The Minor in Dance Performance is designed to accommodate two different groups of students. The first group of students have years of dance training prior to entering the university and wish to continue to dance while pursuing another major at UWM. The second group of students have the desire for dance performance training, but no prior opportunity before coming to UWM.

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

Admission Requirements for the Minor in Dance Performance

Students must meet general university admission requirements to be admitted to any of the undergraduate curricula as a freshman or transfer student. Prior to completing 6-8 credits of the Minor in Dance Performance coursework, students must apply for and be accepted into the minor. Potential and current students must have a 2.75 overall GPA to be accepted and continue in the Minor of Dance Performance.
 
No more than 6-8 credits (2-3 courses) will be applied toward the minor until after a student has been admitted and a Dance Faculty Advisor has been assigned. All students are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to their health and overall conditioning in order to fulfill the department’s academic requirements for the Minor in Dance Performance.

Requirements

Required Courses
DANCE 233Improvisation for Dancemaking3
Choose 3 credits:3
Survey of Global Dance: Rituals, Performance and Community
History of Dance in the African Diaspora (OWC-B)
Contemporary Dance History (OWC-B)
History of the American Musical Theater (OWC-B)
Choose 1 credit:1
Repertoire and Ensemble 1
Repertory/Student Choreographer 2
Dance Technique and Somatics Courses 3
Choose 15 credits:15
Dance Technique Courses:
Ballet I
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition II
Modern Dance Technique I
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition II
Jazz Dance I
Jazz Dance II
Tap I
African Dance & Diaspora Technique I (3cr. if CD desired)
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition III
Contemporary Dance Practice: Ballet Tradition IV
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition III
Contemporary Dance Practice: Modern Tradition IV
Tap II
Jazz III
Dance for the Musical Theatre I
World Movement Traditions:
Dance for the Musical Theatre II
Workshop in Dance:
Somatics Course List:
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
Total Credits22
 
1

Any dancer cast in faculty or guest artist choreography must be enrolled in at least 1 UWM Department of Dance technique class that meets at least 3 times per week during the rehearsal semester.

2

Any dancer cast in a student work must be enrolled in at least 1 UWM Department of Dance technique class that meets at least 2 times per week during the rehearsal semester.

3

Students completing the Dance Performance minor may enroll in and complete a maximum of 2 courses from the Somatics Course List.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Hours: M–Th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Fri. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (closed on university holidays)
Contact: 414-229-4763 | Contact Form 

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

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

For more information please visit the Peck School of the Arts advising and student services page