Dancing With the WMU/Kazoo Stars


Saturday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.

Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars Scholarship Fundraiser pairs local “Stars” with one or more WMU dance students to perform for a panel of celebrity judges and a very supportive audience for a very good cause - WMU Dance students. 

While the event has featured only ballroom-style dances in the past, things are being shaken up this year and will feature new dance genres performed in the Dalton Recital Hall. We look forward to returning with the bells and whistles next year! 


This show will be presented in the Dalton Recital Hall.


  • Grace K. Gheen

    Director of Communications, OutFront Kalamazoo

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  • Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri

    Superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools

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  • Ed Martini

    Associate Provost and Dean, Merze Tate College WMU

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  • Petey Stephanak

    Partner, Southwest Michigan First

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  • Jessica Thompson

    Founder/Owner, Bee Joyful Zero Waste & Refill Shop

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Celebrity Judges

  • Lori Moore

    Local media personality and Kalamazoo STAR

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  • Kia Smith

    Artistic Director of South Chicago Dance Theatre, and alumna of WMU Dance

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  • David Curwen

    Professor Emeritus, WMU Department of Dance

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WMU Student Partners

Cassie Stahnke and Sara Kausch with Grace Gheen

Noelle Dewees and Sarah Neubar with Ed Martini

Anna Cafagna and Emma Kuechler with Rita Raichoudhuri 

Mikayla Bunn and Avree Gundersen with Petey Stephanak

Paige Mulick and Sawyer McNamara with Jessica Thompson