• UWM Dance MAM

Job Placement

Our Bachelor of Art degree in Dance will prepare you to teach movement in a myriad of community settings, including schools, community centers, and health clubs. Our students are also well prepared to work professionally with dance studios and companies in education or outreach roles, as well as perform.


Four concerts are presented at UWM each year: Winterdances and Springdances, which showcase students performing the the work of faculty and guest artists at the university’s flagship Mainstage Theatre, and New Dancemakers and Dancemakers, which feature choreography by undergraduate and graduate students, respectively, in creative spaces. Recent guest artists have included Susan Marshall, Ronald K. Brown, Laura Dean, and Daniel Gwirtzman.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Dance

A successful audition is required prior to entry into the program. View the department requirements on the admission page for more information.

University Core 42 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Peck School of the Arts (outside Dance department) 9
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 12
General (outside Dance department) 3
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas


Dance Core (required first year completion with 3.0 GPA)
DANCE 111 Ballet I *
DANCE 113 Modern Dance I *
DANCE 233 Improv for Dancemaking *
*credit dispersed in Degree Curriculum


Degree Curriculum 78 Credits
Creative & Academic Courses
DANCE 110 Intro to the Art of Dance 3
DANCE 233 Improv for Dancemaking 3
DANCE 251 Laban Movement Analysis 3
DANCE 313, 314, or 315 3
DANCE 319 Dance Service Learning OR DANCE 490 Repertoire & Ensemble 1
DANCE 352 Digital Media Portfolio 3
DANCE 412 Dance Composition I 3
DANCE 420 Community Rituals 3
DANCE 460 Teaching Dance in Community Settings 3
DANCE 601 Senior Project 3
Technique & Somatics Courses
Dance 103 Intro to Iyengar Yoga 2
Dance 111 Ballet I 3
Dance 113 Modern I 3
Dance 122 African Dance 2
Dance 220 Body Sense 3
(Choose from one Track below) 9
DANCE 112, 211, 212 (Ballet Track)
DANCE 114, 213, 214 (Modern Track)
(Choose from below) 4
Dance 115 Jazz I
Dance 117 Tap I
Dance 370 World Dance Traditions (Subtopics)
(Choose from Dance or University class listings in consultation with advisor) 24


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Kym McDaniel

BFA, Dance | 2014

"Being injured was not new, but it hadn't gotten easier; there's always a process of loss and grief, and I wanted to see if I could tunnel that creativity into something else." Kym McDaniel on her film work at Danceworks.

Careers in Dance

Alexander Technique Practitioner
Artistic Director
Arts & Entertainment Writer
Arts Administrator
Arts Advocacy Agent
Arts Council Director
Arts Management
Athletic/Gymnastic Club Teacher
Ballet Master/Mistress
Box Office Manager
Boys/Girls Clubs Educator
Broadway Theatre/Tours
Camp Director
City Recreation Department Teacher
Community Arts Work
Community Centers
Company Manager
Corps De Ballet
Costume Designer
Creative Director
Cruise Line Performer
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
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
Physical Therapist
Pilates Instructor
Principal Company Member/Dancer
Production Designer
Regional/Community Theatre Choreographer
Rehabilitation Centers
Rehearsal Director
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
Web Writer/Performance Reviewer
Yoga Instructor


Dedicated Dance BA Faculty

profile photoMelissa Lynn Andersonandersml@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Dance

Lecturer, Musical Theatre

profile photoSara Arends Haggitharendsha@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDaniel Burkholder(414) 229-2648burkhol6@uwm.eduMitchell 345B

Assistant Professor, Dance

Director, Dance MFA Program

profile photoSimone Ferro(414) 229-4178sferro@uwm.eduMitchell 345D

Department Chair, Dance

Professor, Dance

profile photoMaria Gillespie(414) 229-5161gillespi@uwm.eduMitchell 343C

Associate Professor, Dance

profile photoAlex Hansenajhansen@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoJoey Hernandezherna274@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDani Kuepperdkuepper@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoGina Laurenzilaurenz4@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Dance

Lecturer, Musical Theatre

profile photoDebra Loewendloewen@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoAnnie Melchiormelchior@uwm.eduZelazo 372

Lecturer, Dance

profile photoThomas Ryanryant@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDan Schuchartschuch@uwm.edu

Outreach & Community Liaison

Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDeMar Walkerwalkerdt@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Dance

profile photoKrislyn Worldkworld@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDarci Wutz(414) 229-3058darcwutz@uwm.eduMitchell 343B

Professor, Dance & Musical Theatre

Dance Faculty & Staff