Dancing with the Stars

  • Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars 2018 is Oct. 27, at Miller Adu


Partners in Dance and WMU Department of Dance present:
Dancing with the WMU Kazoo Stars

Saturday, October 27
Doors open 7:30pm
Program begins 8:15pm
Miller Auditorium, WMU

 sold out!
Featured Celebrity Dancers
Heather Baker, COO of Southwest Michigan First
Dr. Jennifer Bott, WMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Grace Lubwama, CEO, YWCA Kalamazoo
Dr. Candy McCorkle, WMU Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Chris Praedel, Assoc. Dir. of Engagement, WMU Development and Alumni Relations
Troy Thrash, President and CEO, Air Zoo
Mariko C. Willis, Associate, Willis Law & COO, Willis Foundation
Celebrity Judges
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo
Lori Moore, Local media personality & star of The Kalamazoo Civic’s Hello Dolly!
Kathryn Williams, Award-winning musical theatre choreographer
Catering by
Comensoli’s Italian Bistro
(269) 387-5875



In 2008, the Department of Dance in conjunction with Partners in Dance, created a fundraiser for student scholarships based upon the reality show Dancing with the Stars.  Each year the dance competition features several pairs of local stars and WMU Dance students competing in various forms of ballroom dance.  The dancing is judged by three community figures and the audience selects the "People's Choice" winning pair. The evening's festivities are catered and include a full cash bar.  The proceeds of this event support student scholarships for WMU Dance students and are essential in assisting these students complete their studies.


2017 winners

Jon Hoadley and Tara Charvat take home 1st place in Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars 2017 with swing dance.

Dwayne Powell Jr. and Kirsten Smits salsa their way to second place in Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars 2017!

Western Michigan University President, Dr. Edward Montgomery and Medallion Scholar Alyssa Boone excited the crowd and wowed the judges bringing home 3rd place with their version of the mambo!

Lynn Zhang and Nirvan Singh danced the tango at this year's Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars and brought home the People's Choice Award.


Ron Kitchens and Brooke Jackson opened the competition with an energetic quickstep performed to "Get Happy".
Sheriff Richard Fuller and Kelly Anderson performing the fox trot  to"Let’s Face the Music and Dance".Jennifer Brinn Lentner and Alec Vereen enchanted the crowd with their waltz performed to "Moon River".

Thank you to all our participants, guests, and sponsors for making this such a special event! 2017 Contestants included Lynn Zhang, Jennifer Lentner, Dr. Edward Montgomery, Sheriff Richard Fuller, Ron Kitchens, Rep. Jon Hoadley, Dwayne Powell, Jr..

Event is co-hosted by:

Partners in Dance