Western Dance Project

  • Photo of Western Dance Project performance.
  • Western Dance Project performing at the Kalamazoo Public Library.
  • Western Dance Project performing 'Yes, and…'
  • View from top of Kalamazoo Public Library's rotunda.

The Western Dance Project is the touring ensemble of the Western Michigan University Department of Dance. This group of 10 to 12 students provides concert performances, lecture-demonstrations and master classes in schools, community centers and at festivals statewide, regionally and nationally. Each year students learn repertoire from guest choreographers from across the United States. Department of Dance alumni are also engaged to create dances for the ensemble.

Under the direction of dance professor Whitney Moncrief, ensemble members have represented WMU at the Oakland Dance Festival, the east-central and national conferences of the American College Dance Festival Association, Michigan Dance Council Dance Day, RADFest and more.

The Western Dance Project was invited to perform in the Dance Chicago 2009 Grand Finale concert in Evanston, Ill. Dec. 12, 2009. This concert featured dances that represented the "best of festival" from Dance Chicago's two-week festival earlier in the year. The Western Dance Project performed the dance "Yes, and…," created by Chicago choreographer Autumn Eckman. "Yes, and…" was one of 13 dances selected from nearly 300 in the two-week festival. The creation of the dance was commissioned by the Western Dance Project as part of its touring repertoire.

For more information about the Western Dance Project, contact Artistic Director Whitney Moncrief at whitney.moncrief@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5826.