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 education market, 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 Arts/Dance Performance, Bachelor of Arts/Dance, Bachelor of Arts/Dance Education (with Teacher Certification), or a minor in dance.
The secret to the Marygrove Dance Department's success is our accomplished faculty. You will have access to teachers who are experienced professionals in their field, and can direct you in all phases of training and personal growth. Acting as mentors, we don't just teach; we invest in you, helping you develop the skills you will need for success in the professional arena.
Think of your time in the dance studio: the discipline, the physical demands, the love of performing, and consider this—you're not alone. Our faculty understands what it takes, and will assist you in cultivating your passion as you rise to the pinnacle of your craft.
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 66 credit hours in dance technique and 23 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 53 credit hours in dance technique and 23 credit hours in dance theory classes are required. In addition, the student must complete 20 credit hours of a chosen minor. Dance majors seeking a BA/Dance degree must maintain a cumulative 2.5 in all dance technique and related required courses.
The Minor in Dance Performance 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.
The Minor in Theatre provides an introduction to theatre. A Theatre Minor consists of 24 hours of course work and may include up to 12 credits from The Theatre Department at the University of Detroit Mercy. See the Theatre section of the catalog for additional information.
With our dance faculty serving as your advisors, we're always by your side. The ability to get to know you helps us to hone your strengths so that we may build on your special qualities and interests. Our drive is to teach you through example, building on the skills that dance and even life will require. Upon graduation, we guarantee you a well-rounded education, a balanced perspective, superb skills, and proper attitude as only a Marygrove education can.
We offer a variety of programs to help you choose a future as a dancer, teacher or multi-skilled professional. The core of our curriculum is based in the ballet, modern and jazz dance idioms. This multifaceted approach is vital in keeping with the requirements in today's world of professional dance.
We'll help you to master your skill with regular technique classes and award credit for your rehearsals. In addition, you will have courses in Pointe, Partnering, Character, Tap, Dance History, Improvisation, Composition, Acting and Theatre Production. All students have the opportunity to study with guest teachers and choreographers throughout the academic year.
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We believe that performing is an integral aspect of your study. As member of the Marygrove College Dance Company and Company II, you will have the opportunity to perform on the curtained proscenium stage, in the Marygrove College Theatre. Company members also will perform multiple times on and off campus throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to practice your knowledge of dance performance, production and technical operations. Your drive to dance is our requirement.
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- Teresa Muller
- Brandon Thomas
- Angela Pope
- Anthony Levi
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. All incoming dance majors will be designated as Bachelor of Arts/Dance degree candidates. At the conclusion of the freshmen year, the student may petition the dance department faculty and request to change their academic program to the BA Dance Education or BFA Dance Performance degree.
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 degree.
Special Elements of the Dance Program
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.
Marygrove's dance program is professionally oriented and emphasizes broad performance experience. All majors/minors are members of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II. The dance company performs informally on campus, off-campus in lecture demonstrations, as guest artists with local dance companies, and three 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.
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.
The dance department offers membership to The National Dance Honor Society, Nu Delta Alpha Chapter for all eligible dance majors/minors.