Madonna University Approved to Offer Degrees in Dance

May 15, 2018

LIVONIA, Mich. – Madonna University recently received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer two new undergraduate programs in dance, beginning this fall: the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance Performance, and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance.

“We are thrilled to be able to enhance our already strong liberal arts curriculum with these dance majors,” said Madonna President Michael A. Grandillo. “Along with art exhibitions in our Art Gallery, Lyric Theatre shows and music concerts, these new programs will further enrich the arts and cultural opportunities for members of the community.”

The BFA is aimed at those students who aspire to be professional dancers, while the BA degree is suited to students who would like to choreograph, work in a studio, or any number of dance-related careers. The programs include such courses as: The BFA is aimed at those students who aspire to be professional dancers, while the BA degree is suited to students who would like to choreograph, work in a studio, or any number of dance-related careers. The programs include such courses as: ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, dance composition, repertory courses, and production technology.

“Many prospective students as well as current students, particularly members of Madonna’s Dance team, have expressed interest in pursuing a degree in dance,” said Cam Cruickshank, executive vice president for enrollment and university advancement. “Madonna students engaged in our Lyric Theatre program will now be able to add a dance minor to their music degrees,” he added.

“We were most fortunate to recruit many of the acclaimed dance faculty members from Marygrove College, when they discontinued their undergraduate program,” Cruickshank said. “The faculty have hit the ground running and already have presented two master dance classes for intermediate- to advanced-level high school dancers, as well as a dance concert. Their energy and enthusiasm for dance will certainly attract students interested in dance who had not previously considered Madonna University.”

About Madonna: Liberal arts education, career preparation and service-learning have been the hallmarks of a Madonna University education for 80 years. In addition to the beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, education, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business.

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