• Professor and two students using exercise equipment in the conditioning room.
  • Professor and three students in the technology lab.
  • Dancers practicing in a ballet classroom.
  • Jazz dancers leaping in the air.

Western Michigan University Department of Dance students attend class in the outstanding dance studios in the Dorothy U. Dalton Center. Three large studios and one medium studio are available for technique courses and rehearsals. Each is equipped with a piano, percussion instruments and sound playback units. A small studio is available for warm-up, solo and duet rehearsals. “Floating” floors in all studios, covered with specialized vinyl dance flooring, help provide a safe environment for performance of challenging dance repertory.

Two classrooms, a conditioning room, locker rooms, a dance technology lab, student lounge, and faculty and department offices supplement the beautiful studios. The conditioning room is equipped with four Pilates reformers, an exercise mat, mirrors, anatomical charts and other equipment. Locker rooms are equipped with lockers for each dance major student with showers, makeup lights, hairdryers and restrooms. The Harper C. Maybee Music and Dance Library is also conveniently located in the Dalton Center. The technology lab is equipped with Apple computers equipped with video and sound editing software, International Functional Anatomy and Merce Cunningham’s Dance Forms. Mini-DV cameras are also available for student use.

Performances are presented in Dalton Dance Studio B, Chenery Auditorium, Miller Auditorium, the D. Terry Williams Theatre and the Laura V. Shaw Theatre. These spaces provide a variety of traditional and non-traditional performance opportunities for two fully produced and several less formal productions each year. Dance Studio B converts easily from a studio to a performance space and is used for many informal presentations throughout the year. It also serves as a production lab where students learn lighting design for dance and experiment with projection and other dance technology.

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