5 ways the WMU Department of Dance prepared me for the professional dance world

Posted by Sarah Jones on Mar 16, 2017 11:26:43 AM

 

“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”  -Jean-Luc Godard

 

Inspired … how I always felt at Western Michigan University.  Inspired by my professors, the guest choreographers, the repétitéurs, the alumni and my peers. Inspired by their stories and experiences. Inspired to find my own voice. Inspired to trust that voice. Inspired to train and chisel my body into a vessel for that voice. Inspired to get to the next level. Inspired to give back.     

That inspiration reaffirmed me when I felt rejected, steadied me when I stumbled, and picked me up when I fell; all of which you will experience in the professional dance world. With every dismissal, you dig in and dig deeper, until finally, you get your shot. I am proud to say that this small town girl used that inspiration and her WMU education to get to the bright lights of the windy city as a company member of DanceWorks Chicago!

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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Alumni

Forever brown and gold: September Buys

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 28, 2016 11:25:15 AM

 

In a mere email exchange with WMU Art Education alumna September Buys (1999), it becomes instantly clear that she's passionate about her work. September's email sign-off, a quote from Bob Ross, says it all: 

"You do your best work if you do a job that makes you happy."

With awards and accolades including  National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Middle Level Art Educator of the Year, Michigan Youth Arts Art Educator of the Year and Michigan Art Education Association Art Educator of the Year, September is no ordinary middle school art teacher.
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Topics: Frostic School of Art, Careers in the Arts, Alumni, Forever brown and gold

Forever brown and gold: Jacquelyn Nowicki

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 21, 2016 10:12:56 AM
 
Heading out into the "real world" after graduating college isn't a straightforward or particularly easy process for anyone. With major life choices to make, an aggressive job market to navigate and never-ending bills to pay, the transition can be tough. When you're in a competitive and not-always-steady industry like professional dance, you'll face another layer of challenges entirely.
 
WMU dance alumna Jacquelyn Nowicki, who will be returning to campus this fall as the Department of Dance's 2016 Distingusihed Alumi Award honoree, managed to make it through the world of professional dance with great success.
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Topics: Department of Dance, Dance, Careers in the Arts, Alumni, Forever brown and gold

Forever brown and gold: Dennis DeSantis

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 16, 2016 10:28:30 AM

 

 The WMU School of Music has been producing leaders in electronic music long before the multimedia arts technology program ever existed. Case in point: Dennis DeSantis.

Since Graduating from WMU in 1997 with a Bachelors of Music degree in music composition and music theory, 2016 School of Music distinguished alumnus honoree Dennis DeSantis has gone on to do big things in electronic music.

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Topics: School of Music, Careers in the Arts, Alumni, Forever brown and gold

Forever brown and gold: David Alpert

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 7, 2016 9:33:30 AM

 

University Theatre is kicking off its 2016-17 season with a satirical comedy and a familiar face. Theatre studies alumnus David Alpert has returned to campus as guest director of Baby with the Bathwater, which takes the York Arena Theatre stage September 23 through October 8.

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Topics: Careers in the Arts, Department of Theatre, Alumni, Forever brown and gold

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