Former Students

Grace Hall is currently studying Dance, French, and Secondary Education for Mathematics at Western Michigan University. She is in her second year at Western and is working as a Resident Assistant in the Residence Halls.

She has really enjoyed starting everyday with a technique class this semester. In studying dance, Grace has learned a lot of the “behind the scenes” work that is put into a dance performance such as choreography, lighting, and staging.

She has performed in Western’s Orchesis Dance Concert, Western’s Winter Gala Dance Concert, and Art Hop in Kalamazoo. She has also had the opportunity to work with guest artists such as Julie Nakagawa, Willy Shives, and Derrick Evans.

Grace, along with a few of her fellow classmates, is in the process of starting a “Tap Dance” group on campus. This past summer, Grace applied what she has learned so far at Western by teaching at The Dance Center and by choreographing and performing in North port Community Arts Center’s production of Oklahoma. 


Sarah Keech

Sarah was one of the five original Fresh Fusion competition dancers here at the Dance Center.  Currently, Sarah is going to school at Salem College, an all women’s liberal arts college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She is a Psychology major with a minor in dance.  Eventually, she wants to become an art/dance therapist who mainly works with troubled teens.

Sarah had some pretty exciting and unique college dance experiences.   While attending  NMC for her first two years of college she took a choreography class from Dorothy Eisenstein, a former instructor here at the Dance Center.   At Salem, she had the privilege of meeting, dancing with, and working with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.   A select few of the Arnie Zane Dance Company members came and worked with her dance department to create a unique piece of choreography in three days and they all performed it on the third day.

Sarah had the opportunity of choreographing a student piece for their spring show and was in a few other student pieces as well.  It even included a Fosse style piece to “Hey Big Spender” from the musical “Sweet Charity”!  Sarah has been able to do some collaboration pieces with her instructors, Shawn Bowman-Hicks and Heidi Echols, also.   Keeping  busy Sarah is involved in numerous clubs at Salem including; the Art Society, Pierrettes (drama club), PSYCH club, she is the fundraising co-chair for their  Vagina Monologues show, and of course,  is involved in the Salem College Dance Company!

The dance company is now getting their fall performance and she is  so excited to get back to dancing!  She is hoping everyone is having a great year at the Dance Center and encourages you all to pursue your dreams and ambitions!