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Performance benefits domestic violence awareness

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Mercyhurst University Dance Department presents Sleeping Beauty for four performances April 28-30, part of a program that showcases The Mercyhurst Dancers in both classical and neo-classical ballet.

The dancers will perform Act III of Sleeping Beauty, in which Princess Aurora celebrates her wedding with a presentation of her court princesses, fairies, Puss ‘n Boots, Red Riding Hood and more, all to music by Tchaikovsky. Artistic Director Tauna Hunter says Sleeping Beauty is “just a fun way for children to experience dance for the first time.”

The program will couple Sleeping Beauty with George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, a signature work of the New York City Ballet, set to the music of J.S. Bach.

The dance department was one of very few university programs accepted by New York City Ballet to perform Concerto Barocco, Hunter says. She adds, “We were even more excited to have former principal dancer Nilas Martins in residence to stage this iconic work by legendary choreographer George Balanchine.”

Performances are Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 29, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst.

Tickets range from $5 to $15 and can be reserved by calling 814-824-3000.

Once again the Mercyhurst University Dance Department will partner with SafeNet to raise awareness about domestic violence. The Friday evening gala performance will benefit SafeNet and the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in memory of Jenni-Lyn Watson, a former dance major.

Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor and his wife, Craige Pepper Victor, Atty. Dennis Williams and Shirley Williams are honorary chairpersons for the event. The reception preceding the Friday evening performance was organized by a committee including Kathryn Burns, Amy Cuzzola-Kern, Donna Douglass, Jane Earll, Betsy Frank, Susan Packard, Linda Terella, Kathleen Whipple, Norm Zymm, Hunter, SafeNet Executive Director Linda Lyons King and SafeNet Marketing Director Geri Cicchetti.

For more information about the gala reception, contact 814-824-2256.

Contributed Photo: (L-R)

Alexis Snedeker, Celina Schroer and Sarah Ruesch