Dance Overview


Through the innovation of leading dance artists, trends of political, emotional, and social issues are documented by means of choreographic work.  As a result, throughout history, the dance arts have dramatically influenced the evolution of urban society and social phenomena.  And, based on the principal that technical proficiency is decisive in a competitive dance performance, dance technique in the ballet, modern, and jazz dance idioms form the foundation of the Marygrove College Dance Department curriculum. Marygrove’s specialized dance degree programs, together with the Marygrove liberal arts education, create a plan of study designed for the specific interest of each student. The Department of Dance presents a four to five year program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Dance Performance, Bachelor of Arts/Dance, or a minor in dance.

Specific Information

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Dance Performance degree program is specifically designed for the student prepar­ing for a professional career as a performer in dance. This specialized program requires 63 credit hours in dance technique and 24 credit hours in related theory courses. Dance majors seeking a BFA/Dance Performance must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in all dance technique and related required courses.

The Bachelor of Arts/Dance degree program is designed for students who wish to major in dance, but would like to take greater advantage of the Liberal Arts academic experience. A total of 50 credit hours in dance technique and 24 credit hours in dance theory classes are required. Dance majors seeking a BA/Dance degree must maintain a cumulative 2.5 in all dance technique and related required courses.

The dance education major is designed to meet the State of Michigan teaching certification code. The minor in dance is for the student with prior dance experience who would like to continue their dance training and have the opportunity to perform. A total of 24 credit hours of dance technique and theory courses complete the dance minor.

Acceptance into each of the dance programs is based on a formal dance audition. The audition is held by members of the dance faculty. 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 Marygrove College’s academic program.

Career Information
Marygrove’s various dance programs are designed for the particular interest of each student while main­taining the highest standard accepted in the profes­sional workplace. A degree in dance completed at Marygrove College prepares the student for a future as a performer, educator, choreographer, musical theatre entertainer, critic, dance historian, private studio owner, or further studies beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Special Elements of the Program

Talent Scholarships
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. Please contact the Office of Admissions for further information.

Credit for Professional Experience
Credit may be granted for professional experience through the port­folio assessment. Transfer credits are accepted with certain guidelines. Please contact the dance depart­ment for further information.

Professional Performances
Marygrove’s dance program is professionally oriented and emphasizes broad performance experience. All majors/minors are members of the Marygrove College Dance Company. The dance company performs informally on campus, off-campus in lecture demonstrations, as guest artists with local dance companies, and two full-scale proscenium productions in the Marygrove College Theatre. In addition, the dance department participates in the Michigan Dance Council (MDC) and the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) conferences.

Guest Artists
Opportunities to interact and study with international instructors and choreographers are offered throughout the academic year to the Marygrove undergraduate dance major/minor. These affiliations with master art­ists often lead to opportunities in the professional field for Marygrove dance department graduates.

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