Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance is nationally recognized as a community that values aesthetic breadth, student choice and disciplinary excellence. In our mission as a dance community, we are committed to:
offering a comprehensive education in all three major forms of dance.
providing experiences that foster professional connections.
creating varied performance opportunities for our students.
having our full time faculty being engaged in creative research.
Western Michigan University's Department of Dance is now offering an Online Undergraduate Certificate in Dance Studio Management, starting in the Fall of 2016. The curriculum is designed to provide current and prospective dance studio owners with knowledge and skills related to dance studio ownership and management. The course offerings will consist of Dancer Wellness, Dance Studio Management, Employee-Client Relations, Recital Preparation and Production, and Training Theories for Dancers.
WMU Dancer Majors have started a chapter of Movement Exchange, which fosters cross-cultural understanding, civic engagement, and creative expression through dance and service by providing dance education to under served populations both domestically and internationally. In addition to the work they do with local schools, our students traveled this spring to Panama where they spent a week doing community outreach. They both took and taught classes at the country's one and only university dance program and spent a considerable amount of time teaching at the Malambo Orphanage.
For more about Movement Exchange check out this video: