Dance




Dance at Mercersburg Academy provides students with the opportunity to acquire proficiency in dance regardless of previous training and background.

Dance at Mercersburg Academy 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 as well. Our program is inclusive with a familial environment.

There are two ways students can participate in dance at Mercersburg. First, by taking 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. After preseason auditions, students are divided into two or three different levels depending on the overall level/ skill of the students.

Dance has also been included in our service trips abroad, including to South Africa, Swaziland, India, and Peru, where we perform and teach dance to children as a means of self-expression, linking dance to self-esteem. Dance is a powerful form of communication and a common language among all cultures. Students in the dance program also participate in the National and Regional High School Dance Festivals, which take place alternating years in various locations around the country including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Miami.







Dance Studios

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 weekly 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).

Meet the Dance Faculty


Denise Dalton

Arts Faculty and Director of Dance
denise_dalton@mercersburg.edu
717-328-6325