Local celebrities and their dance student partners compete to raise money for WMU dance student scholarships.
In 2008, the Department of Dance in conjunction with Partners in Dance, created a fundraiser for student scholarships based upon the reality show Dancing with the Stars. Each year the dance competition features several pairs of local stars and WMU Dance students competing in various forms of ballroom dance. The dancing is judged by three community figures and the audience selects the “People’s Choice” winning pair. The evening’s festivities are catered and include a full cash bar. The proceeds of this event support student scholarships for WMU Dance students and are essential in assisting these students complete their studies.
Featured Celebrity Dancers
Heather Baker, COO, Southwest Michigan First
Dr. Jennifer Bott, WMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Grace Lubwama, CEO, YWCA Kalamazoo
Dr. Candy McCorkle, WMU Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
Chris Praedel, Associate Director of Engagement, WMU Development and Alumni Relations
Tray Thrash, President and CEO, Air Zoo
Mariko C. Willis, Associate, Willis Law & COO, Willis Foundation
Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo
Lori Moore, Local media personality & star of The Kalamazoo Civic’s Hello Dolly!
Comensoli’s Italian Bistro
** SOLD OUT **
PLEASE JOIN US NEXT YEAR!
$85 per person ($50 tax deductible)
The event will include dance entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a cash bar.
If paying by check, use the promo code: CHECK during registration. Please make checks payable to the WMU Foundation and mail it to:
Gift Processing (Dancing with the Stars Event)
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI, 49006-5403
Come prepared to purchase tickets to VOTE for your favorite celebrity dancer to win the People’s Choice Award! $5 per vote, cash only!