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Dance Department Chair

Tauna Hunter, M.F.A FACULTY Professor: Tauna Hunter, M.F.A. Associate Professor: C. Noelle Partusch, M.F.A. Assistant Professors: Melissa Bobick, M.F.A.; Mark Santillano, M.A.; Solveig Santillano, M.A., M.F.A. Principal Pianist: Tatyana Grigoryants Concurrent Faculty and Production Manager/Resident Designer: Michael S. Gleason


Adjunct Faculty: Christina Maria Adelhardt, Nathaniel Johnson, Lesley Bories-Scalise Administrative Assistant: Noelle Lelakus Physical Therapist: Elizabeth Darling MPT, ATC/L


Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.


• To sustain high standards of excellence by engaging faculty dedicated to a professional and compassionate teaching approach. • To require service learning specifically on behalf of the dance/arts community. • To encourage a positive approach to mental and physical health, professional theatrical aesthetic and an injury-free work ethic. • To expose students to cultural diversity through open recruitment, internships, international studies and presentation of guest artists, teachers and choreographers of international stature. • To present performance opportunities through departmental productions and in residence companies Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre and SoMar Dance Works as well as educational outreach opportunities through lecture demonstrations, seminars, workshops and informal discussions. • To cultivate leadership through active involvement in associations such as student government, Dance Club, Liturgical Dance Ensemble and Nu Delta Alpha Honor Society.

All dance majors are required to participate in a four-year Portfolio Review. Portfolios outlining dance progress, academic scholarship and service are submitted to the dance faculty in the spring of each year. Guidelines are outlined in the Student Handbook. In the sophomore year the dance faculty conducts a formal review to determine if the student should continue as a dance major. Majors are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all dance courses and an overall GPA of 2.5. Majors are evaluated in terms of their grades and overall performance including their ability to sustain an injury free work ethic and establish a professional approach to a theatrical aesthetic that includes maintaining a positive approach to mental and physical wellness and health. Their attendance record, potential for promotion and successful completion of all requirements including service to the dance department and community are also considered.

The Dance Department’s vision is to proliferate the art of STUDENT HANDBOOK POLICIES dance in the twenty-first century.


Every dance major is provided with a Student MISSION Handbook which outlines the policies and procedures The Dance Department’s mission is to generate for the Dance Department. Guidelines for the four-year leadership for the dance field, through rigorous B.A. and Portfolio Review and a recommended degree plan are B.F.A. programs emphasizing the development of also included. professional dancers, teachers and choreographers.



Admission to the Mercyhurst University Dance Department is based on the following requirements: • To honor the university’s mission. • Complete a university application and supplemental • To offer a curriculum that focuses on classical ballet dance application with photo in first arabesque (ladies supported by modern, jazz and tap with on pointe). concentrations in performance and applied theory • Arrange for an audition or send a DVD. with tracks in pedagogy and choreography. • Send an official secondary school transcript (and • To promote planning for the long-term future of each official college transcripts if a transfer student). dancer by fostering transferable learning and • Send official SAT or ACT scores. knowledge though the development of critical thinking, writing and oral skills.


Dance merit scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the dance faculty and the Dance Chair. Any prospective student is eligible to compete for scholarship assistance, regardless of financial status. Students wishing to apply for financial assistance must apply to the Director of Financial Aid. Students on scholarship are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all dance courses, an overall GPA of 2.5 and abide by the policies and procedures outlined in the Dance Department Student Handbook. Service learning is required of all dance majors on scholarship. At the end of each academic year, there is an evaluation that serves as a review for maintaining scholarship status. Students who fail to maintain academic and performance levels may forfeit their dance scholarship and/or be advised into a General Studies major.


Dance students are expected to attend all classes and rehearsals and are held responsible for any work missed because of tardiness or absence. Absences may be made up according to the policies and procedures of the student handbook. Attendance is of major importance if a student is to make progress and/or retain a dance scholarship.


The Dance Department supports the Mercyhurst Writing Across the Curriculum program by requiring writing assignments as part of the curriculum.


The on-campus Athletic Training Center provides diagnostic and physical therapy assistance throughout the academic year. Physical Therapist, Elizabeth Darling, screens students for injuries and provides physical therapy throughout the year.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR BA IN DANCE Foundation Year Dance Essentials Dance History Music for Dancers Ballet Technique Modern I Modern II Company Ensemble Winter Dance Experience Production Practicum IDST course Research & Writing Core Curriculum/Electives

1 credit 3 credits 3 credits 6 credits 2 credits 2 credits 2 credits 3 credits 1 credit 3 credits 3 credits 7 credits

Sophomore Year Kinesiology Choreography I Functional Human Biology Lab Ballet Technique Jazz I Jazz II Company Ensemble Winter Dance Experience Core Curriculum/Electives

3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 1 credit 6 credits 2 credits 2 credits 1 credit 3 credits 12 credits

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