Madeleine Hall
Dance Performance and Psychology
Orlando, Florida

What’s the best thing about being a Bulldog? 
The best thing about being a Bulldog is that I have the unique opportunity to continue my artistic and academic education simultaneously. Both are equally important to me, and Butler provides the perfect environment to thrive in my majors. As I delve into my artistic pursuits, it fuels my creativity and enhances my academic performance. The two aspects of my education allow me to cultivate a well-rounded skill set that will undoubtedly shape my future endeavors.

What’s your favorite student activity?
As a Dance major, the numerous performances we participate in throughout the year are extraordinary experiences that have shaped me as an artist. Choreographing six pieces as a student has been more than just a creative outlet; it’s been a journey of self-discovery. Each choreographic process has allowed me to explore different facets of dance and provided valuable insights into my own artistic voice. Having created over 15 dance films—some of which have been showcased at local and international film festivals—I’ve found a unique way to bridge the worlds of dance and visual storytelling. 

Which faculty member has inspired you the most and why?
Professor Susan McGuire has been a significant source of inspiration throughout my time here at Butler. From being a student in her Modern, Improv, and Choreography classes to working with her in several rehearsal processes, I greatly respect and admire her. Outside of the studio, our conversations have been equally inspiring. Professor McGuire’s willingness to share insights and engage in meaningful dialogue has motivated me to approach classes, rehearsals, and creation thoughtfully and deliberately.

What do you want to do upon graduation?
I plan to dance professionally with a company, with the long-term goal of starting my own dance company. Simultaneously, I’m drawn to academics and want to continue my education by pursuing graduate school in psychology. Regardless of where these paths may lead, one constant remains—I will continue to create.