The Performance and Choreography/Contemporary Track in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance prepares students to perform and create original dance choreography for theatrical productions. Dance BFA students complete a rigorous technical and creative curriculum designed to develop the student's individual artistic voice. Contemporary Track majors additionally study body/mind sciences, dance pedagogy, historical and cultural contexts for dance, and the interactive collaboration skills necessary to bring dance to the theatre with a high degree of excellence.

Requirements

University Core42
Dance Technique 38
Dance Creative21
Dance Academic14
Dance Electives5
Total Credits120

University Core

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Fine Arts is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

General Education Requirements 1
Competencies 1
Oral and Written Communication – Part A and Part B 2
Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B 2
Foreign Language 2
Distribution Requirements 1
Humanities6
Natural Sciences (Must include one lab)6
Social Sciences6
Cultural Diversity 2
Electives
Additional Electives12
Credits in Peck School of the Arts 39
University Credits3
Total Credits42

Please note: For all Dance majors and minors, dance courses with a grade C- or below will not be counted toward any departmental degree.

Dance Foundations Curriculum

Students in both the BFA and BA dance degree programs must complete the following Dance Foundations curriculum in their freshman year:

DANCE 111Ballet I3
DANCE 113Modern Dance Technique I3
DANCE 233Improvisation for Dancemaking3
Total Credits9

Major Requirements

Dance Technique Courses
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition 4
Select a minimum of 5 semesters:15
Modern Dance Technique I
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition II
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition III
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition IV
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition V
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition VI
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition 4
Select a minimum of 5 semesters:15
Ballet I
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition II
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition III
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition IV
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition V
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition VI
Complementary Dance Technique 5,6
DANCE 115Jazz Dance I2
or DANCE 122 African Dance & Diaspora Technique I
Choose one:2
Jazz Dance I (if not selected above)
Jazz Dance II
Tap I
African Dance & Diaspora Technique I (if not selected above)
African Dance & Diaspora Technique II
Tap II
African Dance & Diaspora Technique III
Pointe and Variations
Dance for the Musical Theatre I
World Movement Traditions:
Dance for the Musical Theatre II
Feldenkrais for Performers
Somatic and Conditioning Practices 7
Choose 4 credits from the following:4
Introduction to Iyengar Yoga
Body Sense
Alexander Technique for the Performer
Body Conditioning: Pilates Method
Intermediate Yoga For Dancers
Alexander Technique Practicum
Body Conditioning: Pilates Method II
Feldenkrais for Performers
Dance Creative Courses
DANCE 231Music and Dancers I3
DANCE 233Improvisation for Dancemaking 83
DANCE 352Digital Media Portfolio for Performers3
DANCE 412Dance Composition I 83
DANCE 413Dance Composition II3
DANCE 490Repertoire and Ensemble 9, 103
DANCE 601Senior Project3
Dance Academic Courses
DANCE 209Dance Production 82
DANCE 251Laban Movement Analysis I3
DANCE 314Contemporary Dance History3
DANCE 371Applied Anatomy3
DANCE 460Teaching Dance in Community Settings3
Dance Elective Courses5
Choose from the following:
Survey of Global Dance: Rituals, Performance and Community
Jazz Dance I
Jazz Dance II
Tap I
Dance Production Practicum
Jazz III
History of Dance in the African Diaspora
History of the American Musical Theater
Dance Service-Learning
Rituals and Culture
Alexander Technique for the Performer
Body Conditioning: Pilates Method
Dance for the Musical Theatre I
World Movement Traditions:
Intermediate Yoga For Dancers
Dance Composition III 11
Creating Dance in the Community
Alexander Technique Practicum
Dance for the Musical Theatre II
Workshop in Dance:
Repertoire and Ensemble
Repertory/Student Choreographer
Total Credits78

