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jamied

I just saw DS dance in the Christmas show. It was a jazz number and then some dances from the Nutcracker. I can not believe how good my son looked. His stage presence has improved tremendously, Mercyhurst has been such a good fit for him.

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CakeMom

Wonderful, jamied!

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DanceMomLAS

I'm wondering if any graduating seniors have plans yet. Would love to hear what students will be doing next. 

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JSM285

My daughter is a junior and just starting the college process. She'd really like to go to a college with a classic ballet program- Mercyhurst is one of her top choices. For those of you who have daughters who have been accepted to the Mercyhurst program, can you give me a feel for the caliber of dancer that is accepted? My daughter has attended notable summer intensives- Pennsylvania Ballet, CPYB. She's only been waitlisted for SAB, never fully accepted. Any thoughts or knowledge on this? 

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DanceMomLAS

 

Hi JSM - 

I would encourage your daughter to audition. The school has a range of levels of dancers. I would say that the dancers in this program range from proficient to excellent. Some of the students love to dance, but don't expect to be professionals. They generally have a minor or 2nd major that will be their eventually career direction. Other students do go on to dance professionally, from what I can see, mostly in smaller companies, or part time, along with a job in their minor. There are quite a few opportunities to preform, especially after freshman year (for which one semester you must do a production practicum).

My daughter is a sophomore in this program. She likes the program, and the school. However, without rehearsals, she dances less hours per week than she did during high school, usually 2 classes per day. She does do center on pointe every day, so feels she is maintaining her technique. For what its worth, we as parents felt she made a good choice, and that it's been a good fit for her.

Good luck to your daughter. 

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