MFA Student Handbook

MFA Student Handbook
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Peck School of the Arts
Department of Dance
MFA Student
Mitchell Hall, Room 345
3203 N. Downer Avenue
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2571
[email protected]
revised June 2015
Table of Contents
Message from the Director of the Graduate Program in Dance
Financial Assistance
Curriculum and Suggested Course of Study
Self-Proposed Coursework
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Academic Rules and Procedures
Dance MFA Policies, Faculty and Performances
Course Descriptions
Dance 990 Thesis Procedures
Campus and Area Map Link
Travel and Transportation
On campus information
Golda Meir Library
Additional Campus Information (includes child care & insurance)
Area Guide (includes info on farmer’s markets, coffee shops,
massage, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Summerfest)
Contact List
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Message from Program Director:
Luc Vanier
Welcome to our program. Through personal mentoring and faculty who are expert in their fields,
we aim to adapt to the needs of the ‘returning professional’ in a retreat-like atmosphere on the
beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Our graduate alumni community is dispersed throughout the
United States and the world and their experiences helped shape the program over the years. I
trust in time your experience will help us direct the program, but in the meantime, please rest
assured of our commitment to you fulfilling your goals in joining our program.
Our Mission
The Masters in Performing Arts-Dance is structured to meet the scheduling constraints of working
dance professional performers, choreographers and educators. An MFA with an emphasis on
performance and choreography is considered a terminal degree in the field and is a requirement
for most tenure-track appointments at the university level. The MFA degree program at UWM
offers a balance of theoretical, creative and practical coursework (including dance technique and
complementary movement training) with the goal of preparing future university dance faculty. We
also provide educators in public and private schools with the means to expand their dance and
choreographic skills while augmenting their professional credentials and their earning status.
May 2004 Graduate and Jacob Javits Fellow Nina Haft identified the unique nature of the MFA
Program in Dance at UW-Milwaukee as follows:
I chose this program for several reasons, the first being the outstanding faculty, all of
whom are esteemed working artists and compelling educators in our field. They offer a
unique combination of structure, guidance, mentoring and role modeling, while also
acknowledging our work and maturity in dance. This level of confidence, openness and
generosity is a rarity in university programs, and a tremendous asset in building a
community of learners here at UWM.
Our Curriculum
The MFA curriculum starts with all students entering the program in the summer. A student can
expect to complete the minimum requirement of 60 credit hours towards graduation in five
semesters if they carry 12-13 credits each term. The program follows an intense hybrid schedule
(part online and part on campus) that includes two 7-week retreat-like summer semesters, with
the final three semesters completed during fall, spring or a third summer semester. There is also
the possibility of a January intensive. Please don’t hesitate to contact me ([email protected]) with
any questions you have regarding the program.
Luc Vanier
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Admission to the Dance MFA program is in the summer only, with a priority postmark application
deadline of November 1 (or the next business day if the 1st is a weekend), and a received
application deadline of March 1 (not postmark). We encourage possible applicants to contact the
department prior to the application deadlines. The Graduate School and the Department of Dance
require a different set of materials for the application.
Graduate School Application and Admission Criteria
§ Applications are available online only and are available on the UWM web page
( under the “Apply for Admission” heading. The application
instructions include information on where to mail official transcripts. If you attended more
than one institution prior to earning your bachelor's degree, have those sent from
institutions where you earned nine or more credits. Official undergraduate transcripts
(those still in their sealed envelopes from issuing institutions) should be mailed directly to
the Graduate School at: UW-Milwaukee Graduate School, Joan Hayes, P.O. Box 340,
Milwaukee, WI 53201. Questions should be directed to [email protected], and please
include your UWM Student ID number in the email.
§ The Dance Department cannot act on any application until all materials have been received
and processed by the Graduate School.
§ The Dance MFA program does not require GRE tests for acceptance.
§ The Graduate School admission standards require a Bachelor’s degree (does not need to
be in Dance) with a minimum of 2.75 GPA (4.0 scale). Our applicants generally exceed the
minimum GPA (however, keep in mind, certain types of financial assistance require a
higher GPA).
§ Upon acceptance (between January 1 and March 30), the successful applicant receives an
acceptance letter from the Graduate School, and the unsuccessful applicant will receive a
denial letter. Concurrently, the Dance Department will develop a waiting list (with email
notifications of the applicant’s current status), and will hold off on recommending
acceptance to the Graduate School until a final decision has been made.
Dance Department Application and Admission Criteria
§ The Dance MFA Faculty reviews the completed Graduate School application and transcript
assessment to determine academic ability, and letters of recommendation and work
samples of choreography and performance to determine artistic merit.
