Upcoming Events


December 2016

Western Dance Project & Friends at Art Hop
Friday, Dec 2, 6 p.m.
Epic Center, Free

WMU Department of Dance students will perform choreography from the upcoming  Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala, and other dances.  


Fall Showcase
Saturday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

Featuring the choreography of WMU students performed by first-year dancers, including a featured guest artist work.



Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala
Thursday, Feb. 2 - Saturday, Feb 4,  8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4 & Sunday, Feb. 5, 2:00 pm
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Laura V. Shaw Theatre

Celebrating 20 years of masterful works by celebrated choreographers performed by WMU students, the Great Works Gala will feature choreography by Antony Tudor, Kyle Abraham, Frank Chaves, Loïe Fuller, and more!  Tickets available starting January 9, 2017 through the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office, (269) 387-6222.


Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Reception
Saturday, Feb 4,  6:30 p.m.
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Atrium Lobby

A celebration reception marking the 20th Anniversary of the Great Works Dance Project at WMU.  Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.


Department Entrance Auditions
Friday, Feb. 17, beginning at 8:00 am
Dalton Center

All students who wish to major in dance must attend an entrance audition day. Entrance auditions are scheduled three times a year. Limited scholarships may be available at the February auditions. For more information please see our auditions page.


MArch 2017

Western Dance Project at The Michigan Five
Saturday, Mar. 11, 8:00pm
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, West Bloomfield, MI
Tickets start at $28
The Michigan Five are Michigan's premier dancers from 5 colleges and universities choreographed by the industry's top choreographers for an evening of truly spectacular dance!  Highlighting the most outstanding and creative dance talent from colleges and universities throughout the state. The entire performance celebrates the outstanding dancers of Michigan’s colleges and universities directed by the world’s finest choreographers. Tickets available via The Berman Center for the Performing Arts.


Noon Dance Showing
Friday, Mar. 17, 12:00 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

An informal showing of choreography and works-in-progress by WMU students.


Junior Jury Presentations
Thursday, Mar. 23, 8 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

Junior BFA candidates present solo choreography which exhibits their choreographic, technical, and performance skills. 


April 2017

BFA Graduating Presentations Concert
Thursday, Apr. 6 - Saturday, Apr. 8, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 8 & Sunday, Apr. 9, 2 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B

Each year students completing the BFA in dance, produce a concert of their own. In addition to choreographing individual dances, the students work together on all aspects of the production including artistic direction, design, administration, publicity, and promotion.   Tickets available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. (269) 387-2300


BA Capstone Presentations
Monday, Apr. 10 , 8 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free
Presentations of the culminating projects of students completing the BA in dance; including choreography, performance, dance for camera, and scholarly research.


Western Dance Project Farewell Showing
Friday, Apr. 21, 8:00 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

The Department’s touring ensemble presents its final showing of the year, featuring faculty and student choreography.