High School Dance Festival


The High School Dance Festival has been postponed until further notice.

Western Washington University hosts a Dance Festival at the beginning of each year for Washington State High School students.

We started the High School Dance Festival to help dancers and families understand how to choose the right path in college, one that supports career goals, passion for learning, and keeps dancers dancing!

Contact Susan Haines, Director of Dance at susan.haines@wwu.edu to schedule an online workshop for your studio.

If you are interested in a master classes and information about majoring in dance for your high school students and their families, we can schedule a private workshop for your studio.

We see so many students who thought they had to leave dance behind after high school. After spending time without classes, they soon realize that they need to be dancing, no matter what their major.

Dance at a Higher Level

A group of students in a dance studio, bent to the side
A dance teacher illustrates a pose seated in a chair


Students will attend master classes in Contemporary Technique, Ballet Technique, Improvisation and Choreographic Exploration taught by WWU Dance Faculty. Each studio attending the Festival is invited to submit a short piece of group choreography for a performance in our Performing Arts Center.


  • Technique level will be for Intermediate/Advanced students
    • Each student will take three classes
    • Studio teachers will choose the best level for their students
    • Beginning students are welcome to observe
  • The day will culminate with a PAC main-stage performance


Cher Carnell

Nolan Dennett

Susan Haines

Penny Hutchinson

Pam Kuntz

A group of students doing ballet turns


For more information email Susan Haines or call 360-650-3893. Join our email list to be notified of other training opportunities.