Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dancer of the Week

This week's Dancer of the Week is Junior Hailey Meert!

Photo by En Pointe Photography

Hailey is a 20 year old Junior from Fort Wayne, Indiana with a double major in Dance and Pre-Nutritional Studies.

Do you have any pets?
I have a dog named Charlie!

What is your favorite academic class you've taken at Mercyhurst?
I took a Freshmen Biology class with Dr. Campbell which included exploring the biology major that I really loved.

What is your favorite part you have performed?
Definitely Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream!

What is your dream job?
I would like to dance with a contemporary company, and later in life be a nutritionist for dancers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Dancer of the Week

This week the spotlight shines on Freshman Ragan Faulkner!
Ragan is a 19 year old from O’Fallon, Illinois majoring in Dance. She is pursuing a minor in Arts Management and concentrations in Performance and Choreography.

Pets: My miniature dachshund, Poppet, and my cat, Heidi

  Can't wake up without:  8oz of water and Taylor Swift’s new album

Pointe shoes:  Bloch Balance European 

Always in her dance bag: My 1996 1£ good luck charm given to me by my home ballet teacher and pink legwarmers my brother knitted me

Fun Fact: I am President Ronald Reagan’s 32nd cousin! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rehearsal Essentials

We asked senior dancer Chelsea Robicheau what her rehearsal essentials are for tech week!

Chelsea will be performing in Rick McCoullough's new piece Pixels this weekend, as well as dancing Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Chelsea relies on:
Warm up booties, a Nalgene water bottle, pointe shoes (with plenty of extra pairs), a sewing kit, a towel, ibuprofen pills, and warm up shorts- or trash bags to you dancers!

Feel free to comment with your rehearsal essentials!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dancer of the Week

Welcome to another Dancer of the Week Profile!

Elizabeth Hite is an 18 year old freshman from 18 Delmar, NY!

Pointe Shoes: Suffolk Solo Prequels
Favorite holiday: Valentine's Day (which is also my birthday!)
Can't wake up without: at leas four alarms
Fun fact: My mom loves chatting with the Dance Department's Administrative Assistant Danielle Feller 

Thanks for reading, check back next week for another profile!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dancer of the Week

Hello friends in dance! We're back with another Dancer of the Week!
This week's post goes out to Junior Tricia Stefancin!

Patricia (or Tricia, as we know her), is a 21 year old from Wooster, Ohio.
She is a Dance major with a double major in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience.

Any pets?
I have one dog named Bandit who is the cutest little dog ever!

What's one thing you're never without?
An energy bar

What is the favorite academic class you have taken at Mercyhurst?
Intro to Religious Studies from Dr. Robert von Thaden

What's one fun fact about yourself?
I sing Broadway show tunes and quote movies like its nobodies business.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hurst Dancers Around the World

This week we're bringing you a report from a few of our dancers who were lucky enough to travel to South Korea recently! Senior Maggie Doherty and Sophomores Ellen Duddy and Sarah Mearhoff have been kind enough to share their experiences with us- take a peek into their trip! 

Here at Mercyhurst University, we proudly live by our campus slogan, Carpe diem – seize the day, the opportunity, the adventure. So, when I and two other dancers, Ellen Duddy and Margaret Doherty, were presented with the opportunity to perform in Daejeon, South Korea, we leapt at the chance. With only three short weeks to prepare, the Mercyhurst Dance Department constructed a performance that was to represent the department and the university, as a whole, on the opposite side of the globe at the Taejon Christian International School. With that, on October 12th, we were up and away toward our adventure!

