Dance Facilities


aerial view of the Commissary building, with a circle drawn around it
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The Western Washington University Dance program is housed in the newly refurbished Commissary on South Campus, near the Buchanan Towers residences and 25th Street entrance to the Sehome Arboretum.

Lounge/Warm-up space

Our student lounge area is equipped with comfortable furniture, a refrigerator, and microwave for student use and a large floor space for warming-up.

Pilates Room

A separate Pilates conditioning room features reformers and springboards for private coaching.


The Commissary was re-designed exclusively for the Dance Program in fall 2013. Included are two large brightly-lit studios: Studio B and Studio A.

Each studio features a sprung dance floor with a marley surface, multiple full-length studio quality mirrors, complement of barres, piano, and acoustical panels.

Studio B

an empty room with mirrors and sound panels on the wall

Studio B is 1750 square feet

Studio A

an empty room with mirrors and sound panels on the wall, and ballet bars

Studio A is 1150 square feet

Wade King Rec Center Dance Studio

young dancers jumping in perfect sequence over a wood floor in a well lit room with mirrors or windows on every visible wall space
an instructor helps a dancer use a pilates reformer

Dance Conditioning Room

The dance conditioning room features a Pilates reformer with jumpboard, Springboards, Arc Barrels, and additional Pilates accessories available for student use with Pilates-certified faculty supervision. Coursework in DNC 339 Functional Alignment includes Pilates repetoire.

Performance Space

Most live performances will take place on the Mainstage of the Performing Arts Center.

Site-specific performances also take place in and around our world-class sculpture collection as well as inside the Western Gallery.

a sweeping view of a live theatre with a vintage design
stage with pinrail rigging