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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Peck School of the Arts


Dance




Dance

The Department of Dance offers three undergraduate degree programs which lead to a bachelor's degree in dance: two tracks in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (Performance and Choreography/Contemporary, and Performance and Choreography/Africa and the Diaspora), and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance. Also available are a minor in Somatics and a post-baccalaureate Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A) Teaching Certificate in Dance.

Admission and Retention Requirements

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 is required for entrance into the Dance BA or BFA degree programs. Auditions are typically scheduled four times a year (October, February, April and June). If unsuccessful, students may re-audition, but are limited to auditioning twice per academic year.

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.

To obtain more information about the admission requirements or to be placed on the mailing list for the entrance auditions, please call the Dance Office at (414) 229-2571 or email danceinfo@uwm.edu.

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.

Dance BA and BFA students are required to have a laptop computer after they have passed the Mid-Program Portfolio Review. The hardware and software must meet or exceed the current departmental requirements, as stated on the website (arts.uwm.edu/dance). Students are strongly encouraged to have laptops when they enter the program.

Dance EC-A students are required to have a laptop when they are accepted into the program. The hardware and software must meet or exceed the current departmental requirements, as stated on the website (www4.uwm.edu/psoa/dance).

Dance Program Mission Statement and Program Descriptions

The Department of Dance at UWM is committed to the development and training of skillful and creatively vibrant dance artists. Through its diverse faculty, curriculum and students, the department offers undergraduate and graduate dancers a learning environment that emphasizes creative artistic individuality and the development of professional skills.

The Performance & 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.

The Performance & Choreography/Africa and the Diaspora Track in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance prepares students to perform and create original dance choreography for theatrical productions. Africa and the Diaspora majors complete a rigorous technical and creative curriculum with a foundation in Africa and the Diaspora techniques with cross training in ballet and modern. African 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.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Dance prepares students to teach participatory movement traditions in community settings, and to lead community groups in creating and performing their own dances and movement rituals. Community-based service-learning experiences provide many opportunities to realize these goals. The expectation is also that BA students will participate in a community dance/movement setting during undergraduate study.

The Minor in Somatics prepares students to undertake further study in an array of artistic, teaching/learning, and health/wellness disciplines. Students will study a wide range of somatic practices, including Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Alexander Technique, Pilates Method, Ideokinesis, Body-Mind Centering, Authentic Movement, Iyengar Yoga, and Martial Arts.

The post-baccalaureate Early Childhood through Adolescence (EC-A) Teacher Certification Program in Dance certifies students to teach dance in public schools in the state of Wisconsin. The program prepares teachers to create and deliver curriculum stressing the pillars of dance as an art form: performing dance in various styles, creating original dances, responding insightfully to observed dance performances, interconnecting dance skills/knowledge with other disciplines, and reflecting critically on one’s own dancing and dance knowledge.

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

Dance Foundations Curriculum

Dance 110

Introduction to the Art of Dance

3

Dance 111

Ballet I

3

Dance 113

Modern Dance Technique I

3

Dance 135

Introduction to Dancemaking Skills

3

Dance 192 Dance Freshman Seminar 0

Dance 233

Improvisation for Dancemaking

3

Total

15

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN DANCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Completion of 130 credits. fulfilling the following curriculum requirements:

• General University Core Curriculum, 45 cr. (includes Music 101 as part of PSOA credits)

• Required Dance Courses, 85 cr. (includes Dance Foundations credits)

BFA PERFORMANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY/CONTEMPORARY TRACK DANCE CURRICULUM

Dance Technique Courses

Modern Dance Technique - minimum of 6 semesters (16 credits)
Chosen from Dance 113, 114, 213, 214, 317, 318 – 2 or 3 credits each.
(100-200 level technique classes taken for 3 credits; 300 level for 2 credits)

Ballet - minimum of 6 semesters (16 credits)
Chosen from Dance 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, 312 – 2 or 3 credits each.
(100-200 level technique classes taken for 3 credits; 300 level for 2 credits)

Complementary Dance Technique (African, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre) (4 credits).
Chosen from Dance 115, 116, 117, 122, 123, 217, 327, 427 – 2 credits each.
One Jazz or African technique class is required during sophomore year.

