• Photo showing ballet, jazz, and modern technique dancers

    Explore All Forms

    Explore and study ballet, jazz, and modern technique to the advanced level.

  • Facutly member Jeremy Blair demonstrating technique

    Gain A Mentor

    Get individual attention from dedicated faculty and develop as an artist.

  • Guest artist, Frank Chaves, teaches 2 WMU dancers in rehearsal.

    Connect with Professionals

    Learn from today's leading professionals through guest artist residencies.

  • Movement Exchange in Panama

    Expand Your Horizons

    Join a student organization and dance outside of the classroom.

Our community is your strength

Take a tour of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance and see how everything from our spaces to our curriculum to our campus community is designed for your success -  in dance and in life.

The Department of Dance is committed to:

  • Experiential learning through which students integrate theory and practice to discover, explore, and articulate a sense of themselves as dance artists and leaders
  • Providing curricula and special projects that value student choice and aesthetic breadth
  • Offering comprehensive, tri-focal training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance techniques
  • Engagement with national and international dance communities through artist residencies and immersive experiences
  • $145K in new and renewed endowed scholarships in 2018-19.

  • 50 masterworks in our Great Works Dance Project.

  • 25+ guest artists commissioned annually

  • 4 Programs of Study - BFA, BA, Minor, and Online Certificate