§ The department recommends acceptance for admission for candidates who have
demonstrated choreographic originality and skill, advanced technical skills, academic
maturity and self-motivation.
§ The Dance Department requires the following materials in hard copy or pdfs sent in a
single email:
o Work Sample sent via PDF: Work sample description page with URLs for 10-12
minutes of recent performance and choreography. It may consist of excerpted
works (minimum two minutes from each work). Must include exact URL (web
address) for each work (clickable links preferred). For each work included, work
sample description page should list choreographer, performers, venue,
company/organization, dates, and any other applicable information (designers,
o Press materials if available.
o Curriculum vitae or resume (no more than 5 pages).
o Copy of your personal statement from the Graduate School online application. The
personal statement addresses your reasons for pursuing graduate study.
o Two current letters of recommendation from professionals in the field, addressed to
Dance Graduate Faculty (no older than 6-12 months) – these can be emailed
directly from the recommender to [email protected]
o Mailing address for all materials: Dance MFA Application, UW-Milwaukee, PO Box
413, Milwaukee, WI 53201
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Email address is: [email protected] (only PDFs will be accepted via email).
International Student Admission
§ International
site: If you have any questions, you can contact Alexander
Foundos at International Student and Scholar Services, part of the Center for International
Education, by any of the following methods:
On campus: Garland Hall, Room 138
Phone:(414) 229-4846
Fax: (414) 229-3750
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Center for International Education
International Student and Scholar Services
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413
Fees and Tuition
The department makes every effort to ensure graduate study is affordable for our MFA
candidates. The Peck School of the Arts Dean’s Office offers a limited quantity of Non-Resident
Tuition Remission (NRTR) awards available for our accepted out-of-state students. The Peck
School of the Arts and the Dance Department also offer supplementary awards in the summer
terms based on academic and artistic merit.
As a state institution, tuition fees are determined yearly. Representative tuition amounts are
We encourage students to enroll for 12-13 credits in the summer term and 12 credits in the fall
and spring. Full-time enrollment is either 8 or 9 credits and varies from summer to fall/spring.
For any credits taken over full-time enrollment, there is no additional tuition charged, thus
providing the student with 3-4 free credits each semester with full-time enrollment (20 credits
total over 5 semesters).
Financial Assistance
Possible Financial Support from Peck School of the Arts and Dance Department, to be applied
directly against tuition fees.
§ As part of the admission process, the faculty ranks accepted candidates and uses these
rankings to determine eligibility for school and department awards, based on artistic merit.
§ Non-resident Tuition Remission (NRTR) – reduces your tuition from the out-of-state rate to
the in-state rate (saving approximately $5000-7000 per semester).
§ Departmental Award – funding provided by UWM Foundation and Dance Department.
Award amounts range from $300-3000 during the summer term.*
§ Chancellors Graduate Student Award (CGSA) – funding provided by the Peck School of the
Arts Dean’s Office. Minimum GPA required is 3.3 or equivalent professional experience.
Award amounts range from $250-3000 during summer term, and may be renewable for a
second summer.*
§ All students carrying more than one incomplete prior to the summer enrollment will have
their Departmental and CGSA awards reduced.
§ NRTR, Departmental, and CGSA awards are determined yearly upon recommendation from
the Dance MFA Faculty and announced in March. All awards may be renewable for the
course of your degree work as long as you remain a student in good standing (3.8 GPA).
To receive any award, you must be registered for 8-12 credits each semester.
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Two UWM fellowships (Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship and Advanced
Opportunity Program Fellowship) are available for graduate students. Please see below in
the Graduate School-administered programs section.**
*All awards (NRTR, CGSA and Departmental) are available on a first-come, first-served
basis. Students applying by the priority deadline will have the greatest chances of support.
Students applying after January 1st cannot be assured funding.
Due to the low-residency structure of our MFA Program, the Department of Dance does not offer
Teaching, Project or Research Assistantships. Information concerning additional funding
opportunities, both external and internal, is available by contacting the Graduate School
Fellowships office directly at [email protected]
Graduate students are eligible to apply for the following types of assistance available through the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:
§ Graduate School-administered fellowships and travel grants.
§ Other UWM scholarships and fellowships
§ Extramural fellowships
§ Teaching, research, and project assistantships (not in UWM Dance)
§ Loans and Work-Study appointments
Graduate School-Administered Awards
Dance MFA students may compete for the following UWM Graduate School-administered awards.