Somatic and Conditioning Practices (6 credits).
(Yoga, Pilates, Body Sense, Alexander Technique)
Chosen from Dance 103, 220, 321, 323, 403, 421, 623 – 2 or 3 credits each.

Total Technique Credits: 42

Dance Creative Courses

Dance 135 Introduction to Dancemaking Skills 3
Dance 231 Music and Dancers 3

Dance 233

Improvisation for Dancemaking

3

Dance 352 Digital Media Portfolio for Dancers 1

Dance 412

Dance Composition I

3

Dance 413

Dance Composition II

3

Dance 414

Dance Composition III or equivalent

3

Dance 490*

Repertoire & Ensemble

3

Total Creative Credits

22

Dance Academic Courses

Dance 110

Introduction to the Art of Dance

3

Dance 192 Dance Freshman Seminar 0

Dance 209

Dance Production

2

Dance 250

Dance Sophomore Seminar

0

Dance 251 Laban Movement Analysis 3
Dance 261 Dance Junior Seminar 0

Dance 309

Dance Production Practicum 1

Dance 314

Contemporary Dance History

3

Dance 350 Dance Senior Seminar 0

Dance 361

Dance in Elementary Education

3

or    
Dance 362 Dance in Secondary Education 3
Dance 371 Applied Anatomy 3

Dance 601

Senior Project

3

Total Academic Credits   21  

*Students participating in department productions must be enrolled in one ballet, modern or Africa & the Diaspora technique class per department performance criteria.

Course of Study

Freshman Year (Includes Foundations Curriculum)  
Fall Semester    

Dance 111

Ballet I

3

Dance 113

Modern Dance Technique I

3

Dance 135

Introduction to Dancemaking Skills

3

Dance 192

Dance Freshman Seminar

0

Dance 209

Dance Production

2

University Core

 

6

Spring Semester    
Dance 110 Introduction to the Art of Dance 3
Dance 112 Ballet II 3
Dance 114 Modern Dance Technique II 3
Dance 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3
Dance 309 Dance Production Practicum 1
University Core   3
Total Freshman Year   33
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester  

Dance 103, 321, or 323

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga, Alexander Technique, or Body Conditioning: Pilates

2

Dance122 or 115 African Dance & Diaspora Technique I, or
Jazz Dance I
2

Dance 211

Ballet III

3

Dance 250

Dance Sophomore Seminar

0

Dance 412

Dance Composition I

3

Music 101

Fundamendals of Music (PSOA GER req.)

3

University Core

3
Spring Semester    
Dance 213 Modern Dance Technique III 3
Dance 231 Music and Dancers 3
Dance 371 Applied Anatomy 3
Dance 490** Repertoire and Ensemble 1
University Core   3
Total Sophomore Year

 

29

Junior Year

Fall Semester    

Dance 103, 321, or 323  

Introduction to Yoga, Alexander Technique for the Performer, or Body Conditioning: Pilates  

2

Dance 212 Ballet IV 3
Dance 214 Modern Dance Technique IV 3
Dance 251 Laban Movement Analysis 3
Dance 261 Dance Junior Seminar 0
Dance 352 Digital Media Portfolio for Dancers 1
Dance 413 Dance Composition II 3
Dance 490 Repertoire and Ensemble 1

University Core

 

3

Spring Semester    
Dance 311 Ballet V 2
Dance 317 Modern Dance Technique V 2
Dance 314 Contemporary Dance History 3
Dance 414 Dance Composition III 3
University Core   6
Total Junior Year   35

Senior Year

Fall Semester    

Dance 103, 403, 323, 623, or 421

  Introduction to Iyengar Yoga, Intermediate Yoga for Dancers, Body Conditioning: Pilates, or Alexander Technique Practicum  

