Partners in Dance and WMU Department of Dance present:
Dancing with the WMU Kazoo Stars 2019
Friday, Oct 18
Doors open 7:30pm
Program begins 8:15pm
Miller Auditorium, WMU
Featured Celebrity Dancers
Eric Cunningham, Kalamazoo City Commissioner
Kristen DeVries, WMU Vice President of University Advancement
Jeremy Koch, Artistic Director, Farmers Alley Theatre
Lucas Mansberger, Analyst and Investment Strategist, Greenleaf Trust
Sarah Mansberger, Managing Partner, Southwest Michigan First
Stephanie Moore, Kalamazoo County Commissioner
Tony Proudfoot, WMU Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Communication
Featured Celebrity Judges
- Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo
- Lori Moore, Actress and local media personality
- Troy Thrash, President & CEO, Air Zoo
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.
Heather Baker and Tyler Caster take home 1st place and the People's Choice Award in Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars 2018 with swing dance.
Dr. Candy McCorkle and David Maybank waltz their way to second place in Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars 2018!
Chris Praedel and Sidney Johnson with the tango , along with Grace Lubwama and Michael Arellano dancing the rumba, excited the crowd and wowed the judges so much that we ended up with a tie for 3rd place.
Mariko Willis and Nirvan Singh gave us an energetic quickstep performed to "Sympathy for the Devil".
Troy Thrash and Katherine Kennedy enthralled the audience with the fox trot, performed to"Dammit, Janet".
Provost Jen Bott and James Felton dazzled the crowd with their salsa, performed to "Recuérdame ".
Thank you to all our participants, guests, and sponsors for making this such a special event!