Madonna University’s unique dance programs offer a variety of components for a career as a dancer, teacher, or multi-skilled professional. This Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance (BFA) will prepare you for all facets of a professional dance career. Our program as a whole is designed to foster critical thinking, communication, and ethical decision making necessary for success in today’s world, while also nurturing each student as a creative artist and maintaining the highest standards.
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This specialized program requires 65 semester hours in dance technique and 11 semester hours in required support courses. Dance majors seeking a BFA/Dance Performance degree must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in all dance courses.
Acceptance into each of the dance programs is based on a formal dance audition. The audition is held by members of the dance faculty, generally four times throughout the academic year. Proficiency at the intermediate level in the ballet, modern or jazz dance idiom is required for acceptance as a dance major/minor. Prospective dance students may not audition until they have completed the Admissions process, and have been accepted into Madonna University’s academic program. All incoming dance majors will be designated as Bachelor of Arts/Dance degree candidates. After the completion of 14 semester hours of dance requirements, students may petition for an interview with the dance department faculty and request to change their academic program to the Dance Performance major. Based on the results of this process, the dance faculty may approve the request. If the request is denied, the student will have an opportunity to schedule a second and final interview to petition for change of academic program, the following academic year. Transfer students must complete a minimum of one semester at Madonna University.
The dance program is professionally oriented and emphasizes broad performance experience. All majors/minors are members of the MUse Dance Ensemble. The dance company performs informally on campus, off-campus in lecture demonstrations, and in two full-scale proscenium dance concerts per academic year. In addition, the department of dance participates in the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference.
Opportunities to interact and study with international instructors and choreographers are offered throughout the academic year to the Madonna undergraduate dance major/minor. These affiliations with master artists often lead to opportunities in the professional field for Madonna dance department graduates. The dance department offers membership to the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) sponsored by the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) for all eligible dance majors and minors. Credit may be granted for professional experience through the portfolio assessment. A limited number of talent scholarships are granted each academic year. Awards are granted upon the completion of the admissions process and at the time of audition. Talent scholarships may be combined with academic awards.
A program designed to foster critical thinking, communication, and ethical decision making necessary for success in today’s world, while also nurturing each student as a creative artist and maintaining the highest standards.Learn More
B.F.A., Marygrove College
734-432-5628, UC Dance Office
Stephen received his early training at Allard Academy of Dance, under the direction of Bonnie Allard. Upon graduating high school in 1995, he continued his studies at Marygrove College, receiving a BFA in Dance Theatre Performance. Stephen participated in summer ballet intensives, on full scholarship with, The Chicago National Ballet Forum, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the School of American Ballet. In the winter of 1997, he was accepted as a full-time student with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.
In the spring of 1998, he was offered a corps de ballet contract with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT). Stephen had a fulfilling sixteen season career with PBT. He performed numerous solo and principal roles in the company’s eclectic repertoire. Some of his favorites include, “Elegy Boy” in Balanchine’s Serenade, “Dracula” in Ben Stevenson’s Dracula, “Stomper” in Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, “Dr. Coppelius in Terrence S. Orr’s Coppelia, “Johnny O” in Paul Taylor’s Company B, and “Mitch” in John Neumeirer’s A Street Car Named Desire.
Stephen has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Israel, and Japan. In addition to his role as a dancer for PBT, Stephen also served as the union delegate for the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) for ten years; eventually becoming the head of contract negotiations. Upon retiring from the stage in 2014, he was invited by the Marygrove College Dance Department to teach as an adjunct instructor, and was promoted to full-time faculty in January of 2017. Mr. Hadala is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Madonna University.
B.F.A. Marygrove College
M.F.A. University of Michigan
734-432-5628, UC Dance Office
Detroit Native, Tracy Halloran, is a Kresge Artist Fellow in dance and music. She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and her M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of Michigan. She has worked as a performer, professor, choreographer and rehearsal director in the dance world. Tracy has produced and choreographed her own performances to sold out audiences and has had works perform in the DUMBO Dance Festival, Art X Detroit Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, and American College Dance Festival.
Tracy is the founder and Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company ConteXture dance Detroit and is a sought after choreographer for her works that combine multiple styles of dance. Besides creating works for her own company Tracy has choreographed for the Marygrove College Dance Company, the University of Michigan’s Department of Dance, The Academy Dance Alliance, Noretta Dunworth School of Dance, Dance Masters of Michigan and many more. She is an accomplished teacher in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and stretch and strengthening techniques.
Tracy’s students have performed or are currently with Zurich Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Charlotte Ballet, Ballet of Arizona, Illinois Ballet Theater, Disney World’s Beauty and The Beast, Royal Caribbean and are also dancing for choreographers like Andrew Winghart, Kyle Hanagami, Talia Favia and Liz Imperio. She has been an instructor at the American College Dance Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, Cecchetti Council of America Ballet Day, Detroit Dance City Festival, the University of Michigan, The Academy of Dance Arts in Chicago, and Noretta Dunworth School of Dance. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Madonna University, on faculty at Company C Dance Club, and choreographs and teaches master classes all over the country.
B.F.A. Marygrove College
M.A. University of Michigan
734-432-5628, UC Dance Office
Susan received her M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and a B.F.A. in dance from Marygrove College. Her teaching credits include The University of Michigan, Juliana’s Academy of Dance, Lascu School of Ballet, The Pointe Academy of Dance, Geiger Ballet Academy, Premiere Music & Dance, Cre8tive Fine Arts Academy and many others.
Ms. Panek has choreographed for and performed as a back-up dancer with the Fabulous Fakes, a Las Vegas revue of renowned impersonators and has appeared in concert with Dance Nonce, Dance Detroit and Writhm Dance Company, as well as in the Nutcracker with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra serving as its Ballet Mistress, Children’s Rehearsal Director and Executive Managing Director. She is a former co-owner and co-director of the Premiere Plus Youth Dance Program in cooperation with various local recreation departments. Ms. Panek’s choreographic works can be seen at Marygrove College, Orchestra Hall, The Hillberry Theatre, Actor’s Alliance and various community and high school productions.
Sue has recently earned certification to teach Pilates Mat through the National Exercise Trainer’s Association (NETA) and holds certification to teach Zumba as an active member of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN). She has served Marygrove College as the Chair of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts, Chair of Dance and Vice-President of the Faculty Assembly. Ms. Panek is currently the Director of Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Dance at Madonna University.