2

Dance 312 Ballet VI 2
Dance 350 Dance Senior Seminar 0
Dance 361 Dance in Elementary Education 3
or    
Dance 362 Dance in Secondary Education  

University Core

9

  Spring Semester    

Dance 115, 116, 117, 122, 123, 217, 327, or 427 Jazz Dance I or II, African Dance & Diaspora Technique I or II, Tap I or II, or Dance for Musical Theatre I or II 2
Dance 318 Modern Dance Technique VI 2
Dance 490 Repertoire and Ensemble 1
Dance 601 Senior Project 3
University Core   9
Total Senior Year   33

**Per departmental policy, any time a student is cast in a faculty or guest artist work, he/she must enroll in Dance 490 for a minimum of 0 or 1 credit during the appropriate semester.

TOTAL REQUIRED DANCE CREDITS: 85

BFA PERFORMANCE & CHOREOGRAPHY/AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA TRACK DANCE CURRICULUM

Dance Technique Courses

Modern Dance Technique - minimum of 6 credits.
Chosen from Dance 113, 114, 213, 214, 317, 318 – 2 or 3 credits each.
(100-200 level technique classes taken for 3 credits; 300 level for 2 credits)

Ballet - minimum of 3 credits.
Chosen from Dance 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, 312 – 2 or 3 credits each.
(100-200 level technique classes taken for 3 credits; 300 level for 2 credits)

Complementary Dance Technique (Jazz Dance I, Tap I), 4 credits.
Chosen from Dance 115, 117 – 2 credits each..

African Dance & Diaspora Technique – minimum of 6 semesters (16 credits).
Chosen from Dance 122, 123, 222, 223, 322, 522 – 2 or 3 credits each.
(100-level technique classes taken for 2 credits; 200-300 level for 3 credits)

Somatic and Conditioning Practices (4 credits).
(Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Body Sense)
Chosen from Dance 103, 220, 321, 323, 403, 421, 623 – 2 or 3 credits each

Total Technique Credits: 33

Dance Creative Courses

Dance 135 Introduction to Dancemaking Skills 3
Dance 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3
Dance 231 Music and Dancers 3
or    
Dance 331 African Percussion Ensemble  
Dance 352 Digital Media Portfolio for Dancers 1

Dance 412

Dance Composition I

3

Dance 413

Dance Composition II

3

Dance 414

Dance Composition III or equivalent

3

Dance 490*

Repertoire & Ensemble

3

Total Creative Credits

 

22

Dance Academic Courses

Dance 110

Introduction to the Art of Dance

3

Dance 192 Dance Freshman Seminar 0

Dance 209

Dance Production

2

Dance 250

Dance Sophomore Seminar

0

Dance 251 Laban Movement Analysis 3
Dance 261 Dance Junior Seminar 0

Dance 309

Dance Production Practicum 1
Dance 313 History of Dance in the African Diaspora 3

Dance 314

Contemporary Dance History

3

Dance 350 Dance Senior Seminar 0

Dance 361

Dance in Elementary Education

3

or    
Dance 362 Dance in Secondary Education 3
Dance 371 Applied Anatomy 3
Dance 441 History of African Dance Theory I 3
Dance 541 History of African Dance Theory II (subtitle) 3

Dance 601

Senior Project

3

Total Academic Credits   30

*Students participating in department productions must be enrolled in one ballet, modern or Africa & the Diaspora technique class per department performance criteria.

Course of Study

Freshman Year  
Fall Semester    

Dance 111

Ballet I

3

Dance 113

Modern Dance Technique I

3

Dance 122 African Dance & Diaspora Technique I 2

Dance 135

Introduction to Dancemaking Skills

3

Dance 192

Dance Freshman Seminar

0

Dance 209

Dance Production

2

University Core

 

3

Spring Semester    
Dance 110 Introduction to the Art of Dance 3
Dance 114 Modern Dance Technique II 3
Dance 115 Jazz Dance I 3
Dance 123 African Dance & Diaspora Technique II 2
Dance 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3
Dance 309 Dance Production Practicum 1
University Core   3
Total Freshman Year   33
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester  

Dance 117

Tap I

2

Dance 250

Dance Sophomore Seminar

0

Dance 313 History of Dance in the African Diaspora 3

Dance 412

Dance Composition I

3

Music 101

Fundamendals of Music (PSOA GER req.)

