• Photo from performance of 'Ardently Involved.'

    "Ardently Involved"

    Choreographers: Karina Conley and Jesse Hoisington (students)

  • Photo from performance of 'Frug.'


    Choreographer: Lauren Thompson Hall (guest artist)

  • Photo from performance of 'If I Could Disguise the Scream.'

    "If I Could Disguise the Scream"

    Choreographer: Carolyn Pavlik (faculty)

  • Photo from performance of 'Addio Amore.'

    "Addio Amore"

    Choreographer: Nelly van Bommel (guest artist)

News and announcements 

Congratulations to Cathleen Huling, Recipient of the 2016 Community Dance Advocacy Award

The WMU Department of Dance has released a new video!

James Gregg selected as the winner of the 2015-16 WMU National Choreography Competition
On Wednesday, March 25, community members and WMU faculty, staff and students gathered at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to select the winner of the 2015-16 WMU National Choreography Competition.  The audience of more than 60 people selected Mr. Gregg as the winner.  James Gregg has choreographed works for DanceWorks Chicago, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, and River North Dance Company, among others.  As a performer, he worked with Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance, and River North Dance Company.  Mr. Gregg will be on campus in January 2016 to create a dance for WMU dance students.  The dance will be performed in the Winter Gala Dance Concert February 25-27, 2016.

Department of Dance Benefits From Historic Gift.  
Martha (Marti) S. Hearron, long-time supporter of the arts at Western Michigan University, gave a $250,000 gift to create an endowment to support the Great Works Dance Project.  The endowment will be named the Arthur E. and Martha S. Hearron Great Works Dance Project Endowment and will be used to support the costs related to producing Great Works dances.  Hearron, a renowned biostatistician for the Upjohn Co., died Nov. 29, 2014.  The department is grateful to Marti and Art for their generosity and unwavering support for WMU dance students.