What we found as we exited the Seoul International Airport was certainly an adventure. Entirely flooded with the excitement and unfamiliarity of the environment, we were swept into the current of the foreign culture. Unfamiliar languages floated through the air, as new scents of exotic foods wafted about the streets, and unique buildings gazed back as you curiously stared. Almost every component of the culture was different, from the way you were to shake an elder’s hand, to how you ate your dinner or flushed the toilet. The term culture shock was quite applicable, as I found myself quite stunned by the newness of the environment, but utterly amazed and entranced by the different way of life. Fortunately, we were guided through the unfamiliar territory by incredibly kind and welcoming hosts, friends, and strangers, who happily assisted us in our navigation. With so much to explore and such a welcoming atmosphere, the trip, as a whole, was absolutely irreplaceable. Many thanks are owed to all those who made this trip possible for us three students, as it will be one that we truly never forget. 
                                                                                              -Sarah Mearhoff

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dancer of the Week

We're back with another Dancer of the Week
This week we would like to present sophomore Emily Jarrett!
Emily Jarrett is an 18 year old sophomore from Salisbury, MD. Along with her Dance major, she is double majoring in Criminal Justice.
Favorite holiday: Christmas!
Favorite food around campus: Laker burritos, can't live without them.
Favorite part performed: Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland
Fun fact: I was voted Prom Queen in my senior year of high school
Thanks for reading! We'll be back on Tuesday with another dancer!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dancer of the Week!

Welcome back to the danceSpace! We're back in the swing of things for our Fall 2014 semester, and would like to introduce you to a new segment, our Dance of the Week Profiles! Each Tuesday we will fill you in on one of our dance majors, minors, faculty, or guest artists, and the first dancer is....

Marchetta Genis!

Marchetta is a 21 year old senior dance major and religious studies minor from Pittsburgh, PA.

Favorite food around campus: Eco-friendly Thursdays in Egan
Pointe shoes: Capezio Aria
Always in her dance bag: foot roller and theraband
Can't wake up without: "COFFEE."

After graduation, Marchetta aspires to dance professionally in a company such as Houston Metropolitan Dance Company or Thodos Dance Chicago

Thursday, April 10, 2014

National Water Dance - Saturday, April 11th

This Saturday, April 12, the Nu Delta Alpha Honor Society will be participating in National Water Dance, a project designed to raise awareness of environmental issues concerning water and pollution. The National Water Dance is a project that began in 2011 in Florida, and has since become a nationwide event. The Mercyhurst Dancers, led by faculty member Solveig Santillano, will be joining dancers across the country to raise awareness for this cause through the power of movement. All participants will start dancing at 4 o'clock EST, all beginning and ending their dances with a series of movements displayed on the project’s website to create a sense of unity. The rest of the dance is at the discretion of individual choreographers. Each participating location will identify the most significant water issue affecting their community and create awareness through dance.

Every state, county and town in the U.S. has a water issue, be it drought, overuse or pollution. One of the issues Mercyhurst wants to draw attention to is the presence of chemicals in beach waters. Mercyhurst researchers, led by Amy Parente, Ph.D., have identified several emerging contaminants at Presque Isle, including fluoxetine, triclosan, estradiol and diuron, as well as the artificial sweetener sucralose. All of these chemicals have been shown to have negative health consequences in organisms from bacteria to humans. A yearlong Mercyhurst project, Fresh Face Forward, led by associate professor Anne Zaphiris, Ph.D., of the Organizational Leadership graduate program, has drawn attention to toxins associated with personal care products that are seriously impacting the environment, especially water.

At present, the dancers are choreographing a series of three interpretative dances meant to bring attention to environmental issues, specifically as they relate to water. This project gives students a chance to use their art to generate change and contribute to a cause using their specific skills and passions. “I love projects where our students can engage their artistry with a purpose and, in this case, impact the community,” Santillano said. Along with the Dance Department, students and faculty from various programs on campus, among them public health, chemistry, sustainability studies and graphic design, are getting involved and contributing to the project. The goal is to involve as much of the student body and community as possible, so please show your support by joining us at Beach 6 on Presque Isle at 4:00 PM this Saturday! For more information on the nationwide event, visit the nationalwaterdance.com website. It is hoped that Erie’s dance performance will be featured on the website as part of a live feed.