National Choreography Competition

Gabrielle Lamb named 2013 National Choreography Competition winner
The Department of Dance at Western Michigan University is pleased to announce that Gabrielle Lamb has been selected as the winner of the 2013 National Choreography Competition.


In 2011, Western Michigan University's Department of Dance developed the National Choreography Competition to identify and recognize emerging choreographers and bring their work to campus. Students then had the opportunity to work with the winning artist to create a new dance. In the first year of the competition, 73 choreographers from 24 states entered the competition. A dance faculty committee narrowed the field to three finalists. Innovation in movement, dance structure and subject matter were the criteria the faculty committee used to select the three finalists. They also selected finalists who would bring something new to Western Michigan University and audiences from southwest Michigan. Then students  faculty and members of the community were invited to view samples of work by three finalists and vote for their choice. The winner in the inaugural year was Lauren Edson. View Edson's biography.

Edson came to campus in fall 2011 to create a new work and presented her original dance titled "Foreground" at WMU's annual Winter Gala Dance Concert 2012. "Foreground" was then taken to the regional American College Dance Festival in March 2012 where it was selected for the gala concert and was one of two dances selected to be sent to the national American College Dance Festival where the dance was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In Michigan, her current projects include choreography for Grand Valley State and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. Excerpts from "Foreground" are available on YouTube.

Application information


Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen.

What to provide

  • DVD or YouTube link of one complete work
  • DVD or YouTube link of a minimum of two minutes of one additional work
  • One-page description of the work your would like to create
  • Biography
  • Contact information (email address, USPS mailing address, phone numbers)


The deadline for the second biennial National Choreography Competition submissions is Feb. 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified of the decision by May 1, 2013. Applications should be sent to:

National Choreography Competition 2013
Department of Dance
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5417

Note: materials will not be returned.

Review of applications

Entries will be reviewed by WMU Department of Dance faculty who will select no more than three finalists. The Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University communities will have an opportunity to vote for the winner. For additional questions, email Whitney Moncrief at

A complete media release and a flier are available in PDF format.