Monday, October 26, 2015

Senior spotlight of the Week!

My name is Molly Thvedt and I am from Westerville, OH and I am a senior in the dance department. I started dancing at age 3 and have studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern/contemporary. We asked Molly some other questions as well!

What do you always carry in your dance bag
         -Dance shoes, tape, jet glue, toe pads, water bottle, ibuprofen

You favorite non dance hobby
         -Horse back riding

What you want to do when you graduate from college
         -Dance with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Including possible places, you might audition
Lehrer dance company
Tapestry dance company
Cruise lines
Dayton contemporary ballet

Favorite class you took here
         -Social ethics with Dr. McFee

Fun fact!
         -I won the 2015 International Cinderella pageant

Friday, October 23, 2015

Meet Kerry!

My Name is Kerry Schroeder, I am a sophomore, and i have been dancing since i was 8 years old. We asked Kerry some other questions as well!

Future goals in the dance field:
My goal is to dance professionally after graduation, hopefully in a ballet company or in commercial dance.
Favorite part of Mercyhurst

My favorite part of Mercyhurst is the community and the small campus feel. I love how I am friends with everyone in the Dance Department and how wherever you go on campus, you always see someone you know.

Why did you decide to come to Mercyhurst!
The dance program!

Auditioning tips
Go into every audition with an open mind and confidence. Don’t compare yourself to others in the room, just do your own thing.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Inside the major!

Meet Tricia!

 My name is Tricia Stefancin and I am a senior who has been dancing for 20 years now!

Future goals in the dance field
    In the dance field I hope to dance with either a contemporary ballet company or a touring musical show. It will probably be the latter considering I sing all the time.

  Favorite part of mercyhurst 
    My favorite part of mercyhurst would have to be how close everyone gets in their four years here. Even those outside the dance department become good friends and we treat each other with respect for the most part, which I value a lot.

Advice to future students 
    My advice to future students is to get out and explore everything you want to do in college. Really take a look around and find the things you are interested in. College may seem like a long time but it really isn't so find what you love and do it.
Why you decide to come to mercyhurst!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Senior Spotlight of the Week!!

My name Is Sophia Andreyev and I am 21 years old. I started dancing when I was around 3 years old. I started in New York at Joffery Ballet School, after moving to Vermont I danced at Lebanon Ballet School.

I always have in my bag:
Arnica Gel, ibuprofen, leg warmers, a tennis ball, a sewing kit, band aids, bobby pins, make up sponges (toe spacers), medical tape, a water bottle, a lighter, pointe shoes, flat shoes, warm up pants, and this Russian icey hot for race horses that my grandmother gave me.

What you want to do when you graduate from college
After college I'm hoping to perform, travel, and eventually go to graduate school to get my MFA or MFIA. If no great job opportunities turn up by the time I graduate, I'm planning on going and visit family in Europe and look for work or school there. At some point I'd like to continue learning about technology in dance as well.

I am minoring in Religious Studies. I am also one of the first two people to be graduating with a BFA, which is pretty exciting.

Favorite class you took here
I'm currently take a class about the Beatles, and it's been so much fun. I've also really enjoyed my religion classes though.

Favorite piece you have preformed
I think my favorite role to have performed was as a Step Sister in my high school studio's production of Cinderella. My favorite piece here at Mercyhurst was By the Fading Light choreographed by Assistant Professor Bobick.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Inside the Major!

Meet Megan!

My name is Megan Lay and I am a freshman in Mercyhurst Dance Department. I have been dancing for 15 years (since I was 3). We asked Megan some questions about why she decided to come to Mercyhurst!

Favorite part of Mercyhurst 
The beauty and character of the campus.

Advice to future students 
Don’t limit yourself by past experiences and failures. Learn from them.

Why did you decide to come to Mercyhurst?
I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the dance department was very welcoming.

Auditioning tips

Don’t place too much emphasis on your audition. Treat audition classes like another class and trust in your technique.