Dance Department

The Department of Dance is committed to the development of skillful and vibrant dance artists and educators in their pursuit of a comprehensive education built upon diverse practices, research, and community engagement.

Our innovative curriculum integrates multiple disciplines and somatic practices, creating a learning environment that prioritizes a balance of body and mind knowledge with informed, creative expression.

Undergraduate Programs
Christal Wagner,

Graduate Programs
Maria Gillespie,

General Info & Questions
Contact Form | 414-229-4763

Department Programs

Dance BA
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Dance BFA
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Dance MFA
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Somatics Minor
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At the Peck School of the Arts’ Department of Dance, our emphasis on building meaningful relationships sets the stage for your success. Our faculty, committed staff, fellow dance artists, and the wider arts community will become your allies on this transformative journey. These connections are woven into the fabric of your education, equipping you with a vast network of industry professionals.

Outside of the classroom, our students are involved with the city’s professional dance companies, including Danceworks, Ko-Thi, Wild Space, and project-based groups such as Hyperlocal MKE, Dawn Springer Projects, and Panadanza. Students prepare for their profession with workshops and internships with these companies as well as with MG/The Collaboratory and Bembé Dance and Drum. Faculty and students present their work annual at local, regional, and national festivals including Death’s Door Dance Festival, MKE Fringe Fest, Milwaukee Film Festival, and more.

Choosing to be a part of our community means embracing more than just an education. You’re joining a collective of passionate artists, dedicated to honing their craft and advancing themselves in the professional realm. And you’re doing it at the right place. From our purpose-built studios to our captivating performance spaces, every facet of our department is crafted to inspire and nurture your growth.

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Important Dates
Undergraduate Entrance Auditions
For Dance BA and BFA programs in Spring and Fall 2024.

December 1, 2023
February 9, 2024
March 9, 2024

Graduate Applications
November 1 – Priority admission and financial support deadline.
March 1 – Rolling enrollment deadline.