A separate application is required for each of these programs, submitted online through the
Graduate School website:
§ Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships**
§ Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowships**
§ Travel Grants
**Students wishing to apply for UWM Fellowships must apply by the priority date.
Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships
Approximately 16 Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships (DGSFs) are awarded annually
campus-wide to exceptional newly admitted or currently enrolled UWM graduate students. Awards
are for full-time study only, for 2 of the 3 semesters per year. If accepted, fellows cannot work
more than 15 hours per week. In addition to the stipend, fellowship recipients will receive full
coverage of in-state tuition and remission of out-of-state tuition (for students who are not
residents of the State of Wisconsin). All fellows are responsible for payment of mandatory fees
and any special course fees that may occur. All fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for a
benefit package, which includes comprehensive low-cost State Health Insurance. For information
and the application, please see the following website:
Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowships
Approximately 30 new AOP Fellowships are awarded annually to members of groups underrepresented in graduate study or who are otherwise disadvantaged. All awards are for full-time
study only, for 2 of the 3 semesters per year, and may be renewable for a second year.
Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents of the United States. In addition to
the stipend, fellowship recipients will receive full coverage of in-state tuition and remission of outof-state tuition (for students who are not residents of the State of Wisconsin). All fellows are
responsible for payment of mandatory fees and any special course fees that may occur. All
fellowship recipients are eligible to apply for a benefit package, which includes comprehensive
low-cost State Health Insurance. For information and the application, please see the following
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Travel Grants
Graduate Student travel grants of up to $400 are awarded in support of travel expenses for UWM
graduate students presenting papers at professional meetings or conferences, or for performing
or exhibiting original work. Master's and/or doctoral students enrolled full-time and who have at
least a 3.0 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply. Awards are made twice a year and may apply
towards retroactive or prospective travel. Application information and forms are available from
the following website:
Extramural Awards
To help UWM graduate students find external funding sources, the Graduate School provides
access to national lists and searchable databases of extramural graduate fellowships, financial
aid, grant opportunities, and scholarships. For deadlines and other information, please see the
following website:
Department of Financial Aid
If you are interested in Financial Aid, contact the Financial Aid offices directly at Please note that these awards are not connected to the Graduate
School Fellowships office or the PSOA Dance Department.
IMPORTANT: The UWM FAFSA School Code is 003896
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Dance MFA Curriculum
The program requires summer entry and a minimum of two summers on campus with off-campus
coursework completed in the fall and/or spring to complete a minimum of 60 credits to degree.
Distribution Requirements
The MFA in Dance requires the completion of 60 credits distributed as follows. Courses preceded
by an asterisk (*) are required in the curriculum, and courses preceded by a caret (^) are
strongly suggested. Courses preceded by (~) are scheduled in alternating semesters for
curriculum diversity.
Dance Technique Courses (DT) 9-15 credits Courses are selected from the offerings below.
Coursework may be pursued on or off campus. A variety of technique practices is encouraged.
~Theory and Techniques of Contemporary Dance (717, 718) 2cr
~Theory and Techniques of Ballet (711, 712) 2cr
Intermediate Yoga (403) 2cr
Pilates Technique and Applications (723) 2cr
*Alexander Technique *(721) and Alexander Technique Practicum (722) 1-3cr
^Feldenkrais for Performers (889) 2cr
Independent Study - self-proposed course (799) 1-3cr
Creating, Staging and Performing Dance (CSP) 16-22 credits These courses carry range of
1-3 credits.
*Dance Composition I and II (701, 702) 3cr
*Improvisation I and II (733, 734) 2cr
*Choreography I and II (801, 802) 3cr – self-proposed course
Repertoire and Ensemble (790) 1-3cr
Theory and Application of Dance (TA) 12-18 credits
*Laban Movement Analysis (751) 3cr
*Survey of Dance Literature & Bibliography (761) 3cr
Dance in Secondary Education and College (762) 3cr – self-proposed course
*American Concert Dance of the 20th Century (772) 3cr
^Field History: Contemporary Dance Festivals (873) 2-4cr – self-proposed course
Developing Performance Quality (880) 1-3cr – self-proposed course
Electives in Complementary Studies (CS)
(coursework outside of the dance field) 6-14 credits
With the consent of the major professor, students may elect graduate level coursework on or off
campus that is applicable to their research area of interest.
~Special Workshop (889) 1-6cr – may be repeated with change in topic to max of 9 credits.
Summer intensives plus Lighting Design for Dance, Sound Design for Dance, Stage
Management, Directing for Choreography & Cross-Discipline Work, etc
Theatre Independent Study (Theatre 699 or Dance 889) 1-6cr per semester to a max of 3
credits/semester. Self-proposed complementary studies course.
