It is with the greatest sadness that we share that Wendy Cornish, Professor Emerita in the Department of Dance, passed peacefully on April 2, 2020 at her home surrounded by the love of her immediate family. The sense of loss in our community is profound. Wendy was the light shining brightly at the heart of the Department of Dance for decades – leading us, challenging and inspiring students, and going above-and-beyond to champion the art of dance in our community.
A memorial service is not possible at this time, but we hope to come together in late summer or early fall at WMU. Plans will be announced at a later date.
Dear WMU Dance community,
In response to the growing concerns of community health in the face of COVID-19 the Department of Dance has cancelled all public performances on campus for rest of the semester.
Noon Dance Showing, Friday, 3/13
BFA Junior Jury Presentations, Saturday, 3/28
BFA Graduating Presentations, April 9-11
BA Capstone Performance/WDP Wrap Up, 4/13
Western Dance Project’s performances in Battle Creek on 3/18 and at Woods Lake on 3/23 and 3/25 are also cancelled.
We are disappointed not to share the incredible creative work of our students with our community, but feel strongly that we must do our part to support the university’s commitment to the health and well-being of our students, faculty/staff, and patrons.
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Dance
WMU Dance will be hosting 425 collegiate dancers from around the nation in Feb. 29-Mar. 3, 2020 for the annual American College Dance Association East Central Conference.