Recommended Course of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
DANCE 111 Ballet I 3
DANCE 113 Modern Dance Technique I 3
DANCE 209 Dance Production 2
University Core 6
 Credits14
Spring
DANCE 112 Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition II 3
DANCE 114 Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition II 3
DANCE 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
Somatic Course #1 (see list on Requirements tab) 2
DANCE 115
Jazz Dance I (3 cr. in 122 if GER-CD is desired)
or African Dance & Diaspora Technique I
2
DANCE 213 Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition III 3
DANCE 412 Dance Composition I 3 3
University Core 6
 Credits16
Spring
DANCE 211 Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition III 3
DANCE 231 Music and Dancers I 3 3
DANCE 371 Applied Anatomy 3
DANCE 490 Repertoire and Ensemble 1 1
PSOA Core 6
 Credits16
Year 3
Fall
DANCE 214 Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition IV 3
DANCE 251 Laban Movement Analysis I (QL-B) 3
DANCE 314 Contemporary Dance History 3
DANCE 413 Dance Composition II 3
DANCE 490 Repertoire and Ensemble 1 1
PSOA Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
DANCE 212 Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition IV 3
DANCE 352 Digital Media Portfolio for Performers 3
Dance Elective (see list on Requirements tab) 2
PSOA Core 6
 Credits14
Year 4
Fall
Somatic Course #2 (see list on Requirements tab) 2
DANCE 317 Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition V 3
DANCE 460 Teaching Dance in Community Settings 3
DANCE 601 Senior Project 3
PSOA Core 6
 Credits17
Spring
Complementary Technique (see list on Requirements tab) 2
Dance Elective (see list on Requirements tab) 3
DANCE 312 Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition VI 3
DANCE 490 Repertoire and Ensemble 1 1
PSOA Core 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Admission and Retention Requirements for the Dance BFA and BA

Admission Requirements 

Please see uwm.edu/arts/apply for information on admission starting spring 2017.

Students must meet general university admission requirements to be admitted to any of the undergraduate curricula as a freshman or transfer student. Passing the Dance Entrance Audition (on-campus or video) is required for entrance into the Dance BA or BFA degree programs.

On-campus auditions consist of a variety of technique classes, writing sample, one-minute solo performance (can be self-choreographed), and Q&A session. Video submission (only with prior authorization via email to dance-admission@uwm.edu) consists of writing sample, 5 minutes each of two contrasting dance techniques, and 2-3 minutes of performance video (DVD or URLs in online form). Auditions after the last on-campus audition will be by appointment or via video submission. If unsuccessful, students may re-audition, but are limited to auditioning twice per academic year (via any method).

To RSVP for a specific audition date, or to submit the video audition form (after authorization), prospective students must:

  1. complete the appropriate online form at uwm.edu/arts/apply and
  2. submit separate copies of their high school and/or college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable for this purpose).

Transcripts and/or video footage should be sent to dance-admission@uwm.edu or UWM Dance Admission, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI  53201.

UWM priority application deadline is March 1.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of half of the required dance credits while in residence at UWM in order to graduate. The exact total is available upon admission to the program. Transcript evaluation by a dance advisor is required before placement into dance major courses.

Once accepted, students may enter the program during either fall or spring semesters, but are strongly encouraged to enter in the fall term to progress more smoothly through the BA or BFA curricular sequence.

Retention Requirements

Each undergraduate dance major's coursework will be reviewed at the end of his/her sophomore year to determine continuance in the major, as part of the Mid-Program Portfolio Review. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the dance major.

All students are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to their health and overall conditioning in order to fulfill the department's academic requirements. Each student's ability to undertake the demands of the dance program, including his/her overall physical ability to perform in classes, auditions, rehearsals, and/or performances, will be a factor in the following: grading at the end of each semester; the audition/rehearsal/performance process for departmental productions and outreach events; the Mid-Program Portfolio Review assessment; determining "probation" status; and potentially removing a student from the program.

Laptops

Dance BA and BFA students are required to have a laptop computer (or comparable tablet meeting minimum specifications) by the beginning of their sophomore year, but are strongly encouraged to have one when they enter the program. The hardware and software must meet or exceed the current departmental requirements, as stated on the website (uwm.edu/arts/apply/laptop/) and in the Dance Undergraduate Student Handbook. Website also includes information on using financial aid to fund this expense.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Reception Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday
(closed on university holidays)
Contact: (414) 229-4763

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional academic advising in the following undergraduate disciplines: art, dance, film, music, and theatre.

Advisors provide students with individualized advising to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, etc. 

For more information on Peck School of the Arts advising, please visit http://uwm.edu/arts/advising/.