Final Project/Thesis (FP) 4-8 credits
*Dance Final Thesis Project (990) 2-4 credits per semester to a max of 8 credits over two
Suggested course of study
The MFA Dance Program at UW-Milwaukee offers a unique balance of structured and
individualized student-proposed coursework. What follows is a suggested registration plan with
the assumption of 12-13 credits per semester. Actual registration plans may vary according a
student’s graduation timeline. The course numbers for summer sessions are listed in bold. The
abbreviations for distribution requirements are also listed in parentheses. When registering, you
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must check the online schedule to obtain the section/lab number and class numbers. All students
will receive an email from the program director prior to the registration period that includes
suggested course of study by year in program and any relevant updates.
SUMMER 1 (12-13cr)
13 credits are possible with enrollment in the optional one-week intensive and the mandatory 6week session. The maximum enrollment for the 6-week session is 12 credits.
v ^~Dance 889-Special Workshops-variable topics (TA or TA/DT) 3cr. One-week
intensive workshop with variable sub-topics (Past topics have included Dance of the
African Diaspora, Dance for the Camera, and Modern Dance Pedagogy). 3 credits may be
applied in entirety to Theory and Application distribution requirement or depending on the
sub-topic divided between Technique and Theory categories.
v Dance Technique course selections (DT): ~717 Theory and Techniques of
Contemporary Dance (Modern) 2cr, and ~711 Theory and Techniques of Ballet 2cr
are offered on campus every other summer. *721 Alexander Technique 2cr is offered
every summer, and 889 Feldenkrais for Performers 2cr, 403 Intermediate Yoga 2cr
or 723 Pilates Method 2cr. Feldenkrais, Yoga, Pilates and Alexander Technique courses
will accommodate beginning to advanced students.
v Required creative sequence (CSP): *701 Dance Composition I 3cr and *733
Improvisation 2cr.
v 790 Repertoire and Ensemble 1-3cr. Opportunities are available every summer. Course
may be registered for retroactively in later terms if necessary.
v *761 Survey of Dance Literature and Bibliography 3cr (TA). This course is highly
encouraged for first year students. The class meets 3 times over the summer term and
work begun in the summer is completed in the fall term. Enrollment may be done either in
the following fall or spring semesters.
v 880 Developing Performance Quality 1-3cr (TA or CSP). Re-staging choreography or
rehearsal directing self-proposed course. Course may be registered for retroactively in
later terms if necessary.
FALL 1 (12 credits)
v *772 American Concert Dance of the Twentieth Century 3cr (TA). Graduate
seminar in special topics of American concert dance of the twentieth century. Course is
offered as an online course with electronic readings, discussion and projects.
v *801 Choreography I 3cr (CSP) Creating fully-mounted works; choreography,
performance quality, lighting design, costumes.
v 889 Sound Design for Dance 1-3cr (CS). Course is offered as an online course with
electronic readings, discussion and projects. This is offered every other fall semester.
v Additional coursework as advised (including retro-active enrollments from summer
SPRING 1 (12 credits)
If no credits were enrolled in fall, contact Joan Hayes in Graduate Student Services (414-2295840 or [email protected]) prior to registration to re-activate your registration (at no charge).
v 889 Lighting Design for Dance 1-3cr (CS). Course is offered as an online/hybrid
course with electronic readings, discussion and projects. Coursework will conclude
during summer term. This is offered every other spring semester.
v ^873 Field History: Contemporary Dance Festivals 2-4cr (TA) Research, reading,
attendance and documentation on selected festivals/series events. May be repeated
with permission to max of 9 cr. Coursework may be completed on or off-campus.
v 880 Developing Performance Quality 1-3cr (TA or CSP). Re-staging choreography
or rehearsal directing self-proposed course. Course may be registered for retroactively
in later terms if necessary.
v 799 Independent Study
v Additional coursework as advised
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SUMMER 2 (12-13cr)
13 credits are possible with enrollment in the optional one-week intensive and the mandatory 6week session. The maximum enrollment for the 6-week session is 12 credits.
v ^Dance 889-Special Workshops-variable topics (TA or TA/DT) 3cr. One-week
intensive workshop with variable sub-topics (Past topics have included Dance of the
African Diaspora, Dance for the Camera, Modern Dance Pedagogy). 3 credits may be
applied in entirety to Theory and Application distribution requirement or depending on the
sub-topic divided between Technique and Theory categories.
