Dance

  • Photo from performance of 'Ardently Involved.'

    "Ardently Involved": Choreographers: Karina Conley and Jesse Hoisington (students)
    2013

  • Photo from performance of 'Frug.'

    "Frug": Choreographer: Lauren Thompson Hall (guest artist)
    2013

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

    "If I Could Disguise the Scream": Choreographer: Carolyn Pavlik (faculty)
    2013

  • Photo from performance of 'Addio Amore.'

    "Addio Amore": Choreographer: Nelly van Bommel (guest artist)
    2011

Summer Offerings at WMU

Western Michigan University offers a variety of classes in the summer. Summer courses are open to WMU students, guest students from other colleges, and high school students seeking to take a college course. WMU offers undergraduate and graduate courses in two terms: summer I and summer II.

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News and announcements 

James Gregg selected as the winner of the 2015-16 WMU National Choreography Competition
On Wednesday, March 25, community members and WMU faculty, staff and students gathered at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to select the winner of the 2015-16 WMU National Choreography Competition.  The audience of more than 60 people selected Mr. Gregg as the winner.  James Gregg has choreographed works for DanceWorks Chicago, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, and River North Dance Company, among others.  As a performer, he worked with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance, and River North Dance Company.  Mr. Gregg will be on campus in January 2016 to create a dance for WMU dance students.  The dance will be performed in the Winter Gala Dance Concert February 25-27, 2016.

Department of Dance Benefits From Historic Gift.  
Martha (Marti) S. Hearron, long-time supporter of the arts at Western Michigan University, gave a $250,000 gift to create an endowment to support the Great Works Dance Project.  The endowment will be named the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron Great Works Dance Project Endowment and will be used to support the costs related to producing Great Works dances.  Hearron, a renowned biostatistician for the Upjohn Co., died Nov. 29, 2014.  The department is grateful to Marti and Art for their generosity and unwavering support for WMU dance students.  

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 was 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.