News and announcements
Congratulations to the Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars Winners!
1st Place and People's Choice Winners: Maria Suszynski and Jordan Colovos (Cha Cha)
2nd Place Winners: Mike Leinwand and Cecily Shives (Tango)
3rd Place Winners: Billy Clayton and Sarah Mills (Quickstep)
The WMU Department of Dance has released a new video!
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.