Institute of Music & Dance students give back to the community

IMDOnce again, Institute of Music & Dance students will use their passion for the arts to give back to the community.

On Saturday, August 3rd, Summer Theater Intensive students (ages 9-15) will perform dance and vocal selections for the University Commons Neighborhood Day, Jazz on the Ave celebration. The event takes place at 2:30 pm at Mike’s Market on Livernois between 7 & 8 mile roads.  

We also want to let you know that the Summer Theater Intensive program concludes on Monday, July 29th with a free performance in the Marygrove College Theatre at 5:00 pm. The students and their parents have also made the commitment to return on Saturday, August 3rd to perform for the community event.

Lastly~ Adventures in Art and Photography students will exhibit their work in The Gallery on Monday, July 29th @ 6:30pm

44th Annual Festival of Dance at Marygrove College

festival of danceBuilding relationships in the community through arts programming, master classes and performances is a mission of the Institute of Music & Dance. In particular, IMD has engaged with Performing-Arts- based high schools including Renaissance, Cass Tech, DSA, Martin Luther King, Arts Academy in the Woods, Novi H.S. and Harrison H.S.

This summer, the 44th annual Festival of Dance will take place from August 12-17th.  This year it will be a full day program (9:00am – 6:00pm) offering three technique classes per day and rehearsals of choreography by guest artists as well as Marygrove College dance faculty. A showcase performance will take place in the Marygrove College Theatre at the conclusion of the program.

We are pleased to announce that Gina Ellis, Director of Dance at Renaissance H.S., has informed me that Renaissance H.S., along with an outside donor, will subsidize 11 Renaissance dancers to attend the 44th Festival of Dance.

IMD welcomed many new faces at the scholarship audition for the program.  A number of them have already confirmed their attendance.

We look forward to a successful week of dance education.

IMD receives funding from the James and Lynelle Holden Fund.

MGSU12 015_bab20a2eb8995d7b3188a81aa81e6646We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Music & Dance has received $2,000.00 to support its programming from the James and Lynelle Holden Fund!

The Holden Fund has shown its commitment and support of IMD for the last few years. We are gratified by their belief in the IMD  community outreach programming.

The money will be used to support scholarship awards for talented students in need.

TONIGHT! The Institute of Music & Dance presents a night of Vivaldi

vivaldiTonight at 6:00, over 60 students and IMD faculty will tickle the ivories, strum guitars, fiddle some Vivaldi and belt out vocal selections in two concerts taking place in the Marygrove College Theatre.

Free Admission!
Marygrove String Ensemble
Friday, May 31 @ 6:00pm

Congratulations to Marygrove Institute of Music & Dance Student, Nicasia Solano-Reed!

IMDMarygrove College and The Institute of Music & Dance (IMD) would like to congratulate Nicasia Solano-Reed, a Marygrove IMD student who is now training at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York!

For more than 57 years, the School has remained on the forefront of American dance education. Joffrey graduates have gone on to dance for major classical ballet companies, as well as for numerous modern and contemporary companies, both in the United States and abroad.

We are proud of Nicasia and wish her success at Joffrey!


The Institute of Music and Dance would like to thank Selena Watkins

SelenaCass3The Institute of Music & Dance would like to thank Selena Watkins—a mentor and educator for wellness, fitness and self-esteem. Not only did Watkins  share her own brand of fitness and dance classes (Socanomics) with neighboring students, she also acted as a mentor to them.

Because of her generosity and determination, we were able to engage with over 150 students from Marygrove College, Cass Technical High School, Detroit School of the Arts, Arts Academy in the Woods and Pointe Academy Dance Center!

Click here to see what they did:

Former IMD student, Diamond White, a contestant on The X Factor

Diamond White, born January 1, 1999, was just six years old when she started drama, dance and voice lessons at the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.  She was a student in the Junior Performers class from January – April, 2005 and then in the Junior Performers Camp, attending classes daily, in July, 2005. Continue reading

Institute of Music & Dance begins summer programming July 9, 2012

Marygrove College’s Institute of Music & Dance begins its summer programming on Monday, July 9, 2012!

Classes are held Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Arts enrichment classes are for students ages 3 – 16.

Classes conclude Friday, July 27 with the exception of theater performances on Monday, July 30.