Dance BA

Expressing yourself through movement comes naturally to you. Teach and inspire others to find that joy within themselves with our BA in Dance. Develop your skills alongside experienced professionals and connect with a vibrant community of artists to make your dream a reality.

Our program prepares you to teach participatory movement traditions in community settings, including schools, community centers and health clubs. You’ll also be prepared to lead community groups in creating and performing their own dance and movement rituals. Through community service-learning fieldwork and participation in community dance movements, you’ll develop as a leader and as an expressive dancer. Our students are also well prepared to work professionally with dance studios and companies in education or outreach roles, as well as perform.

Program Type

Major

Program Format

On Campus

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What it’s like to be a student at Peck School of the Arts

When you study dance at the UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, you’ll be part of a supportive and diverse community of artists. Our expert faculty will help you hone your technique, while also fostering your creativity and critical thinking skills. Plus, with access to world-class performance spaces and community engagement opportunities, you’ll gain practical experience and make invaluable connections in the field.

But don’t take our word for it. See for yourself what it’s like to be a student here by scheduling a personalized tour.

Dance BA
Dance BA
Dance BA

Program Details

Our innovative curriculum integrates multiple disciplines and somatic practices, creating a learning environment that prioritizes a balance of body and mind knowledge with informed, creative expression. You’ll take courses in dance history, choreography, improvisation and performance, as well as a range of electives in areas such as music, theater and film.

We also emphasize the development of critical thinking and communication skills, as well as opportunities for community engagement and professional development. Many of our BA students pursue dance as a second major, which gives you an opportunity to tailor your education to your interests and goals. No matter what you choose to do, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers, as well as graduate study in dance or related fields.

Special workshops and residencies are also scheduled throughout the academic year to provide opportunities for you to train with well-known guest artists and choreographers. Included in these residencies are performances and technique and repertory classes. Recent guest artists have included D. Sabela Grimes, Melanie George, Kia Smith, Parijat Desai, Alfonso Cervera, Aysha Upchurch and Joe Goode.

View the Dance, BA requirements.

Entrance Auditions/Interviews & Admission

Peck School of the Arts undergraduate and graduate programs may require additional steps to enter. For most dance, music and theatre programs, applicants must first be accepted to UWM, apply to Peck School of the Arts and complete entrance requirements such as an audition and/or interview.

Scholarships & Aid

UW-Milwaukee and Peck School of the Arts offer a diverse financial aid package for students, including Midwest residence savings, scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities and student loans.

Living Learning Communities

Live in campus housing on the same floor or wing as other students in your major or program. The Peck School of the Arts offers three Living Learning Communities where you can be a part of a “community within a community.” You’ll make friends, form study groups and do social activities together. And, best of all, there is no additional cost to be a part of a Living Learning Community.

Performances

Four concerts are presented at UWM each year: “Winterdances” and “Springdances,” which showcase students performing in world premieres by faculty and guest artists, and “New Dancemakers” and “UpStart,” which feature choreography by undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more about performing arts.

Internships & Opportunities

Our students are involved with the city’s professional and pickup dance companies, including Danceworks, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Wild Space, Hyperlocal MKE, Panadanza and more. See where your education can take you. Learn more about internships and opportunities.

Student Organizations & Clubs

Meet like-minded people in a wide variety of student organizations and clubs who inspire creativity and will support your aspirations. Collaborate and create, network with professional artists, and deepen your connection with faculty, mentors and fellow students outside of the classroom.

Study Abroad

We believe that a complete education in the arts should take you beyond the classroom and the local community. By studying abroad, you’ll gain more than a change of scenery. You’ll embark on a transformative educational experience and bring a global perspective to your field of study. Explore upcoming trips offered in partnership with the Center for International Education.

