Mercersburg provides students with the opportunity to acquire proficiency in dance regardless of previous training and background, while at the same time advancing our most trained dancers.
There are two ways to participate in dance at Mercersburg.
First, students can take one of our term dance courses offered during the academic day, fulfilling graduation requirements in the arts. Students may choose courses from introduction to dance, three levels of dance composition (choreography), ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and hip-hop.
Second, students can participate in dance as their Performance Group Activity (after the class day) in the fall, winter, and/or spring terms. This PGA requires preseason auditions, and students are divided into two or three different levels.
Dance is a powerful form of communication and a common language among all cultures, and dance at Mercersburg seeks to reach out beyond the stage through service opportunities and connections to our local and global community. Students in the dance program also participate in the National and Regional High School Dance Festivals, which take place alternating years in various cities around the country.
The dance program utilizes the Reeder Dance Studio and the Dee Dance Studio, located on the lower level of the Burgin Center for the Arts.
Students take classes in ballet (II), pointe (II), modern (I or II), jazz (I or II), improvisation (included in modern/ contemporary classes), tap (I), hip-hop (I), and yoga/conditioning/core strengthening and stretch class (I).