The Department of Dance at Western Michigan University produces numerous concerts and special performances throughout the year. These include all forms of dance with choreography by faculty, students and guest artists.
For event dates and times, as well as ticketing information please see our events page.
Great Works Dance Project
A hallmark of the department is the Great Works Dance Project, a program designed to give students the opportunity to perform dances created by master choreographers.
Winter Gala DANCE CONCERT
A fully-produced dance concert which features faculty and select student choreography, as well as guest artist choreography performed by our students, including Great Works and commissioned new works such as those of the winner of the National Choreography Competition.
Western Dance Project
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.
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.
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.
A free concert featuring the choreography of our WMU dance majors performed by first-year students, including a featured guest artist work.
Senior Capstone Projects
Presentations of the culminating projects of students completing the BA in dance; including choreography, performance, dance for camera, and scholarly research.
Noon Dance Showings
Free informal showings of choreography and works in progress by our students on Friday afternoons.
Dancing with wmu/kazoo stars
Sponsored by Partners in Dance, this event pairs WMU students with local stars to rehearse and perform ballroom dances for a panel of celebrity judges. Proceeds for this event directly support student scholarships.
Luscombe collaboration project
This collaborative project, with supporting funds from the College of Fine Arts, engages undergraduate and/or graduate students in an interdisciplinary performance, encompassing at least three of the four departments within the college: Art, Dance, Music, and Theatre.
Zupko Collaboration project
Funded by a grant from the Ramon Zupko Enrichment Fund, this collaboration encompasses at least two faculty members and/or students, including one faculty member from the School of Music and the other from another discipline with the College of Fine Arts.