Dance courses offered include all levels of ballet, jazz and modern dance, five courses in choreography, three dance history courses, dance science and analysis, conditioning, pedagogy and production. An audition is required for acceptance into all dance major programs. Consult the University catalog for more information.
The Department of Dance at Western Michigan University offers four programs in dance:
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance (80 credit hours)
The B.F.A. program emphasizes performance, choreographic and aesthetic training and is designed for the student seeking employment at the professional level.
Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance (53 credit hours)
The B.A. program offers an opportunity to explore the diversity of the dance profession within a strong liberal arts component. B.A. students individualize their program by choosing electives that support their dance career goals.
Online Certificate in Dance Management (18 credit hours)
The Online Undergraduate Certificate in Dance Studio Management is designed to provide current and prospective dance studio owners with knowledge and skills related to dance studio ownership and management. Application and admission requirements for the Online Certificate in Dance Studio Management can be found at www.wmich.edu/apply/undergraduate/nondegree.
Dance minor (18 credit hours)
The dance minor is designed for students who wish to continue their dance studies as an avocation. Due to high demand, the dance minor is limited to 50 students and there is a waiting list to become a minor.
Current Student Resources
Many of our majors have gone on to perform professionally with the well-known companies, some of which include:
- Complexions Contemporary Ballet
- Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
- Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago
- Garth Fagan Dance
- Eisenhower Dance Ensemble
- River North Chicago Dance Company
- Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
- Chicago Moving Company
- Bebe Miller Company
- Milwaukee Ballet
- The Joel Hall Dancers
Others have danced at major theme parks, in touring productions of Broadway shows and on cruise ships. Graduates have been accepted into prestigious graduate dance programs. Others run successful dance studios or teach in community colleges and universities.