• The Great Works Dance Project introduces WMU’s students audiences to the finest world-class historic and contemporary dance works.

  • Students participate in faculty creative, technology, and scholarly research projects.

  • Each year students connect with leading professionals in choreography and performance through residencies and masterclasses.

  • The National Choreography Competition commissions rising choreographers to create a premiere work for WMU Dancers.

  • WMU Dance emphasizes equal training in modern, ballet, and jazz.

Western Michigan University is one of 80 institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Housed in the beautiful Dalton Center, the Department of Dance is dedicated to serving undergraduate students. The Department of Dance has 120 students pursuing B.A. and B.F.A. dance degrees and 55 students pursuing a dance minor. The department also provides dance training for the music theatre majors.

Distinctive features of the department include an equal emphasis on training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance, as well as the Great Works Dance Project and the National Choreography Competition. 

There are numerous performance opportunities such as being a member of a student dance company. The department is committed to providing professional immersion experiences that will help students make a smooth transition from student to dance professional. Students also have the opportunity to work with dance faculty on creative and scholarly research projects which often lead to regional and national presentations.


NASD Contact Information

National Association of Schools of Dance
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248
703-437-0700 Phone