Alumni Stories in Dance

  • Alumni Spotlight: Finding Harmony in Motion

    Dan Schuchart is currently a part of the Teaching Faculty at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts’ Department of Dance. Alongside his role at the university, he serves as the Co-Artistic Director of Wild Space Dance Company. Throughout his journey, Dan has also held teaching positions at Lawrence University, Beloit …
  • Review: ‘Adult Documentary’ Is Dense And Difficult, Including The Carpet

    During this age of reality television and its aggressive pursuit of chaos, it doesn’t seem a coincidence that the choreographer Juliana F. May has created “Adult Documentary,” a work constructed of real and fictional stories by its performers. Those stories serve as raw material, distorted over time and replayed on an incessant loop …

Careers in Dance

  • Alexander Technique Practitioner
  • Artistic Director
  • Arts & Entertainment Writer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Arts Advocacy Agent
  • Arts Council Director
  • Arts Management
  • Athletic/Gymnastics Club Teacher
  • Ballet Master/Mistress
  • Box Office Manager
  • Boys/Girls Clubs Educator
  • Broadway Theatre/Tours
  • Camp Director
  • Choreographer
  • City Recreation Department Teacher
  • Community Arts Work
  • Community Centers
  • Company Manager
  • Consultant
  • Corps De Ballet
  • Costume Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Cruise Line Performer
  • Curator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Dance Anthropologist
  • Dance Archivist/Librarian
  • Dance Critic
  • Dance Filmmaker
  • Dance Historian
  • Dance Journalist
  • Dance Medicine Specialist
  • Dance Movement Therapist
  • Dance Researcher
  • Dance Studio Owner
  • Dance Therapist
  • Education Director
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Elementary/Secondary School Outreach
  • Feldenkrais Practitioner
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Freelance Dancer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant Writer
  • Health & Wellness Advocate
  • Health & Wellness Podcaster
  • Health Coach
  • Independent Contractor
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborator
  • Klein Technique Practitioner
  • Laban Movement Analyst
  • Lighting Designer
  • Marketing & Programs Manager
  • Massage Therapist
  • Mental Health Guidance
  • Music Video Choreographer
  • National Dance Associations
  • Magazine Publisher
  • Nonprofit Founder & Organizer
  • Office Administration
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Performance Artist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Photographer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Pilates Instructor
  • Principal Company Member/Dancer
  • Production Designer
  • Professor
  • Programmer
  • Regional/Community Theatre
  • Choreographer
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Rehearsal Director
  • Répétiteur
  • Talent Agency Representative
  • Resident Choreographer
  • Secondary Education Teacher
  • Senior Home Community Engagement
  • Set Designer
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Somatic Workshop Organizer
  • Sound Designer
  • Special Events Planner
  • Sports Trainer
  • Stage Manager
  • Studio Director/Teacher
  • Tai Chi Practitioner
  • Talent Agent/Director
  • Tour Manager
  • University & College Guest Artist
  • Teacher/Choreographer
  • University Professorship
  • Videographer
  • Web Writer/Performance Reviewer
  • Yoga Instructor

Program Faculty

Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Dance faculty and staff please follow the link below.


Melissa Lynn Anderson Headshot
  • Lecturer, Dance
Angela Frederick Blahnik Headshot
  • Lecturer, Dance
  • Lecturer, UWM Sport & Recreation
Daniel Burkholder HEADSHOT
  • Associate Professor, Dance
  • Chair, Department of Dance
Mair W Culbreth Headshot
  • Assistant Professor, Dance
  • Director, Pilates Certificate Program
Maria Gillespie Headshot
  • Associate Professor, Dance
  • Director, Dance Graduate Program
Gina Laurenzi Headshot
  • Teaching Assistant, Dance
Andy Miller Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, Dance
  • Music Director, Dance
Dan Schuchart Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty III, Dance
  • Advisor, Dance Performance Minor
  • ACDA Coordinator
Dawn Springer Headshot
  • Teaching Faculty I, Dance
Christal Wagner Headshot
  • Lecturer, Dance
  • Outreach Coordinator, Dance
Important Dates
Dance

Undergraduate Entrance Audition
For Dance BA and BFA programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 1, 2023
February 9, 2024
March 9, 2024

Graduate Application
November 1 – Priority admission and financial support deadline.
March 1 – Rolling enrollment deadline.
Accreditation

The Department of Dance is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance and has been since 2011.

Contact
Dance
Undergraduate Programs
Christal Wagner, dance-admission@uwm.edu

Graduate Programs
Maria Gillespie, gillespi@uwm.edu

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763