Dance students participate in many student organizations. The following dance organizations provide excellent opportunities to perform, create new work, engage the community, teach, and explore the many forms and cultures of dance.
Orchesis Dance Society
The Orchesis Dance Society is a self- sustained organization within the department of dance at Western Michigan University. Orchesis acts as a liaison between faculty and students, provides performance opportunities, which enable students to showcase creative works, raises funds, brings in guest artists from the professional dance world, and provides any additional support to the dance department through dance events and fundraisers.
Movement Exchange fosters cross-cultural understanding, civic engagement, and creative expression through dance and service. We are service-oriented students who are interested and passionate about using dance and service as a tool for social change by providing dance education to under-served populations both domestically and internationally. In May of 2016, a group of 17 students traveled to Panama to provide community outreach at the Malambo Orphanage.
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Hip Hop Connxion (HHC)
The Hip Hop ConnXion (HHC) is globally known and respected as one of the top hip hop dance companies in the USA. The HHC was formed in March 1999 by Suavé, former choreographer and dancer for Culture Shock-Chicago. It is a professional dance troupe of all ages, sex and color each striving towards one common goal…TO INSPIRE! The company has a definitive mission statement which is, “Our Future Is Here Today”. It’s primary goal is to inspire others to be the best they can be and educate our youth to make positive choices by being positive role models within the community.
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Ebony Vision Dance Ensemble
Ebony Vision Dance Ensemble promotes the artistry of people of color. They performed their first annual showcase in the spring of 2019, featuring student and faculty choreography based in Afrocentric jazz.