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September 2017

Christian Denice Residency
Fri. Sept. 1 - Mon. Sept. 4
 
Chicago choreographer, Christian Denice, is in residence setting a new work on Western Dance Project. Denice has created work for Odyssey 2, Expansions Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, and DanceWorks Chicago.
 
Christian Denice Open Rehearsal
Mon. Sept. 4 @ 4pm
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free
 
A rehearsal of Christian Denice's new work, performed by Western Dance Project.
 
Brendan Duggan Residency
Fri. Sept. 8 - Sat. Sept. 16
 
Brendan Duggan, winner of the National Choreography Competition, is in residence setting a new work on WMU Dancers. Duggan is the co-founder of New York City based dance collective Loud Hound Movement.
 
Brendan Duggan Open Rehearsal
Fri. Sept. 15 @ 5pm
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free
 
A rehearsal of Brendan Duggan's new work commisisoned for the National Choroegraphy Competition, performed by WMU dancers.  The work will premiere in this year's Winter Gala.

 

OCtober 2017

Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars
Fri. Oct. 6 @8pm
Miller Auditiorium, $85
 
Sponsored by Partners in Dance, WMU dance students paired with local “stars” perform ballroom-style dances for a panel of celebrity judges. Proceeds support student dance scholarships. For more information call the Department of Dance at (269) 387-5875.
 
 
Noon Dance Showing
Fri. Oct. 13 @ 12pm
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free
 
An informal showing of choreography and works-in-progress by WMU students.
 

Department Entrance Auditions
Friday, Oct. 20, beginning at 8:00 am
Dalton Center

All students who wish to major in dance must attend an entrance audition day. Entrance auditions are scheduled three times a year. Students may also elect to audition for select scholarships at the October or November auditions. For more information please see our auditions page.

 
Taylor 2 Residency
Sun. Oct. 29 - Fri. Nov. 10
 
Paul Taylor's second company, Taylor 2, is in residence setting "Esplanade" on WMU dancers for the Winter Gala, as well as hosting workshops and master classes.

 

November 2017

Taylor 2 Open Rehearsal
Fri. Nov. 3 @ 5pm
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free
 
A rehearsal of Paul Taylors's "Esplanade" performed by WMU dancers, open to the public. Esplanade is revered for showcasing the joy of dance, embracing the inner child, and being welcoming to its audience.
 
Paul Taylor: Dancemaker
Fri. Nov. 10 @ 8pm
Chenery Auditorium
 
WMU Dancers perform this year's Great Work, Paul Taylor's masterpiece "Esplanade", within a concert of signature Taylor works performed by the professional company.
 
 

Department Entrance Auditions
Friday, Nov. 10, beginning @ 8:00 am
Dalton Center

All students who wish to major in dance must attend an entrance audition day. Entrance auditions are scheduled three times a year. Students may also elect to audition for select scholarships at the October or November auditions. For more information please see our auditions page.

 

American College Dance Association Adjudications and Noon Dance Showing
Friday, Nov. 17 @ 12:00 p.m.
Dalton Center, Multimedia Room, Free

An informal showing of choreography and works-in-progress by WMU students. Works will be adjudicated for inclusion in the American College Dance Association’s East-Central Conference at Kent State University.

 
 
Orchesis Dance Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 15 - Saturday, Nov. 18 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 & Sunday, Nov. 19 @ 2 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, $12 for Adults, $5 for Students

 

Every fall Orchesis Dance Society, in conjunction with the department, produces a concert composed entirely of student work, enabling students to explore their creative aesthetics. The proceeds of this concert are put forth to bringing guest artists from the professional world in to enrich the education of our students.  Tickets available through the Miller Auditorium Box Office (269) 387-2300.

 

December 2017

In the Works with WMU Dance at Art Hop
Friday, Dec 1 @ 6:00 p.m.
Epic Center, Free

Western Dance Project, WMU Department of Dance’s touring company, will present a lecture/performance during the December Art Hop, including faculty and student choreography.

Fall Showcase
Saturday, Dec. 9 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, $5

Featuring the choreography of WMU students performed by first-year dancers, including a new work by 2017 Department of Dance Distinguished Alumna, Melanie George.

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FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Gala Dance Concert
Thursday, Feb. 1 - Saturday, Feb 3 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3 @ 2:00pm
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Laura V. Shaw Theatre
 
The annual dance concert featuring faculty and student choreography, as well as guest artist works by Taylor 2, Brendan Duggan, and Christian Denice, performed by WMU Dancers.
Starting in December, tickets will be available by calling the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office at (269) 387-6222.
 

Department Entrance Auditions
Friday, Feb. 23, beginning @ 8:00 am
Dalton Center

All students who wish to major in dance must attend an entrance audition day. Entrance auditions are scheduled three times a year. Students may also elect to audition for select scholarships at the October or November auditions. For more information please see our auditions page.

 

MArch 2018

Western Dance Project at The Michigan Five
Date to be announced
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, West Bloomfield, MI
Tickets start at $28
The Michigan Five are Michigan's premier dancers from 5 colleges and universities choreographed by the industry's top choreographers for an evening of truly spectacular dance!  Highlighting the most outstanding and creative dance talent from colleges and universities throughout the state. The entire performance celebrates the outstanding dancers of Michigan’s colleges and universities directed by the world’s finest choreographers. Tickets available via The Berman Center for the Performing Arts.
 

American College Dance Association East-Central Region Conference
March 10-13
Ohio University

WMU Students will participate in master classes with teachers from with the region, as well as guest artists from accross the nation.  They will also perform works for adjudication by respected members of the profession and will receive feedback on both the performance and artistry of the work.

Noon Dance Showing
Friday, Mar. 16 @12:00 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

An informal showing of choreography and works-in-progress by WMU students.

 

Junior Jury Presentations
Thursday, Mar. 29, @ 8 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

Junior BFA candidates present solo choreography which exhibits their choreographic, technical, and performance skills. 

 

April 2018

BFA Graduating Presentations Concert A
Thursday  Apr. 12
Saturday, Apr. 14 @ 1 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B
 
BFA Graduating Presentations Concert B
Friday, Apr. 13 - Saturday, Apr. 14 @ 8 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B
 

Each year students completing the BFA in dance, produce a concert of their own. In addition to choreographing individual dances, the students work together on all aspects of the production including artistic direction, design, administration, publicity, and promotion.   Starting in March tickets will be available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. (269) 387-2300.

 

BA Capstone Presentations and WDP Wrap Up
Monday, Apr. 16 @ 8 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free
 
Presentations of the culminating projects of students completing the BA in dance; including choreography, performance, dance for camera, and scholarly research.

Western Dance Project, the department’s touring ensemble, presents its final showing of the year, featuring faculty and student choreography.

 

MAY 2018

WMU Dance New York Performance
Friday, May 4 @ 8 p.m.
Gibney Dance Center, NYC
 
WMU students perform a new work by National Choreography Competition Winner, Brendan Duggan, and a selection of other works.