3

University Core

 

6
Spring Semester    
Dance 222 African Dance & Diaspora Technique III 3
Dance 231 Music and Dancers 3
or    
Dance 331 African Percussion Ensemble  
Dance 371 Applied Anatomy 3
Dance 490** Repertoire and Ensemble 1
University Core   6
Total Sophomore Year

 

33

Junior Year

 

 

Fall Semester    

Dance 103, 321, or 323

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga, Alexander Technique for the Performer, or Body Conditioning: Pilates

2

Dance 223 African Dance and Diaspora Technique IV 3
Dance 251 Laban Movement Analysis 3
Dance 261 Dance Junior Seminar 0
Dance 352 Digital Media Portfolio for Dancers 1
Dance 413 Dance Composition II 3

University Core

 

3

Spring Semester    
Dance 314 Contemporary Dance History 3
Dance 322 African Dance and Diaspora Technique V 3
Dance 414 Dance Composition III 3
Dance 441 History of African Dance Theory I 3
Dance 490** Repertoire and Ensemble 1
University Core    
Total Junior Year   31

Senior Year

 

 

Fall Semester    

Dance 103, 321, or 323

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga, Alexander Technique for the Performer, or Body Conditioning: Pilates

2

Dance 350 Dance Senior Seminar 0
Dance 361 Dance in Elementary Education 3
or    
Dance 362 Dance in Secondary Education  
Dance 541 History of African Dance Theory II 3

University Core

9

Spring Semester  

Dance 490** Repertoire and Ensemble 1
Dance 522 African Dance and Diaspora Technique VI 3
Dance 601 Senior Project 3
University Core   9
Total Senior Year   33

**Per departmental policy, any time a student is cast in a faculty or guest artist work, he/she must enroll in Dance 490 for a minimum of 0 or 1 credit during the appropriate semester.

TOTAL REQUIRED DANCE CREDITS: 85

Suggested Classes for University Core Curriculum – Africa and the Diaspora Track

Humanities - 6 cr.    

Africology 100

Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society

3

Africology 111 Introduction to African-American History to 1865 3
Africology 112 Introduction to African-American History: 1865 to the Present 3
Africology 205 Poetry of African, African-American and Caribbean Writers 3
Africology 210 African-American Novel 3
Africology 235 African-Americans and South Africa 3

Africology 314

School in African-American Life

3

ArtHist 104 African, New World, and Oceanic Art and Architecture 3
Ed Pol 314 School in African-American Life 3
English 150 Multicultural America 3
English 279 Introduction to Latino/a Literature (subtitle) 3
English 281 Introduction to African-American Literature (subtitle) 3
English 507 Studies in 20th Century Literature: Fictions of Multiculturalism 3
Ethnic 101 The Making of American Cultures: Africans, Europeans, and Indian Nations 3

Ethnic 102

Transnational Migrations: Asian-, Arab-, Euro-American and Latino Identity

3

Freshman Seminar Course 192 in multiple departments: (subtitle) 3
Hist 150 Multicultural America 3
Hist 266 Race, Racial Thought, and Prejudice in the United States, 1607 to the Present 3
Hist 267 History of Latinos in the United States 3
Hist 272 Clues: History and Culture 3

L&I Sci 210

Information Resources for Research

3

Philos 253 Philosophy of the Arts 3
Portugs 225 Understanding Brazil: (subtitle) 3
Portugs 360 Brazilian Culture: (subtitle) 3
Portugs 380 Luzo-Brazilian Literature in Translation: (subtitle) 3
Spanish 173 Introduction to Latin America 3
Spanish 225 Understanding the Hispanic World: (subtitle) 3
Spanish 371 Introduction to Latino Literature in English 3
Spanish 373 Topics in Latino Literature in English: (subtitle) 3
Spanish 391 Social and Historical Issues in the Hispanic World: (subtitle) 3
Spanish 470 Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization 3
Social
Sciences - 6 cr.
   

