Partners in Dance

Partners in Dance is a community support organization for the Department of Dance. This organization promotes greater awareness of dance in the community, encourages participation at WMU events, and generates funds for scholarships, special projects and the Great Works Dance Project.


Annually Partners in Dance participates in:

  • Hosting the December Art Hop performance by the Western Dance Project and guests
  • Bestowing tuition scholarships for WMU dance majors
  • Providing summer conference support for WMU dance majors
  • Other special events such as the bus trip and support for choreographic commissions


  • Membership Benefits

    Membership privileges include discounts on tickets for Department of Dance concerts, invitations to special masterclasses, guest artist presentations and receptions, opportunities for field trips to professional dance performances. Your support as a member will be gratefully acknowledged in the Department of Dance programs. Questions? Call us at (269) 387-5830.

  • Great Works Dance Project Endowment

    Partners in Dance is proud to raise funds to increase and safeguard the Great Works Dance Project Endowment Fund. The Great Works Dance Project is a unique program that brings the work of renowned choreographers to WMU students, faculty and staff and the greater Kalamazoo community. Since 1997, the WMU Department of Dance has produced 41 dances under the auspices of this special program.

    Partners in Dance relies on your membership gift to support the next generation of dance professionals, advocate for dance in West Michigan and beyond, sponsor special events that bring together WMU and the greater Kalamazoo community and invest in innovative dance programming.

  • Board of Directors

    Executive Board

    Pat Plasko, President

    Janis Clark, Past President

    Debra Norton, Treasurer

    Jessica Spano, Secretary

    Megan Slayter, Executive Director


    Board Members

    Catherine Artman

    Patti Herm

    Kelly Ann Kakaley

    Sabrina Merrill

    Denise Pollicella

    Carolyn Pampalone Rabbers

    Hanna Rose Stangebye

    Lisa Wainwright

    Sharon Welch

    April Woodward- Slack

    Ying Zeng


    Student Representative 

    Paige Mulick