Dance at Western

Discover your artistic voice

Dance majors at WWU are celebrated for their individuality and varied interests within the field of dance and beyond, and are challenged to discover their own artistic voice as performer, choreographer, and scholar.

Dancers at Western engage in a rigorous physical and intellectual understanding of movement art.  Today’s dancers are making and changing history as they reflect on the role of dance in our society through a multi-faceted lens.

WWU Dance majors are contributing to contemporary thinking about dance and art making through in-depth study of dance technique and performance, somatic practices, anatomy and kinesiology, choreography and creative process, dance history, career preparation and entrepreneurial skills, and interdisciplinary study.

Students collaborate with faculty and internationally known guest artists. They are immersed in the rigor of practice, with both physical and intellectual approaches to artistic process.  

The College of Fine and Performing arts offers opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Students from Music, Theatre and Visual Art innovate together through collaborative projects.

We offer progressive approaches to physical and creative practice to support thinking artists and artistic thinkers that are ready to “make waves” in the field of dance.

Renowned Guest Choreographers

WWU Dance students have the unique opportunity to perform works created by renowned guest choreographers. These have included:

  • Trisha Brown
  • Rebecca Bryant
  • Anya Cloud
  • Liz Gerring
  • Alan Good
  • Martha Graham
  • Mark Haim
  • Hannah Kahn
  • Cyrus Khambatta
  • Lar Lubovitch
  • Wade Madsen
  • Susan Marshall
  • Mark Morris
  • Kraig Patterson
  • Joachim Schloemer
  • Doug Varone