Africol 163

African-American Concept of Self

3

Africol 215 Introduction to Black Social and Cultural Traditions 3
Africol 232 Survey of African Societies and Cultures 3
Africol 250 Poetry of African, African-American and Caribbean Writers 3
Africol 334 Survey of Black American and Brazilian Societies 3
Anthro 104 Lifeways in Different Cultures: A Survey of World Societies 3

Anthro 150

Multicultural America

3

Anthro 250 Women's Roles in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3
Commun 350 Intercultural Communication 3
Econ 248 Economics of Discrimination 3
Ethnic 200 Racial Minorities in the United States 3
Hist 200 Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: American Ghetto 3
Sociol 150 Multicultural America 3
Soc Wrk 665 Cultural Diversity and Social Work 3
Arts – 12 credits outside of Dance (3 fulfilled by Music 101 requirement)

Film 222

Basic Elements of Video

3

Film 420 Intermediate Media Arts Module: (subtitle) 3
Music 489 Workshop in Music: (subtitle) 3
Theatre 100 Introduction to the Theatre 3
Theatre 113 Stage Combat 3
Theatre 281 Stage Management/Communication Tech 3

Theatre 460

Storytelling

3

General University Electives

Bus Adm 100

Introduction to Business

3

Bus Adm 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
Dance 116 Jazz Dance II 2
Dance 117 Tap II 2
Dance 319 Dance Service-Learning (public/private schools)

var

Dance 497 Dance Study Abroad (Africa, Caribbean, Brazil, Peru) var

Dance 699

Independent Study

var

Geog 462 Cultural Geography of Latin America 3

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN DANCE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Completion of 120 credits. fulfilling the following curriculum requirements:

• General University Core Curriculum, 45 cr. (includes Music 101 as part of PSOA credits)

• Required Dance Courses, 61 cr. (includes Dance Foundations credits)

• General Electives, 14 cr.

BA DANCE CURRICULUM

Dance Technique and Somatics Courses

Dance 103 Introduction to Iyengar Yoga 2
Dance 111 Ballet I 3

Dance 113

Modern Dance Technique I

3

Dance 112, 211, and 212 Ballet II-IV 9
or    

Dance 114, 213, and 214

Modern Dance Technique II-IV

 

Dance 122

African Dance and Diaspora Technique I

2

or    

Dance 370

World Movement: Subtitle Hip Hop

 

Dance 220

Body Sense

3

Dance 370 One subtitle from each choice below:

 
  Salsa/Merengue or Tango 2
  Martial Arts or Tai Chi 2
  Ballroom or Dances of the World 2

Total Technique and Somatics Credits

 

28

Dance Creative and Academic Courses

Dance 110

Introduction to the Art of Dance

3

Dance 135 Introduction to Dancemaking Skills 3
Dance 192 Dance Freshman Seminar 0

Dance 219

Arts in Community Service

1

Dance 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3

Dance 250

Dance Sophomore Seminar

0

Dance 251 Laban Movement Analysis 3
Dance 261 Dance Junior Seminar 0

Dance 314

Contemporary Dance History 3

Dance 319

Dance Service-Learning

1

Dance 320 Rituals and Culture 3
Dance 350 Dance Senior Seminar 0
Dance 352 Digital Media Portfolio for Dancers 1

Dance 360

Movement and Learning

3

Dance 371 Applied Anatomy 3
Dance 420 Creating Community Rituals 3

Dance 601

Senior Project

3

Total Creative and Academic Credits   33

Recommended General Electives

Dance, Movement, and Theatre electives from the following Dance, Health Sciences (Sport & Recreation), and Theatre courses.

