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Dance, M.F.A.

Summer Semester
Dance, M.F.A. 03/01 November 1st for Priority Admission Consideration (greatest chance of financial support), November 2nd - March 1st for Rolling Admission Consideration (applicants after January 1st cannot be assured financial support).
School/College: Peck School of the Arts
Department Links: Degrees Conferred:
  • MFA in Dance
Overview
The Department of Dance offers graduate study leading to the Master of Fine Arts in Dance. The program offers opportunity to hone technical skills, to explore personal intuition, imagination, and craft both in creating dance works and also in performing them, and to focus on critical areas of dance core studies.

The MFA in Dance is structured to meet the scheduling constraints of working dance professional performers, choreographers, and educators: A block of on-campus and distance learning coursework is available during the fall and spring semesters, in addition to the intensive summer graduate course offerings. The program is designed to offer a balance of theoretical, creative and practical coursework with the goal of preparing future university dance faculty.

Students may arrange to set works for schools, churches, galleries, community projects, and local dance companies, and are encouraged to discover new dance environments and resources. Two on-campus dance spaces, the Mainstage Theatre and the Mitchell Hall Studio 254, may be available for selected works during the year.

Graduate Faculty

Professors
Ferro, Simone, MFA, University of Iowa
Parsons, Marcia Ruth, M.A., University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana; M.A., Columbia College, Chicago
Wutz, Darci, MFA, Smith College

Assistant Professors
Burkholder, Daniel, MFA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Gillespie, Maria, MFA, University of California – Los Angeles

Senior Lecturer
Loewen, Debra, MFA, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Master of Fine Arts in Dance

Admission
Applicants who meet Graduate School requirements plus these program requirements may be admitted in good standing:
  1. Submission of a videotape or DVD of past or current performance and/or choreographic work.
  2. Submission of two letters of recommendation.
Applicants lacking in course background may be admitted with deficiencies on the condition that deficiencies be made up; credits earned in making up deficiencies do not count toward the master’s degree.

Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise studies as specified in Graduate School regulations; the student may not register for any courses without this advisor’s prior approval. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at the time of admission should immediately contact the Program Director.

Credits and Courses
Minimum degree requirement in Performing Arts-Dance is 60 credits distributed as follows, of which at least 6 must be in complementary studies.
  1. Dance Techniques and Somatics (Modern, African, Ballet, Alexander, Pilates, Yoga), 9-15 cr.
  2. Creating, Staging, and Performing Dance Works, 16-22 cr.
  3. Theory and Application of Dance, 12-18 cr.
  4. Electives in Complementary Studies, 6-14 cr.
  5. Final Project, 4-8 cr.
For those who began the program prior to summer 2008, the minimum degree requirement in Performing Arts—Dance is 48 credits, of which at least 6 must be in complementary studies. Students may distribute the required 48 credits of coursework as follows:
  1. Dance Techniques (modern, African, ballet, yoga), 6-14 cr.
  2. Creating and Performing Dance Works, 12-18 cr.
  3. Core Dance Studies, 12-18 cr.
  4. Electives in Complementary Studies, 6-14 cr.
  5. Final Project, 4-8 cr.
Total Required: 48 Credits

Final Project
Each student must undertake a final project of either one or two semesters duration (4-8 cr.). The project must be approved by the major advisor. The project may involve an array of challenging roles and/or production of choreographic work created by the student. These may occur in a variety of approved performance settings which may include on- or off-campus sites. The quality of performance and/or choreography will determine whether the degree is granted. This evaluation is made by the graduate faculty after the presentation of the final project. No comprehensive examination is required.

Time Limit
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes is a list of classes offered by term.

Courses

Courses numbered 300-699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above are Graduate only.

319 Dance Service-Learning. 1-3 cr. U/G.
Service-Learning as field work in a community partnership setting under supervision of Dance faculty member. Conc reg in dance course which allows Dance 319 component by cons instr. May be retaken to max of 4 sem or 9 cr. Prereq: jr st; Dance 219(P), & cons instr.

403 Intermediate Yoga For Dancers. 2-3 cr. U/G.
A continuation of Dance 103 stressing the performance and integration of more advanced asanas. May be retaken to a max of 2 sem. Prereq: Dance 103, or grad st in Dance component of MFA prog, or cons instr.

497 Study Abroad in Dance: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G.
Interdisciplinary and foundational learning in the area of world dance through interactions with and explorations in differing cultures and areas. May be retaken w/chg in topic to max of 12 cr. Prereq: jr st or cons instr; & acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.

701 Dance Composition I. 3 cr. G.
An investigation of resources for discovering and inventing movement material, and for developing concepts and structures to give this material perceptual, emotional validity. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog; conc reg Dance 733(C).

702 Dance Composition II. 3 cr. G.
A continuation of Dance 701. Prereq: grad st; Dance 701(P), conc reg Dance 734(C).

711 Theory and Techniques of Ballet: Intermediate. 2 cr. G.
Technical study of classical ballet. May be repeated twice for cr. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog & audition.

712 Theory and Techniques of Ballet: Intermediate. 2 cr. G.
A continuation of Dance 711. May be repeated twice for cr. Prereq: grad st; Dance 711 or audition.

717 Theory and Techniques of Contemporary Concert Dance: Intermediate. 2 cr. G.
An intensive course designed to develop understanding of the major techniques of contemporary concert dance. May be repeated twice for cr. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog & audition.

