We are thrilled to announce the merging of our two dance communities! By connecting Quivey Dance Company and West Michgian Dance Center we are establishing an environment for our dancers to grow collectively in their technique and artistry.
This collaboration will allow for more instructors, class opportunities, dancers, and more LOVE of DANCE!
Erica Wilkinson & Marissa Peterson
Thank you for your interest in West Michigan Dance Center of Kalamazoo, Michigan. We know that starting a new program can be a tough decision for a dancer, but we assure you that WMDC specializes in dance education and the overall well-being of your child. Our focus is on the art of dance and the development of strong technique and performance skills for each individual dancer.
We offer small classes that are presented in a creative fashion to keep our dancers focused, inspired, and engaged. We provide each student with personal attention in a safe and productive atmosphere, which helps to promote the growth and development of each dancer’s individual style. We also stress the development of communication and life skills that will benefit the dancers beyond the world of dance, and help them to exceed.
WMDC was established in 2008 & is committed to quality, originality in choreography and strong technique, all while maintaining a positive atmosphere. We provide top of the line instruction for beginners through advanced dancers in ballet, pointe, lyrical/contemporary, tap, jazz, gymnastics and hip-hop. We also offer intermediate and upper level classes, as well as a competitive company, for the serious minded dancer. We also have an annual recital for our dancers to perform in the spring of each year.
West Michigan Dance Center provides both recreational and competitive dancers with quality training in a healthy atmosphere that builds self-esteem and positive experiences. Our dancers are treated as athletes, consistently improving technique and developing artistry with our focus being the overall well-being of your child.
Erica Wilkinson, Owner
Born in Indianapolis, IN where she started dancing at the age of 5. She began competing a few years later and was part of many award winning dance numbers in both Regional and National competitions. As a member of a competitive team Erica was able to participate in productions that included Sesame Street Live, The Indianapolis 500 parade, and Colts halftime shows. After studying for a year at Marymount of Manhattan Erica transferred to Indiana University where she was the Captain of the IU Redsteppers and choreographer for the student run dance team, In-Motion. She was also a dancer and choreographer for the annual university show, IU SING. Erica graduated with a Bachelors’ in Communication and a Masters in Social Work.
Erica has been teaching classes in Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre since she was a freshman in high school for both recreational and competition dancers. Sharing her love of performance has been a huge source of joy for Erica and she is thrilled to be back in the studio with the great team at West Michigan Dance Center.
Marissa Quivey, Owner
Marissa Quivey graduated from Western Michigan University in April 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance and a certificate in Dance Studio Management. During her time at WMU, she has had the opportunity to perform Paul Taylor's work, Esplanade. She has also performed in faculty pieces choreographed by David Curwen, Jeremy Blair, and Monique Haley, along with many student choreographed pieces. Marissa has had many of her works showcased in performances at WMU such as Orchesis, the Martha Hearron memorial, and Graduating Presentations. She has also had her work presented at the American College Dance Association. She has had the opportunity to perform in two music videos through the Hollywood Summer Tour summer intensive. Marissa loves teaching and choreographing, and is excited for the future of Quivey Dance Company. Marissa teaches all of the contemporary classes and jazz 5.