Dance 115

Jazz Dance I

2

Dance 117 Tap I 2
Dance 221 Body Sense II 3

Dance 313

History of Dance in the African Diaspora

3

Dance 323 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method 2

Dance 361

Dance in Elementary Educaton

3

Dance 490* Repertoire and Ensemble 0-3**
Dance 491 Repertory/Student Choreographer 1

Spt&Rec 114

Weight Training 1

Spt&Rec 115

Aerobic Dance

1

Theatre 460 Storytelling 3

* Students participating in department productions must be enrolled in one ballet, modern or Africa & the Diaspora technique class per department performance criteria.

**Per departmental policy, any time a student is cast in a faculty or guest artist work, he/she must enroll in Dance 490 for a minimum of 0 or 1 credit during the appropriate semester.

Course of Study
(Dance BA curriculum courses only; does not include University Core)

Freshman Year (Includes Foundations Curriculum)  
Fall Semester    

Dance 111

Ballet I

3

Dance 113

Modern Dance Technique I

3

Dance 135

Introduction to Dancemaking Skills

3

Dance 192

Dance Freshman Seminar

0

Dance 220

Body Sense

3

Spring Semester    
Dance 110 Introduction to the Art of Dance 3
Dance 112 Ballet II 3
Dance 114 Modern Dance Technique II 3
Dance 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3
Total Freshman Year   21
Sophomore Year  
Fall Semester  

Dance 103

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga

2

Dance122 African Dance & Diaspora Technique I 2
or    
Dance 370 World Movement: Subtitle: Hip Hop  

Dance 211

Ballet III

3

or    
Dance 213 Modern Dance Technique III  
Dance 219 Arts in Community Service 1

Dance 250

Dance Sophomore Seminar

0

Music 101

Fundamendals of Music (PSOA GER req.)

3
Spring Semester    
Dance 212 Ballet IV 3
or    
Dance 214 Modern Dance Technique IV  
Dance 320 Rituals and Culture 3
Dance 370 World Movement: Martial Arts or Tai Chi 2
Dance 371 Applied Anatomy 3
Total Sophomore Year

 

22

Junior Year

 

 

Fall Semester    

Dance 251

Laban Movement Analysis

3

Dance 261 Dance Junior Seminar 0
Dance 420 Creating Community Rituals 3
Dance 352 Digital Media Portfolio for Dancers 1
Dance 360 Movement and Learning 3
Dance 370 World Movement: Salsa or Tango 2
Spring Semester    
Dance 314 Contemporary Dance History 3
Dance 319 Dance Service-Learning 1
Dance 370 World Movement: Ballroom or Dances of the World 2
Total Junior Year   18

Senior Year

 

 

Fall Semester    

Dance 350

Dance Senior Seminar

0

Spring Semester  

Dance 601 Senior Project 3
Total Senior Year   3

TOTAL REQUIRED DANCE CREDITS: 61

TOTAL IN COURSE OF STUDY: 64 (includes 3 PSOA GER CR.)

Somatics Minor Requirements

Admission and Continuation Requirements. 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 credits of the Somatics Minor coursework, students must apply for and be accepted into the minor (call the Dance Office at 414.229.2571 for the application form). No more than 6 credits will be applied toward the minor until after a student has been admitted and a Dance Faculty Advisor has been assigned. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA overall to remain in the Somatics Minor.

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 withstand 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.

Somatics Minor Curriculum

Required Courses in Dance

Dance 103

Introduction to Iyengar Yoga

2

Dance 122 African Dance and Diaspora Technique I 2
or    

Dance 370

World Movement Traditions or dance equivalent

 

Dance 133 Creative Movement 3

or

 

 

Dance 135 Introduction to Dancemaking Skills  
Dance 220 Body Sense 3

Dance 371

Applied Anatomy 3

Total

 

13

Electives in Dance (please choose 15 cr. from the following):

Dance 221

Body Sense II

2

Dance 233 Improvisation for Dancemaking 3
Dance 321 Alexander Technique for the Performer 2

Dance 251

Laban Movement Analysis

3

Dance 323 Body Conditioning: Pilates Method 2

Dance 360

Movement and Learning

3

Dance 370 World Movement Traditions or dance equivalent (retakeable to 6 cr.) 2
Dance 421 Alexander Technique Practicum 2

