The Dance Department has strong ties to the Milwaukee dance community. The department is home to Ko-Thi Dance Company and its founder and executive director, Ferne Caulker, is a member of the faculty. The first two artistic directors of the Milwaukee Ballet Company were UWM Dance faculty members and the company’s first rehearsal spaces were UWM studios. Alumni have successfully founded, performed with, or directed several area dance companies, including Danceworks and Danceworks Performance Company, Your Mother Dances, and Wild Space Dance Company. The Department has also had a long-standing relationship with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and the Peck School of the Arts continues to develop a relationship with Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre and the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Some classes are offered off the main UWM campus at Danceworks or the Milwaukee Yoga Center. Faculty often serve as guest choreographers, performers and consultants with local dance companies, schools, studios and civic organizations.