• UWM Contemporary Performance & Choreography Springdances 2016


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. Professional Milwaukee dance companies, including Danceworks, the Milwaukee Ballet, and Ko-Thi also invite our undergraduate students to perform new works.

Artist Faculty

Our students work with the city’s leading dancers. In fact, the five leading professional dance companies in the Greater Milwaukee area are directed by current UWM Dance faculty and teaching staff! Special workshops and residencies are also scheduled throughout the academic year to provide students with opportunities to train with well-known guest artists and emerging choreographers. Included in these residencies are performances, technique and repertory classes.

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Curriculum listed below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program. Any future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by May 15. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Dance: Performance & Choreography/Contemporary

A successful audition is required prior to entry into the program. Visit the admission page for more information.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B 0
Math Parts A & B 0
Foreign Language 0
General Education Requirements (more info)
Humanities 6
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity 0
DANCE 352 Digital Media Portfolio 3
MUSIC (100, 101, 102, 130, 140, 150, 309, 310, 317, 556, 449, 489, 680) 3
Peck School of the Arts (2 areas from Art, Film, or Theatre) 6
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 12
General (outside department) 3


Dance Core (required first year completion with 3.0 GPA) 16 Credits
DANCE 110 Intro to the Art of Dance 3
DANCE 111 Ballet I 3
DANCE 113 Modern Dance I 3
DANCE 135 Intro to Dancemaking Skills 3
DANCE 192 Dance Freshman Seminar 1
DANCE 233 Improv for Dancemaking 3

Degree Curriculum 69 Credits
DANCE 115 Jazz Dance I 2
DANCE 122 African Dance & Disapora Technique I 2
DANCE 209 Dance Production 2
DANCE 231 Music and Dancers 3
DANCE 250 Sophomore Seminar 0
DANCE 251 Laban movement Analysis 3
DANCE 309 Production Practicum 1
DANCE 314 Contemporary Dance History 3
DANCE 350 Upper Level Seminar 0
DANCE 371 Applied Anatomy 3
DANCE 412 Dance Composition I 3
DANCE 413 Dance Composition II 3
DANCE 414 Dance Composition III or Equivalent 3
DANCE 460 Teaching Dance in Community Settings 3
DANCE 490 Repertoire & Ensemble 3
DANCE 601 Senior Project 3
Modern Dance Electives
(5 additional semesters of Modern Dance) 13
Ballet Electives
(5 additional semesters of Ballet) 13
Somatic Electives
(Choose from below) 6
DANCE 103 Introduction to Iyengar Yoga
DANCE 220 Body Sense
DANCE 321 Alexander Technique for the Performer
DANCE 323 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method
DANCE 403 Intermediate Yoga for Dancers
DANCE 421 Alexander Technique Practicum
DANCE 623 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method II


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Juliana May

MFA, Choreography | 2011

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.


Artistic Director/Advisor
Ballet Master/Mistress
Company Manager
Education Director
Guest Choreographer
Independent Contractor
Outreach Coordinator
Professional Performer
Rehearsal Director
Resident Choreographer
Tour Manager

Careers in Related Fields
Arts Administrator/Manager
Costume/Light/Prop/Set/Sound Designer
Dance Anthropologist
Dance Archivist/Librarian
Dance Critic
Dance Historian
Dance Researcher
Dance Therapist
Grant Writer
Physical Therapist
Stage Manager

Alexander Technique Practitioner
Curriculum Developer
Elementary or Secondary School Teacher
Outreach Coordinator
Studio Director/Teacher
Pilates Instructor
Yoga Instructor


profile photoMelissa Andersonandersml@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Dance

Lecturer, Musical Theatre

profile photoJessica Berlin Krivsky(414) 229-5903berlin@uwm.eduArt 271

Production Manager, Performing Arts

Lecturer, Stage Management

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

Assistant Professor, Dance

profile photoSimone Ferro(414) 229-4178sferro@uwm.eduZelazo 372

Director, Dance MFA Program

Professor, Dance

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

Assistant Professor, Dance

profile photoDani Kuepperdkuepper@uwm.edu

Outreach Coordinator, Dance

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDebra Loewendloewen@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoMarcia Parsons(414) 229-5050marciap@uwm.eduMitchell 345A

Professor, Dance

profile photoTim Russellrussel64@uwm.edu

Director, Music

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

Department Chair, Dance

Professor, Dance

Lecturer, Musical Theatre

Dance Faculty