718 Theory and Techniques of Contemporary Concert Dance: Intermediate. 2 cr. G.
A continuation of Dance 717. May be repeated twice for cr. Prereq: grad st; Dance 717 or audition.

721 Alexander Technique, Developmental Movement and Dance. 1-3 cr. G.
A hands-on exploration of the application of the Alexander Technique to advanced dance training through developmental movement. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog or cons instr

722 Alexander Technique Practicum. 1-3 cr. G.
Continuation of Dance 721 focusing on a more in-depth study and application of Alexander Technique for advanced dancers. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog & Dance 721

723 Pilates Technique and Applications. 2 cr. G.
Use of Pilates method to understand and articulate essential concepts and theories of movement, and refine dance technique. May be retaken once. Prereq: grad st in MFA Dance Program or cons instr.

733 Improvisation 1. 3 cr. G.
Techniques and structures for improvisation--the development of processes for evolving movement material from an exploration of the dynamics of inter and intra-relationships, and environment. Prereq: admission to Dance MFA program.

734 Improvisation 2. 3 cr. G.
A continuation of Dance 733. Prereq: grad st; Dance 733(P) & conc reg in Dance 702(C).

743 Dynamic Analysis of Movement I. 2 cr. G.
Exploration of personal patterning and discovery of movement sources at the body level. Incorporates material from bartenieff fundamentals, feldenkrais, and sweigard. Prereq: grad st in dance component of mfa prog.

744 Dynamic Analysis of Movement II. 2 cr. G.
A continuation of Dance 743. Advanced body level work, application of bartenieff fundamentals to dance technique. Prereq: grad st & Dance 743(P).

751 Laban Movement Analysis. 3 cr. G.
Theory and movement practice in effort/shape for use both in performance and in choreography. Prereq: grad st in dance component of mfa prog.

761 Survey of Dance Literature and Bibliography. 3 cr. G.
Lecture, research, and discussion of the major English language dance reference works, and of dance research publications. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog.

762 Dance in Secondary Education and College. 3 cr. G.
Methods and philosophy of teaching dance in the secondary school. Theory and practice in solving problems arising in practical teaching situations. Observation of dance lessons. Prereq: grad st & admis to MFA prog in Dance.

771 History of Renaissance and Baroque Dance. 3 cr. G.
Lecture, discussion of readings of the periods (in translation). Emphasis also upon performing some of the period dances. Prereq: grad st in dance component of mfa prog.

772 American Concert Dance of the Twentieth Century. 3 cr. G.
Graduate seminar in special topics of American concert dance of the twentieth century. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog.

772 (effective 01/22/2018) American Concert Dance of the 20th and 21st Century. 3 cr. G.
Graduate seminar in special topics of American concert dance of the twentieth and twentieth first century. Prereq: admis to Dance MFA prog.

775 Valuing and Evaluation of Dance. 3 cr. G.
Observing and describing dancing and choreography and shaping values. Prereq: grad st.

790 Repertoire and Ensemble. 1-3 cr. G.
Practicum in group performance in dance department productions, touring groups, and performances related to the dance department. Includes original works from classical and contemporary repertoire. May be repeated to max of 12 cr. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA program.

799 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G.
Individual faculty and student will define the teaching/learning contract for the semester and agree on the credit. Prereq: grad st.

801 Choreography I. 3 cr. G.
Creating fully mounted works; choreography, performance quality, lighting decor, costumes. Prereq: grad st in Dance choreography track of MFA prog; Dance 701(P) & 702(P) or cons instr.

802 Choreography II. 3 cr. G.
Creating fully mounted works of greater length and complexity. Prereq: grad st in Dance Choreography track of MFA prog; Dance 701(P), 702(P), 801(P), or cons instr.

861 Research Methodology for Dance. 3 cr. G.
Lecture, formulation of research proposal, research and write-up of a dance research problem. Prereq: grad st & admis to dance component of mfa prog.

871 Applied Anatomy for Dance. 2 or 3 cr. G.
Study of human bony and neuromuscular structures in theory and movement. Lec only for 2 cr; lec & lab for 3 cr. Prereq: grad st in dance component of MFA prog; Dance 711(P) & 717(P) or cons instr.

873 Field History: Contemporary Dance Festivals. 2-4 cr. G.
Research, reading, attendance and documentation on selected festivals/series events. Pre-study of choreography/performance style, background, influences, artistic themes. Group discussions and evaluations. May be repeated with permission to max of 9 cr. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog.

880 Developing Performance Quality. 1-3 cr. G.
Studies in dynamics of specific choreography. Cr determined prior to regis. May be repeated for up to 6 cr. Prereq: grad st in MFA performance component of dance prog; Dance 711 & 717 or cons instr.

888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G.
Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load requirement. Fee for 1 cr will be assessed. Prereq: grad st.

889 Special Workshops: (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G.
Special short intensive workshops of 1-4 weeks during inter-terms or summer sessions presented by guest artists. May be retaken to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st in MFA component of dance prog or cons instr.

990 Dance Final Thesis/Project. 2-4 cr. G.
Final demonstration of craft and artistry mastered in program, when completion approved by project committee. May be repeated to max of 8 cr. Prereq: grad st; cons dept chair.