The Centre for Dance Performance was created in September 1997 due to the wide range of dance activities that were happening on campus.
Many of these activities were aligned with the research activities of Professor Dave Wilson from the Department of Kinesiology and the McMaster Dancers. His current interests are: dance community, talent development, student leadership, choreography and hybrid dance styles.
Other events were surfacing independently, such as the growth of the student MSU Mac Dance Club. It was obvious that there was a vast dance culture on campus that, in part, had some strong connections to dance in the community.
The Centre for Dance Performance attempts to inform people of the opportunities in dance at McMaster University and in the City of Hamilton, and to foster a creative and thriving dance community. Our work with recreational dance, special populations, school groups, university dance competitions, professional dancers, MSU clubs, community organizations and performing varsity companies makes the Centre for Dance Performance a unique Canadian and global university organization.