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The Western Kentucky University Dance Company is the resident dance company of the WKU Department of Theatre & Dance. The company performs diverse choreography by faculty and guest artists in local to international venues. Choreography encompasses ballet, jazz, modern, tap and world dance forms. The WKU Dance Company follows the mission of the WKU Dance Program and strives to create "Thinking Artists," individuals who work to achieve their highest potential as artists, technicians, and scholars. The company aims to prepare the dance major for the professional world while also educating the community and region through a variety of concert and outreach performances. Membership in the WKU Dance Company is by audition only.
Each year the WKU Dance Company performs:
WinterDance, fall main stage faculty choreographed concert
Evening of Dance, spring main stage faculty and guest artist choreographed concert
Other performance opportunities may include:
Regional dance festivals
American College Dance Association, regional festival
Community based performances
Choreographic residencies with guest artists are typically offered at least once per year. Guest choreographer may be in residence for one to eight weeks. These residencies are a high priority for the education of each student.
Guest artists of prominence who have set their work on our students include: Jon Lehrer, Matthew Farmer, Melissa Lowe-Hancock, Gail Gilbert, Mitzi Adams,Christopher Morgan, Barbea Williams, James Clouser, Cornelius Carter, Victor Alexander, Carlos Dos Santos Jr. and Karen Callaway Williams.
Students who have completed the choreography course sequence have three opportunities per year to showcase their choreography. We value this experience as a beneficial aspect of the growth and education of the student. Student choreography showcases include:
Fall Last Chance to Dance, informal student choreography showcase Spring Last Chance to Dance
The Dance Project, fully produced, adjudicated student concert