• Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars at Miller Auditorium Nov. 15, 2014.

  • Photo from performance of 'Ardently Involved.'

    "Ardently Involved": Choreographers: Karina Conley and Jesse Hoisington (students)

  • Photo from performance of 'Frug.'

    "Frug": Choreographer: Lauren Thompson Hall (guest artist)

  • Photo from performance of 'If I Could Disguise the Scream.'

    "If I Could Disguise the Scream": Choreographer: Carolyn Pavlik (faculty)

  • Photo from performance of 'Addio Amore.'

    "Addio Amore": Choreographer: Nelly van Bommel (guest artist)

News and announcements

Upcoming screenings for WMU Associate Professor Carolyn Pavlik's dance films
Associate Professor Carolyn Pavlik's dance film "Birds in Warped Time" has been selected to be screened at the 9th Annual Next Dance Cinema in Seattle. Her film "Lady-boy" will be screened in the Sans Souci Festival of Cinema at the Roxy in Missoula, MT on Friday and Saturday December 5 and 6, 2014.

WMU Dance Performs at Art Hop Friday, December 5, 2014
Western Dance Project and guests will present works from touring repertory and a preview of “Great Works” dances in the Winter Gala Dance Concert on Friday, December 5. This informal presentation is from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Wellspring Theatre in the Epic Center and is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by Partners in Dance.

Fall Showcase slated for Saturday, December 6, 2014
Freshman dance majors and Choreography III students will be featured in the Fall Showcase performances at 2:00 and 7:00 on Saturday, December 6 in Dance Studio B of the Dalton Center at Western Michigan University. Freshmen will perform a new work created by dance alumna Heather Vaughan-Southard. Choreography III students will show their new works that are performed by freshman dance majors. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars scholarship fundraiser a success
The November 15 Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars scholarship fundraiser brought in more than $12,000 for scholarships for dance majors. Special thanks to the celebrity dancers and celebrity judges for their outstanding performances; and to the generous sponsors who provided financial supprot for the event. Von Washington Jr. was selected to receive People's Choice Award and the First Place Prize; Michele Marquardt was the second place winner; and Marcie Kobriger was the third place winner.

Community Dance Advocacy Award Winner Announced - Patricia Plasko
Western Michigan University's Department of Dance and Partners in Dance are proud to announce the recipient of this year's Community Dance Advocacy Award, Patricia Plasko. The award will be presented at a special reception on Thursday, February 5, 2015 prior to the opening night of the Department of Dance's annual Winter Gala Dance Concert at WMU.