in New York City, as well as in Australia, England, Israel and Korea. Ensemble Director Noelle Partusch said, “I’m excited to share the strong spirit and depth of work the Liturgical Dance Ensemble is capable of and hope that your holiday season is enriched through our creative worship.”    

Act II of the iconic ballet classic The Nutcracker Suite will be presented for the second time, featuring choreography by the university’s veteran choreographers, Michael Gleason, C. Noelle Partusch and department chair Tauna Hunter. The Nutcracker Suite is set to the timeless music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Dancing the featured roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier will be Megan Carnuche and Lucas De Marinis, alternating with Lacey Gigliotti and Hunter Hoffman.

Artistic director and producer Tauna Hunter called ‘Tis the Season a perfect show for families with young children. “The performance is about an hour long; the show times are convenient; the tickets are affordable; but the dancing is presented with a maturity that you usually see only with professionals,” she said.

The Dance Department’s community partners for this concert is LECOM/LifeWorks, an organization serving the 55-and-older population of Erie. 

Start your holiday season with some quiet reflection and a visit the magical kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. There will be live music in the lobby before the performance and photo opportunities with the dancers afterwards.

Visit or call the box office at 814-824-3000 for tickets. For more information, contact Tauna Hunter at or 814- 824-2587.

The Mercyhurst Dance Department was recently recognized by Dance Magazine as one of the “…three top programs to consider…,” and has been nationally recognized by dance trade publications Pointe Magazine, Dance Teacher and Dance Studio Life as one of the top ballet programs in the United States. 

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