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  • UWM Somatics Body Awareness
    Awareness Through Movement Lesson, based on The Feldenkrais Method®. Photo by Christina Stone Martin

Thomas Hanna first used the term ‘somatics’ in the 1970’s in the first issue of the journal Somatics. He used “soma” to refer to the wide range of body awareness and mind-body practices which had emerged in many cultures throughout the twentieth century. The focus of somatics is on bodily experience, and on how our soma interacts with the world.

The Minor in Somatics provides coursework of special interest to Health Sciences, Nursing, and Education majors who aim to work in helping professions and facilitate movement awareness/change. Music, Acting, and Dance performance students in the Peck School of the Arts will also benefit from learning how to self-monitor physical performance, access the movement imagination, move expressively, and connect meaningfully with an audience.

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Degrees

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!

Minor - Dance: Somatics

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
Required
DANCE 103 Intro to Iyengar Yoga 2
DANCE 220 Body Sense 3
DANCE 251 Laban Movement Analysis 3
DANCE 371 Applied Anatomy 3
(Choose from below) 3
DANCE 133 Creative Movement
DANCE 233 Improvisation for Dancemeaking
Electives
(Choose from below) 12
DANCE 122 African Dance I
DANCE 321 Alexander Technique for the Performer
DANCE 323 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method I
DANCE 334 Tai Chi
DANCE 360 Movement & Learning
DANCE 370 World Movement Traditions (approved sub-topic)
DANCE 403 Intermediate Yoga
DANCE 421 Alexander Technique Practicum
DANCE 489 Workshop in Dance (approved sub-topic)
DANCE 623 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method II
DANCE 624 Feldenkrais for Performers

Careers+Alumni

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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
Choreographer
City Recreation Department Teacher
Community Arts Work
Community Centers
Company Manager
Consultant
Corps De Ballet
Costume Designer
Creative Director
Cruise Line Performer
Curator
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
Fundraiser
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
Photographer
Physical Therapist
Pilates Instructor
Principal Company Member/Dancer
Production Designer
Professor
Programmer
Regional/Community Theatre Choreographer
Rehabilitation Centers
Rehearsal Director
Répétiteur
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
Videographer
Web Writer/Performance Reviewer
Yoga Instructor

Faculty

Dedicated Somatics Faculty

profile photoSara Arends Haggitharendsha@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Dance

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 photoAlex Hansenajhansen@uwm.edu

Senior Lecturer, Dance

profile photoAnnie Melchiormelchior@uwm.eduZelazo 372

Lecturer, Dance

profile photoThomas Ryanryant@uwm.edu

Lecturer, Dance

profile photoDan Schuchartschuch@uwm.edu

Outreach & Community Liaison

Lecturer, Dance

Dance Faculty & Staff