11.22.2013

Lola and Madonna visit University of Michigan

Is Lourdes Leon planning to follow in her famous mom's footsteps?

The word came late Wednesday afternoon that a "celebrity mom" wanted to visit the dance department building on the University of Michigan's central campus.

"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, Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes Leon, 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.

Lourdes attends LaGuardia High School in New York City, the performing arts high school on which the 1980 "Fame" is based.

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."

Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg did not reply to an e-mail from the Free Press, and a staffer at the School of Music would neither confirm nor deny the visit. But Twitter was rife with people who said they spotted her in A2.