Upcoming Events

 

September 2016

Brian Enos Residency
Thursday, Sept. 1- Tuesday, Sept. 6

Brian Enos stages his work "Dipthong" on the students of Western Dance Project. Enos was named “Best up and coming choreographer” by the Houston Press. and was also a winner of the annual Hubbard Street 2 International Choreographic Competition. For more information on Brian Enos please visit his website.

 

Marianela Boán Residency, Contemporary Dance Project
Sunday, Sept. 11 - Friday, Sept. 16

The purpose of this residency is to expose WMU students to an international dance company whose mission is to “combine works by established masters with works by talented young Dominicans.  During the residency, Director Boán and company dancers will teach technique courses in all levels of modern and jazz, lead repertoire and choreography classes, and engage with lecture classes

Marianela Boán is an internationally known choreographer, recognized as one of the most important artists of contemporary Cuban dance and  a leader of the Hispanic American dance vanguard. For more information please visit her website

 

Marianela Boán Performances
Thursday, Sept. 15 and Friday, Sept. 16 at 8pm
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

 

Lilac Garden Residency
Sunday, Sept. 18 - Friday, Sept. 30

Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner of American Ballet Theatre rehearse WMU students in Antony Turdor’s signature ballet, "Lilac Garden". Originally choreographed in 1936 for London’s Ballet Rambert, the bittersweet, emotional ballet for 6 couples was heralded a sensation, and permanently crowned Tudor as one of the most exciting choreographers of the time.  For more information on the work of Antony Tudor, please visit the Anthony Tudor Trust website.

 

Lilac Garden Open Rehearsal
Friday, Sept. 30, 5pm
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

WMU students rehearse Antony Tudor's "Lilac Garden" after a two-week intensive residency with Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, in preparation for this year's Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala.

 

October 2016

Noon Dance Showing
Friday, Oct. 14, 12:00 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

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

 

Dancing with the WMU/Kazoo Stars
Friday, Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Miller Auditorium, $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 tickets or more information call the Department of Dance at (269) 387-5875.

 

Department Entrance Auditions
Friday, Oct. 21, 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.

 

Orchesis Dance Concert
Wednesday, Oct. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 & Sunday, Oct. 30, 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 Miller Auditorium Box Office (269) 387-2300.

 

November 2016

American College Dance Association Adjudications and Noon Dance Showing
Friday, Nov. 4, 12:00 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, 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.

 

Abraham.In.Motion Residency
Monday, Nov. 7 - Sunday,  Nov. 13

Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage. For more information on Abraham.In.Motion please visit their website.

 

"The Gettin'" Open Rehearsal with Abraham.In.Motion
Friday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

WMU dance alumni Matt Baker and Jeremy Neal of Abraham.In.Motion rehearse WMU students in internationally celebrated choreographer Kyle Abraham’s "The Gettin’". Abraham’s movement style takes the emotional explosiveness and physicality of hip-hop and melds it with classical technique and contemporary vocabulary to tackle issues of identity, race, culture, history, and freedom.

 

Department Entrance Auditions
Friday, Nov. 11, 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.

 

Jessica Lindberg Coxe - Fire Dance Residency
Saturday, Nov. 19 - Tuesday, Nov. 22

Jessica Lindberg Coxe, who holds a MFA in Dance Notation, Reconstruction and Directing from Score will return as a guest artist to set dance pioneer Loie Fuller's "Fire Dance" on the students of WMU.  Fuller was a regular performer at the Folies Bergère and became the embodiment of the Art Nouveau movement.  

 

December 2016

Western Dance Project & Friends at Art Hop
Friday, Dec 2, 5:30 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. 10, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

Featuring the choreography of WMU students performed by first-year dancers, including a featured guest artist work.

 

FEBRUARY 2017

Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Gala
Thursday, Feb. 2 - Saturday, Feb 4,  8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4 & Sunday, Feb. 5, 2:00pm
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Laura V. Shaw Theatre
 

Celebrating 20 years of masterful works by celebrated choreographers performed by WMU students, the Great Works Gala will feature choreography by Antony Tudor, Kyle Abraham, Frank Chaves, Loïe Fuller, and more!  Tickets available through the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office, (269) 387-6222.

 

Great Works Dance Project 20th Anniversary Reception
Saturday, Feb 4,  6:30 p.m.
Gilmore Theatre Complex, Atrium Lobby
 

A celebration reception marking the 20th Anniversary of the Great Works Dance Project at WMU.  Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

 

Department Entrance Auditions
Friday, Feb. 17, 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. Limited scholarships may be available at the February auditions. For more information please see our auditions page.

 

MArch 2017

Western Dance Project at The Michigan Five
Saturday, Mar. 11, 8:00pm
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.

 

Noon Dance Showing
Friday, Mar. 17, 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. 23, 8 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free

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

 

April 2017

BFA Graduating Presentations Concert
Thursday, Apr. 6 - Saturday, Apr. 8, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Apr. 8 & Sunday, Apr. 9, 2 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.   Tickets available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office. (269) 387-2300

 

BA Capstone Presentations
Monday, Apr. 10 , 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 Farewell Showing
Friday, Apr. 2, 8:00 p.m.
Dalton Center, Studio B, Free
 

The Department’s touring ensemble presents its final showing of the year, featuring faculty and student choreography.