The Pilates Certificate combines the science and art of the modality. Through the application of theoretical concepts, anatomical understanding of body mechanics, as well as a deep acquaintance with the teachings the Joseph Pilates method, students will learn teaching strategies to advance their own individual practice, and most importantly the one of their future clients. Courses will consist of lectures, discussions, practice teaching and mentorship as students begin the process of teaching Pilates.


This certificate is open to all UWM undergraduate students with sophomore status with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. It is also available as a post baccalaureate certificate to students who have completed their Bachelor’s degree.

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Catey Ott Thompson

MFA, Dance | 2005

“The idea of a collective unconscious is something I can’t get away from,” Catey Ott Thompson says. “My work is personal but I find non-loneliness in it.”

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: Somatics

profile photoMair W. Culbrethculbretm@uwm.edu

Assistant Professor, Dance

Director, Pilates Certificate Program

profile photoMaria Gillespie(414) 251-8716gillespi@uwm.eduMitchell 345A

Associate Professor, Dance

Chair, Department of Dance

Department Faculty & Staff