Michigan native Madonna Louise Cicconi may have moved away from the Wolverine State many, many years ago for the bright lights of New York City, NY but she clearly has a fondness for her home state … and her alma mater The University of Michigan. Maddy’s eldest daughter Lourdes Maria Cicconi Leon will be graduating high school soon so it’s time for her to start visiting potential colleges. Upon her mother’s suggestion, Lola paid a visit to the campus of U of M in Ann Arbor, MI this week (with her mom, of course) and they caused a bit of a frenzy when they were spotted around town. Click below to find out what happened when Madonna brought her daughter back home to visit the school that helped jump start her massively successful career.
Is Lourdes Leon planning to follow in her famous mom’s footsteps? The word spread like wildfire Wednesday afternoon that Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon, were sighted visiting the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. Madonna’s publicist Liz Rosenberg did not reply to an email from the Free Press, and a staffer at the School of Music, which she was expected to visit, would neither confirm nor deny it. But Twitter was rife with people who said they spotted her in A2. The crew at Sava’s restaurant had no hesitation announcing the singer’s presence. This was the venue’s Facebook status from around 8 p.m. Wednesday: Madonna just ate dinner at Sava’s! …Yes, you heard that right. Madonna means the world to your Sava’s Management team; we live and breathe her. This is a big day for us! Hopefully Lola chooses U of M so we can see more of them!!!!!!!!!!” World came late Wednesday that they wanted to visit the dance department building, setting off a new wave of excitement. “We were told that we could expect a visit from Madonna in about 15-20 minutes, and we were thrilled beyond belief,” said Peter Sparling, the Thurnau Professor of Dance in the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Alas, the two never made it to the dance department studios in the same Central Campus building where the Michigan-born pop star attended classes during a brief stint as a Wolverine following her graduation from Rochester Adams High School … Sparling had been gathered with about 15 dance students, as they posed for photos for an upcoming performance showcase. After about 90 minutes, word came that Madonna’s visit to the dance studios had been aborted because word had leaked to the media that she was scouting the campus on a college visit with her daughter, Sparling said. “We missed our chance to see our distinguished alum,” said Sparling. “Madonna, if you’re out there, come to the Dance Building. Come to see us. We love you.” Before her 2012 Superbowl halftime performance, Madonna said in an interview that she was encouraging her daughter to attend the school. “I want my daughter to got to school there … I keep telling her Ann Arbor is an awesome place,” she said.
This is so great! We know that Lola has been studying at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the Fame school) in NYC so she’s primed for a university experience in the arts. If she does attend the dance school at U of M, she will not only be following her mother’s lead but also the lead of countless other accomplished performers who have attended the school. I’m sure it wasn’t ALL his fault but Professor Sparling’s tweet about Madonna’s visit to his studio probably paid a big role in why the visit was cancelled. Then again, I can understand how it would be extremely difficult to keep news that Madonna is going to visit you a secret (that said, I try not to say anything about anything until after it happens). It’s entirely possible that the visit to U of M this week was a courtesy visit and it’s extremely likely that Lola will be making other college visits in the weeks/months to come. I would LOVE for Lourdes to attend classes at U of M. I can confirm that Ann Arbor is an amazing city as well as the fact that she will earn an extremely valuable education if she decides to go with U of M.