BFA and B.A. in Dance

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, the classical and contemporary ballet focused program is designed to offer a wide range of mandated curriculum in dance that will include courses in a diverse array of dance techniques, history, choreography, pedagogy, dance sciences and most importantly, numerous performance opportunities.  Leadership development opportunities are abundant for performing ensembles that tour regionally, nationally, and internationally as well as three clubs, service, internships, and study abroad programs. 

Before students graduate, they are offered a variety of main stage performance opportunities, including faculty and guest artist concerts, full length ballets, musicals, student choreography concerts and performances with SoMar Dance Works  (by audition only) and The Mercyhurst Dancers.  Students are regularly introduced to renowned guest teachers and choreographers, and are encouraged to participate in theatre and opera where dance opportunities are available. To extend their academic and dance achievements, the program also boasts a collection of student run organizations including Dance Club, Liturgical Dance Ensemble, and the National Honors Society for Dance Arts.

BFA in Dance

This degree is targeted to students who aspire to a career in professional concert, commercial performance and/or choreography with long term goals set on leadership following their performance career. The degree mandates additional curriculum in dance techniques, performances and choreography to support professional experiences and leadership in these areas of the field. It can also accommodate a some dual majors.

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B.A. in Dance

This program is intended for the student who wishes to pursue a rigorous degree program of combined general and dance studies. The degree allows a student to complete a dual major or minor that complementary to the field and/or a concentration in pedagogy or to complete accelerated programming. Emphasis is placed on the development of transferable skills that will support transitions inside or outside the dance field.

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Dancing Safely

The Department of Dance has been proactive in following University and state-wide precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the following ways:

  • Limiting class sizes
  • Expanding facilities
  • Maintaining 8 foot social distancing in classes
  • Having assigned spots in the studio to allow for contact tracing
  • Utilizing masks and face shields for pas de deux courses
  • Limiting partnering/pas de deux work in choreography courses and performances
  • Mandatory mask wearing at all times
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the floors, barres, and other surfaces before and after every class
  • Disinfecting all surfaces after use (ex. Printers, desks, chairs, etc)
  • Taking and recording temperatures before every class to assist with symptom monitoring and contact tracing
  • Designated pathways for students to eliminate contact while changing classes
  • Utilizing virtual resources for master classes, guest artist residencies, and prospective student auditions to limit visitors
  • Participating in university-wide random and strategic Covid-19 testing


Each year, students from the Mercyhurst Dance Department perform in two to four mainstage productions at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.


Our graduates have performed with the St. Louis Ballet, Cleveland Ballet Conservatory, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Dance/USA and with touring Broadway and European stage productions.


Students have studied and danced internationally in locations such as Ireland, Australia, Amsterdam, London, and Jerusalem.