Summer Dance Experience
The Mercyhurst Summer Dance Experience (SDE) provides supplemental dance training which elevates and encourages creativity and artistic exploration in a safe, controlled environment for high school and pre-professional students, prospective college students, current Mercyhurst Dance majors, and the greater Erie dance community.
Quality Education- We strive to provide an extracurricular dance education focused on a strong ballet foundation, kinesthetically sound practices, artistic exploration, and intellectual growth through seminars and lectures, which students are not able to receive at any other summer dance institution.
Valuable Introduction- We deliver a safe environment for students to be familiarized with university/college life over a short period of time, close to home. We also offer a diverse range of classes in dance styles students may not be exposed to at home.
Musicality- Classes are accompanied by experienced musicians, which help dancers to develop and hone their musicality and artistry.
Personalized Attention- Small class sizes allow dancers to form a relationship with their instructors and receive individualized attention during a condensed period of time.
Experienced Faculty- We expose students to internationally acclaimed dance artists who provide a fresh prospective on the education of every dancer. Alumni of the dance department, as well as Mercyhurst Dance faculty, provide vital knowledge gained from hands-on experience in the dance field.
Artistic Growth- We encourage dancers to explore and elevate all aspects of their craft by providing unique movement explorations and invaluable learning experiences, which will then be transferred to their home studios and year-round dancing.
Community Engagement- We offer community classes and flexible payment options to members of the Erie dance community and surrounding areas. We also invite teachers and dance professionals from the Erie area to offer their unique experiences in the field of dance.