• 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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Explore – Specific degree information can be found in the UWM Academic Catalog along with credits, courses, admission and program requirements.

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

BFA – Dance: Contemporary Performance & Choreography

Minor – Dance Performance


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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.

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


Faculty: Contemporary Performance & Choreography

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

Associate Professor, Dance

profile photoMair W. Culbrethculbretm@uwm.edu

Assistant Professor, Dance

Advisor, Dance Performance Minor

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

Professor, Dance

Chair, Department of Dance

profile photoMaria Gillespie(414) 251-8716gillespi@uwm.eduMitchell 343C

Associate Professor, Dance

Director, Pilates Certificate Program

Director, Dance MFA Program

profile photoDani Kuepperdkuepper@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoGina Laurenzilaurenz4@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDebra Loewendloewen@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDan Schuchart(414) 251-6063schuch@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

ACDA Coordinator

profile photoDawn Springerspringed@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDeMar Walkerwalkerdt@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Dance

profile photoKrislyn Worldkworld@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

Department Faculty & Staff