Annual dance show returns to PAC

This year’s “Beyond Words IV” performance by the Mercyhurst University Dance Department will explore ideas of social concerns, from food safety to school shootings, along with raising awareness about domestic violence.

“Beyond Words IV” will have four performances, Feb. 20-22, in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

The Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, SoMar Dance Works, and special guests from the Liaoning Ballet Academy of China will be performing.

The Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre will present “Pas de Quatre” choreographed by Sir Anthon Dolin, along with a contemporary work choreographed by Melissa Bobick and Rachel James.

SoMar Dance Works will attract audiences through an interface of art and education, bringing Mary Arete Moodey, a local author’s children’s stories to the stage.

The program will feature dances choreographed by Solveig and Mark Santillano, entitled “A Desperate Cry.”

Guests from the Liaoning Ballet will also be performing.

This partnership came about after Dance Department Chair Tauna Hunter traveled to China this past fall.

“We’re the only dance university in the region that attracts top-notch pre-professional and returning professional dancers from around the world,” Hunter said in a press release for the upcoming performance.

The tickets for the show range from $5 to $15 and are available through the PAC box office, online and over the phone.

Both Friday and Saturday’s evening performances will feature a “Talk Back” with the dancers and choreographers after the show.