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Dance BA


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 participatory dances and movement rituals. Community-based service-learning experiences provide many opportunities to realize these goals. The expectation is also that BA majors will participate in a community dance/movement setting during their undergraduate studies.

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Dance Undergraduate Student Handbook

BA Admission

Please see Dance Admissions page for the Entrance Audition information.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. 

Each undergraduate dance major's coursework will be reviewed at the end of their 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.

BA 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 First Year Program credits)
  • General Electives, 14 cr.

Students must maintain a level of personal fitness necessary to participate fully in their classes and performances.

View University Course Requirements for the BA Degree in Dance.

BA Dance Curriculum

Suggested Course of Study

Dance Technique and Somatics Courses:

Dance 103 Intro to Iyengar Yoga 2
Dance 111 Ballet I 3
Dance 113 Modern Dance Technique I 3
Dance 112, 211, and 212 Ballet II-IV  
  OR 9
Dance 114, 213, and 214 Modern Dance Technique II-IV  
Dance 122 African Dance & Diaspora Tech I  
  OR 2
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
  Martials Arts OR Tai Chi 2
  Ballroom OR Dances of the World 2
Total Technique and Somatics Courses 28

Dance Creative and Academic Courses

Dance 110 Intro to the Art of Dance 3
Dance 135 Intro 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 Courses 33

Recommended General Electives

Dance, Movement, and Theatre electives from the following Dance, Health Sciences (Sport & Rec), 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 Education 3
Dance 490* Repertoire and Ensemble 0-3**
Dance 491 Repertory/Student Choreographer 1
Sport & Rec 114 Weight Training 1
Sport & 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.
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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 Intro 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  
  OR 3
Dance 114 Modern Dance Technique II  
Dance 233 Improvisation 3
Total Freshman Year 2

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester    
Dance 103 Intro to Iyengar Yoga 2
Dance 122 African Dance & Diaspora Tech I  
  OR 2
Dance 370 World Movement: subtitle Hip Hop  
Dance 211 Ballet III  
  OR 3
Dance 213 Modern Dance Technique III  
Dance 219 Arts in Community Service 1
Dance 250 Dance Sophomore Seminar 0
Music 101 Fundamentals of Music (PSOA GER req.) 3
     
Spring Semester    
Dance 212 Ballet IV  
  OR 3
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.)

Course Descriptions

BA Degree Opportunities

The BA Degree in Dance will prepare you to: 

  • Teach movement in schools as part-time specialist
  • Work with seniors in community centers/residences
  • Teach/work in health clubs/Y’s/gyms
  • Teach movement in community centers
  • Boys and girls clubs/after-school projects
  • Work in dance studios
  • Work with dance companies (perform/outreach programs)

Performance Opportunities

The Dance Department presents four concerts each year: Winterdances and Summerdances, which showcase the work of faculty and guest artists, performed by students; and New Dancemakers and Dancemakers, which feature choreography by undergraduate and graduate students, respectively. Recent guest artists have included Susan Marshall, Ronald K. Brown, Laura Dean, and Daniel Gwirtzman.

Guest Artists

Special workshops and residencies are scheduled throughout the academic year. These events are intended to provide students with opportunities to train with well-known guest artists and emerging choreographers. Included in these residencies are performances, technique and repertory classes which provide opportunities to learn excerpts from both renowned and experimental choreographers’ works.

Terpsichorean People

Our student organization promotes the activities of the Department. Through T-shirt sales, concessions at all performances, and advocacy for resources from the UWM student government, Terpsichorean People enhances the student experience by providing support for production activities, travel opportunities, and guest artist fees.