Dance professor wins choreography competition

March 11, 2013

KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University Assistant Professor of Dance Kirsten Harvey’s choreography was selected from a field of 16 professional choreographers to receive the top award at the 2014 Choreographic Sponsorship Event hosted by Inaside Chicago Dance March 9.

Harvey’s students traveled with her to Chicago to perform her jazz dance, “Black Iris,” which first premiered at WMU’s Winter Gala Dance Concert in 2012. Professor Harvey is completing her fourth year on the WMU dance faculty, specializing in jazz dance and musical theatre. As part of her award, Harvey will set her choreography on Inaside Chicago Dance for their 2013-14 season.

Inaside Chicago Dance, a professional jazz dance company, advances innovative artistry through choreography, performances, and educational programs to heighten the state of the art in the Midwest. The vision of Inaside Chicago Dance is to enrich the art form of dance by nurturing the dancer as a performer, choreographer and teacher and by making dance accessible to all ages through performances, workshops and outreach.