The Mercyhurst Dance Department will perform Beyond Words V next weekend to showcase both Mercyhurst Ballet Theater dancers and SoMar dancers.
There will be four performances throughout the weekend. The first will be on Friday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
There will be two performances on March 19. The first at 2 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m.
The last performance will be on March 20, at 2 p.m.
All performances will take place in the Performing Arts Center.
The Friday and Saturday shows will be followed by a talk with the dancers and the choreographers of the show. This will give the audience the chance to connect with the performers.
The performances will benefit and raise awareness for violence against women.
The March 19 performance will include a reception and silent auction to raise money for SafeNet and the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship is awarded to a student with a passion for the arts and dance who cannot afford to receive specialized training.
The Ballet Theater will be joined by SoMar Dance Works, a dance company founded by Mercyhurst Professors Solveig and Mark Santillano.
Some Mercyhurst dance majors dance not only for Mercyhurst but also for the SoMar dance company.
Alexis Nale, a dance major, is looking forward to the performance.
“It will be a very wide range of styles of both ballet and modern,” Nale said.
She will be dancing with the SoMar Company.
Much like the athletic teams, the dancers in the performances have to sacrifice their breaks in the name of their passion.
“It is going to be the weekend of spring break so campus is going to be deserted,” Nale said, “We will be here performing anyway.”
New to this year, audience members can buy a Dance Flex Pass.
The Flex Pass is three admission tickets for the price of two.
Tickets to each performance for Mercyhurst Students with their ID are $5 each.
If anyone is on campus over spring break, head over to the Performing Arts Center and support your classmates.