Total

  15
Total Credits for Somatics Minor 28

EC-A TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IN DANCE REQUIREMENTS

Admission Requirements

Formal admission to the EC-A (Early Childhood through Adolescence) Teacher Certification Program in Dance will only be granted after either a BA or BFA in Dance has been conferred, and passing scores have been earned in all three sections of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

Current UWM undergraduate dance majors who are interested in seeking dance certification may apply any of the following courses, taken during their undergraduate studies, toward EC-A certification: Dance 360, either 361 or 362, and 411, along with any of the required School of Education EC-A courses. The remaining dance teaching methods classes, as well as student teaching, may be taken only after formal admission to the EC-A program.

Dance graduates holding a BA or BFA in Dance from institutions other than UWM who apply for admission to the Dance EC-A certification program:

1. May be subject to additional coursework.
2. Must provide two letters of recommendation, one of which must come from the applicant’s undergraduate dance program.
3. Must contact the UWM Dance Department to schedule their participation in an Intermediate or Advanced Modern Technique class taught by a full-time faculty member.
4. Must either provide a work sample of their own choreography, or arrange to perform a 1-2 minute example of their choreography for Dance faculty on the day in which they participate in the modern technique class.

For further information and to complete the paper application, please contact the Peck School of the Arts Student Services Office at 414-229-4763 or in the Theatre Building, Room 120.

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the dance coursework.

DANCE EC-A CERTIFICATION CURRICULUM

Ed Psy 330

Introduction to Learning and Development

3

CurrIns 343 Teaching of Reading 3
or    
Currins 545 Reading in Secondary Content Areas  
ExcEduc 300 The Exceptional Individual 3
or    

ExcEduc 531

Inclusion for Secondary Education: Humanities, Arts, Foreign Language

 

or    
ExcEduc 605 Child, Learner, Disabilities  
Dance 360 Movement and Learning 3
Dance 361 Dance in Elementary Education 3
Dance 362 Dance in Secondary Education 3
Dance 411 Field Work in Dance 2
Dance 485, 486 Student Teaching in Elementary/Secondary 10
Total EC-A Certificate   30

ACT 31 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Requirement

Choose one of the following options:

Ethnic 203

Western Great Lakes: American Indian Community Life

3

or    
Hist 263 North American Indian History Since 1887 3
or    

Anthro 213

American indian Peoples of Wisconsin

3

or    
English 276 Introduction to American Indian Literature: (subtitle "Literature, History and Sovereignty of Upper Midwest Indians" only) 3
or    
Successful completion of the School of Education Act 31 workshop

Certification Requirements

1. Fulfill all Dance degree and other graduation requirements; complete graduation process.
2. Fulfill Fieldwork requirement.
3. Earn an overall GPA of 2.75, and 3.0 in Dance courses.
4. Passing score in all 3 sections of the PPST.
5. Successfully complete student teaching.
6. Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a successful career in the field of dance education through the use of a teaching portfolio (see explanation below).

Teaching Portfolio

The Dance faculty and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) require that students compile a teaching portfolio that demonstrates teaching proficiency. The portfolio will be completed as a part of their major dance education methods, fieldwork, and student teaching course requirements aligned with Wisconsin Teaching Standards and Urban Education principles. Evidence of teaching proficiency must include:

1. Record of PPST passing scores.
2. Transcript demonstrating overall 2.75 GPA, and 3.0 in dance classes.
3. Copy of current resume.
4. Lesson plans written and taught in fieldwork and student teaching courses.
5. Examples of student work in video and photo formats.
6. Statement of teaching and learning philosophy.
7. Written evaluations and completed assessment rubrics from cooperating teachers, university supervising teachers, and methods class instructors.
8. Self-evaluations based on early fieldwork and student teaching experiences.
9. Documentation of personal artistry.
10. Mastery of the 10 Wisconsin teaching standards.

 

 

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