Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

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  • Student Research

    Loyola Dance Senior Molly Kaiser Presents “The Dreamer’s Ball” in 2022 Mainstage Dance Concert

    The mainstage dance concert student choreography piece is a unique opportunity for Loyola dancers to create a fully realized work together. “I loved working with my peers who also happen to be my best friends,” reflects Molly. “I wanted to give them a piece where they would shine and feel a sense of pride to perform. They did the same for me, putting in so much hard work and supported my vision being brought to life.”
  • Study Abroad

    Loyola Dance Students Perform with Mandala Dance Company in Rome, Italy

    Following a year of online instruction, the John Felice Rome Center reopened its doors to study abroad programs for Fall 2021. Students in Loyola’s Dance Program were among those who jumped at the opportunity to extend their classroom and learning experience overseas. Dance faculty Dr. Amy Wilkinson has lead students in summer study abroad programs for several years, creating a long-standing relationship with the Mandala Dance Company in Ladispoli, Italy. This summer, Dr. Wilkinson and a group of Loyola dance students traveled to the John Felice Rome Center for an immersive learning experience.
  • Engaged Learning in the Arts

    Loyola Dance Students Attend the American College Dance Association Conference (ACDA)

    This spring, the Loyola Dance Program attended the American College Dance Association North-Central Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Led by faculty members Dr. Amy Wilkinson and Sarah Cullen Fuller, dance students in DANC 398: Research in Dance performed in concerts and danced in workshop classes during a five-day weekend event. These conferences were held in person for the first time since 2019, and Loyola dancers were excited for the opportunity to dance with fellow college dance students from the Midwest.
  • Academics

    Senior Solo Showcase 2022

    Palm Court sits on floor four of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, overlooking the red brick campus and restless Lake Michigan. Each spring, family and friends gather under the glass ceiling to celebrate the graduating seniors of Loyola University Chicago’s Dance Program. After a year of virtual programming and unknowns, the Senior Solo Showcase returned to Palm Court with a stunning and emotional performance by the Class of 2022. Graduating seniors include Naomi Alvarado, Emily Carroccio, Hannah Hinerman, Arielle McKeever, Merritt Stults, Alysha Grancorvitz, Sophia Seger-Pera, and Nia Montgomery.
  • Artist-in-Residence

    Blakeley White-McGuire Appointed Fall 2021 Artist-In-Residence in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts

    “A dancer of powerful technique, dramatic instinct and an appealing modern spunk”. – The New York Times

    During her residence at Loyola University Chicago, critically acclaimed Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company (2001-2016, 2017), Blakeley White-McGuire, will teach Graham technique and theory, stage two excerpts from Graham’s 1937 tour de force, “Sketches From Chronicle” titled Steps in the Street and Prelude to Action for the Fall Mainstage Dance Concert, Nevertheless, She Persisted, and complete the next series of revisions on her forthcoming book Martha Graham Dance Company: House of Pelvic Truth through Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Arts Research and Practice

    Student Dance Composition Featured in the Fall 2021 Mainstage Dance Concert

    Dance major Emily Carroccio translates her choreographic work on religious purity from film to stage for the Fall 2021 mainstage dance concert, Nevertheless, She Persisted.
  • Engaged Learning in the Arts

    Dance Fieldwork in Chicago

    Dance fieldwork by three recent dance grads exemplifies how Chicago serves as an extended classroom.
  • Faculty

    Loyola Dance Welcomes Raul Casasola

    Loyola Dance Welcomes Raul Casasola of the Joffrey Ballet.

    Dance Minor Uses Dance 280 Knowledge for Healthcare Internship

    Senior Dance Minor wants to change the face of healthcare through dance. See how the Adaptive Dance Practices course encouraged that dream.
  • Faculty

    A Look Back: Sarita Smith Childs’ First Semester at Loyola

    Loyola University Chicago’s Dance Program had the honor of welcoming Sarita Smith Childs as the newest member of its dance faculty this year. Click here to read more.