• 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 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 Fine Arts (BFA) - Dance: Contemporary Performance & Choreography

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
Required Creative Courses
DANCE 231 Music & Dancers 3
DANCE 233 Improv for Dancemaking 3
DANCE 352 Digital Media Portfolio 3
DANCE 412 Dance Composition I 3
DANCE 413 Dance Composition II 3
DANCE 490 Repertoire & Ensemble 3
DANCE 601 Senior Project 3
Required Academic Courses
DANCE 209 Dance Production 2
DANCE 251 Laban movement Analysis 3
DANCE 314 Contemporary Dance History 3
DANCE 371 Applied Anatomy 3
DANCE 460 Teaching Dance in Community Settings 3
Required Modern Dance Courses
Complete 5 semesters from the following: 113, 114, 213, 214, 317, 318 15
Required Ballet Courses
Complete 5 semesters from the following: 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, 312 15
Complementary Dance Electives
Choose 115 OR 122 and one from 115, 116, 117, 122, 123, 217, 222, 325, 327, 370, 427, 489 4
Somatic & Conditioning Electives
Choose from 103, 220, 321, 323, 403, 421, 623, 624  4
General Dance Electives 5
Choose from 110, 115, 116, 117, 217, 309, 310, 313, 314, 315, 319, 320, 321, 323, 327, 370, 403, 414 ,420,  421, 427, 489, 490, 491

Minor - Dance Performance

For questions, or to declare a minor/certificate, contact the Peck School of the Arts Advising Office at (414) 229-4763 or psoa-advising@uwm.edu

Please note, an application will be required for admittance into the minor program, which your advisor will explain in more detail at your informational meeting. No more than 6-8 credits will be applied toward the minor until after a student has been admitted and a Dance Faculty Advisor assigned.

Degree Curriculum 26 Credits
DANCE 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3
(Choose from below) 3
DANCE 110 Introduction to the Art of Dance
DANCE 313 History of Dance in the African Diaspora
DANCE 314 Contemporary Dance History
DANCE 315 History of the American Musical Theatre
(Choose from below) 3
DANCE 319 Dance Service-Learning
DANCE 490* Repertoire & Ensemble
DANCE 491** Repertory/Student Choreographer
*Any dancer cast in a faculty/guest artist choreography must be enrolled in at least 1 Dance technique class that meets at least 3 times/week during the rehearsal semester
**Any dancer cast in a student work must be enrolled in at least 1 Dance technique class that meets at least 2 times/week during the rehearsal semester
Dance Electives 17
(Technique Courses)
DANCE 111 Ballet I
DANCE 112 Ballet II
DANCE 113 Modern I
DANCE 114 Modern II
DANCE 115 Jazz I
DANCE 116 Jazz II
DANCE 117 Tap I
DANCE 122 African Dance
DANCE 211 Ballet III
DANCE 212 Ballet IV
DANCE 214 Modern IV
DANCE 217 Tap II
DANCE 310 Jazz III
DANCE 327 Dance for Musical Theatre I
DANCE 370 World Movement Traditions
DANCE 427 Dance for Musical Theatre II
DANCE 489 Workshop in Dance
(Somatics Courses)
DANCE 103 Intro to Iyengar Yoga
DANCE 220 Body Sense
DANCE 321 Alexander Technique for 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
DANCE 624 Feldenkrais for Performers


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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


Dedicated Contemporary Performance & Choreography Faculty

profile photoMelissa Lynn Andersonandersml@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Dance

Lecturer, Musical Theatre

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 photoDani Kuepperdkuepper@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

Senior Lecturer, Arts & Social Entrepreneurship

profile photoDebra Loewendloewen@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoKym McDaniel(414) 322-0765mcdanie9@uwm.edu

Outreach Coordinator, Dance

Lecturer, Dance & Film

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