• UWM Dancemakers 2016

Master of Fine Arts

Our program consists of 60 credits with an emphasis on contemporary choreography and performance, focusing on the candidate’s independent creative research. Graduate students engage in choreographic research through physical and theoretical inquiry while having the opportunity to examine their technical movement practice through current somatic perspectives. The program supports student research by providing facilities and customized opportunities to investigate and perform their work in Milwaukee. Through faculty mentorship and rigorous personal explorations, students are guided to integrate their research into a final thesis project.

Faculty teaching in the program are nationally and internationally acclaimed performing and choreographic artists in the field. Their research spans cultural perspectives, technical forms, somatic modalities, site-specific performance, improvisation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and technology and new media.

Our students are prepared to be future university dance professors, as well as secondary school educators with the means to expand their theoretical and choreographic skills, while simultaneously increasing their earning potential in academic institutions and K-12 public and private schools.



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

Dance – MFA


Profile Picture

Davalois Fearon

MFA, Performing Arts | 2016

Dancing is a lifelong passion for Davalois Fearon, who has performed around the world with the Steven Petronio Company. She is now also a student in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Master of Fine Arts in performing arts program – a degree designed for professionals like her.

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


Graduate Faculty: Dance

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 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

Department Faculty & Staff