University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Dance Scholarships

Incoming Student Awardees for 2014-15

Chelsey-Becher_thumbChelsey Becher (Double major in French)
Attended: Stevens Point Area Senior High
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"In my formative years in dance I had a teacher, Julie Engum-Korpal, who graduated from UW-Milwaukee. Since I started as her student she has inspired me to become the dancer I am today. UW-Milwaukee was the best choice for me and I cannot wait to start my college career in the dance department."

Errin-Berry_thumbErrin Berry
Attended: Tennessee State University with a B.A. in English
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2016
"The Peck School of the Arts, Department of Dance has proven to have a solid commitment to not only the art and technical aspects of dance, but has taken it a step further to seriously consider cultural and somatic contributions as well. Without the formal classical training of most at this stage in education, UWM provides an area of concentration in dance of Africa and the Diaspora that is directly in line with my life experience, and unheard of in other programs. This, coupled with the somatic offerings, satisfies more completely my deep-seated interest in the art of dance, and therefore I was convinced to obtain yet another degree—but this one is for me."

Dakota-Judson_webDakota Judson (minor in Business)
Attended: Larkin High School, Elgin IL
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"I first heard about the dance program at UWM from a friend currently in the program. Then after meeting the instructors and several other dance students during the audition and learning more about the program, I realized this is where I want to be. The idea of studying different dance styles from cultural to classical ballet really appeals to me."

MollyKiefer_thumbMolly Kiefer (Double Major in Psychology)
Attended: Stevens Point Area Senior High
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"I choose the UWM Dance Department because they made me feel welcome and at home. Their focus on combining dance and the community through the BA program also attracted me."

Shelby-Larson_webShelby ReNae' Larson (double major in Physical Therapy)
Attended: Rosemount High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"I chose UWM Dance because the instructors here seemed so amazing and nice at the audition and they all had a positive attitude towards everything. The atmosphere here is so inspiring and welcoming that I new that this was the place for me."

Deanna-Lewis_web Deanna Lewis (Double Major in Occupational Therapy)
Attended: West Bend East High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2015
"I chose the Dance Department at UWM because of all the opportunities it has to offer and the encouragement and support that goes behind it."

Haley-Moore_webHaley Moore
Attended: Mary D. Bradford High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"The UWM Dance Department is very welcoming and friendly and I love the diversity that it has to offer!"

Isaac-Robertson_webIsaac Robertson
Attended: Monona Grove High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"Dance is all about exploring and taking risks. I feel that UW-Milwaukee is the place where I can do those things. "

Kathrin-Slezak_webKathrin Slezak
Attended: Minneapolis South High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"I choose UWM Dance because of the renowned staff and support that I received from them. I wanted to keep on growing in my dancing and Milwaukee seemed like the perfect place to transition into a more intense level of training. Milwaukee is a great place for the arts and give me opportunity to fully immerse myself in my art. "

Amy-Sutheimer_webAmy Sutheimer (double major Actuarial Sciences)
Attended: Amherst High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2019
"I chose the UWM Department of Dance because of their welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity they give to dancers. The short time I spent in the department during the audition process made me feel right at home from the beginning. I could sense how much the department truly cared about their dancers and I look forward to being apart of this department and sharing my passions."

Jimmi-Weyneth_webJimmi Weyneth
Attended: Merrill High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2018
"I chose to attend UW-Milwaukee's Department of Dance because it immediately felt like home; also because it offers many great opportunities for its students."

Scholarship Awardees for 2014-2015

Kayla-Flentje_thumbKayla Flentje
Attended: Lincoln High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2016
"I chose the UWM Dance Department because I felt immediately at home from the very beginning, I became close with so many people and it feels like I am a part of a family here. Their approach to teaching dance is so creative and unique and makes me think about dance in a way that challenges me as a dancer. From only being here from one year, I've grown into a more outgoing person and a creative thinker when it comes to dance. The UWM Dance Department has showed me to not be afraid to take risks and to be very grateful for this art we are all lucky enough to participate in."

Halie BahrHalie Bahr (Business Minor and Certificate in Entrepreneurship)
Attended: Slinger High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2015
"I decided to choose Dance as my career path because nothing else came close to inspiring me in High School Academics. Within the UWM Dance Department, my Mind, Body, & Spirit is continuously inspired and challenged beyond belief with the positive people & environment supporting me."

Brooke MillerBrooke Miller
Attended: Roncalli High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2016
"UWM Department of Dance has a welcoming atmosphere with very accomplished and wonderful dance professors who help you reach your fullest potential as a dancer and person in everyday life."

Maggie-Seer__thumbMaggie Seer (Double major in Advertising, Public Relations Minor)
Attended: Port Washington High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2016
"I chose UWM Department of Dance because of the connections it has with the surrounding community. The opportunities to explore, learn and grow in the art of dance are numerous at UWM and in the Milwaukee community."

Amanda-Van-Dorin_thumbAmanda Van Dorin (Double Major in Kinesiology, Pre-PT)
Attended: St. Charles East High School, IL
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2016
"I chose UWM because the Dance Department has such an outstanding approach to teaching that is non-traditional. Instead of focusing on how to create a certain shape or movement with one's body, their teaching approach is to make sure the students understand the kinesthetic underlying causes for movement and how mind-body-spirit is all interconnected through dance."

Melissa-Vesel__thumbMelissa Vesel
Attended: Newman Catholic High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2015
"Dance has always been a part of me and I chose UWM Department of Dance because I couldn't let go of that part of me. I have never been happier in my life than I am now being a part of the UWM Department of Dance. Everyone in the department is like my family and they all are my biggest supporters. I am beyond thankful for this experience and am so glad I made the decision to join the department freshman year."

Miranda-Zielinski_thumbMiranda Zielinski
Attended: Germantown High School
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2017
"Prior to attending UW-Milwaukee, I feel I was very blessed to study under and also teach alongside of UWM alumni. They introduced me to very important somatic practices and my love of instructing. I decided on the UWM Dance Department because of their focus on somatic practices that I had previously started to study and want to continue expanding my knowledge on to support my dancing. As a student of UWM alumni, I was also encouraged to support Milwaukee's local dance companies. I really admired the work that had been created and performed by the current Dance Department staff members and I hoped to not only have the opportunity to work with them as a performer but also to learn how to create my own choreography from them as well."

Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan Dance Scholarship Awardee for 2014-15

Imani-Jalil_webImani Jalil
Attended: Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Year of Graduation at UWM: 2015
"I chose the UWM Department of Dance because it provided a diverse environment full of unique opportunities, such as earning the K-12 teaching certification. Being in the Africa and the Diaspora Track, I am also able to study dance forms that are a great part of my heritage and I wouldn't have been able to do that anywhere else."