v Dance Technique course selections (DT): ~717 Theory and Techniques of
Contemporary Dance (Modern) 2cr, and ~711 Theory and Techniques of Ballet 2cr
are offered on campus every other summer. *721 Alexander Technique 2cr is offered
every summer, and 889 Feldenkrais for Performers 2cr, 403 Intermediate Yoga 2cr
or 723 Pilates Method 2cr. Feldenkrais, Yoga, Pilates and Alexander Technique courses
will accommodate beginning to advanced students.
v Required creative sequence (CSP): *702 Dance Composition II 3cr and * 734
Improvisation 2cr.
v 790 Repertoire and Ensemble 1-3cr. Opportunities are available every summer. Course
may be registered for retroactively in later terms if necessary.
v *751 Laban Movement Analysis 3cr. Theory and movement practice in effort/shape for
use both in performance and choreography.
FALL and/or SPRING 2 12 credits
If necessary, contact Joan Hayes in Graduate Student Services (414-229-5840 or
[email protected]) prior to registration to re-activate your registration (at no charge). All of the
courses listed below may be completed off-campus.
v *802 Choreography II 3cr (CSP). Creating fully-mounted works; choreography,
performance quality, lighting design, costumes.
v 880 Developing Performance Quality 1-3cr (TA or CSP). Re-staging choreography
or rehearsal directing self-proposed course.
v *990 Final Project/Thesis 2-4 cr. Final projects may be proposed and completed
over two semesters. The minimum number of final project credits towards degree is 4.
Students may register for a maximum of 8 credits distributed over two semesters.
Credits and activities are determined in consultation with the Program Director and
Major Professor.
v Additional coursework as advised (including retro-active enrollments from summer
SUMMER 3 (if necessary)
v ^Dance 889-Special Workshops-variable topics (TA or TA/DT) 3cr. One-week
intensive workshop with variable sub-topics (Past topics have included Dance of the
African Diaspora, Dance for the Camera, Modern Dance Pedagogy). 3 credits may be
applied in entirety to Theory and Application distribution requirement or depending on
the sub-topic divided between Technique and Theory categories.
v 990 Final Project/Thesis (FP) 2-4cr. Final projects may be proposed and completed
over two semesters. The minimum number of final project credits towards degree is 4.
Students may register for a maximum of 8 credits distributed over two semesters.
Credits and activities are determined in consultation with the Program Director and
Major Professor.
v Additional coursework as advised
registered for at least 1 graduate credit (credit basis only; audit not allowed) during the
semester your degree is awarded (Dance 888).
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Self-proposed coursework
Self proposed coursework is one of the hallmarks of our program. Most of our off-campus courses
(such as Dance 762, 790, 799, 801, 802, 873, 880, and Theatre 699/Dance 889/FineArt 589)
require a formal course proposal containing the submission of the following items prior to the
beginning of the term to the course instructor (late submissions may not be accepted):
v A formal proposal abstract, which includes a summary of proposed activities and course
objectives, including how the project applies to your overall research focus. Include
proposed semester of registration, the number of credits, course number, project title and
v Timeline with specific dates and activities to be accomplished. A minimum of three work
submissions are required in any given term. All work must be submitted by agreed-to due
dates unless cleared with the instructor.
v Modes of assessment-Assessment examples might include: recorded rehearsals, essays,
Courses that carry a variable range of credits use the following formula in determining the
number of credits: 48 hours of work per credit (formerly 12.5 contact hours, i.e. face-to-face
instruction time). So, for a three-credit course, students should expect to propose and work a
minimum of 144 hours, including readings, research, meetings, rehearsals, writing, etc.
Students can expect that instructors may request additional information, modified timelines and
rewrites of narrative. A complete proposal supports mentor/student dialogue and effective
Modes of assessment - additional information:
v Academic and Research projects
o Determine with instructor best mode and format of submissions
o Every submission needs to include questions and observations to guide the
instructor’s response
o Submit a summary of completed work with the final work submission
v Choreographic projects
o Determine with instructor best mode of submission for video/audio materials, e.g.
Quicktime, DVD, URLs, etc.
o Every submission needs to include questions and observations to guide the
instructor’s response
o Submit a summary of completed work with the final work submission
Proposal checklist to be completed by instructor
1. Proposal Abstract/Course objectives date approved
2. Timeline-requested extensions
3. Final summary and work completed
A sample proposal is available towards the end of the handbook…
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Academic Rules and Procedures
Compiled from the online Graduate School Academic Policies and Procedures available at:
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Over the course of your graduate studies at UWM, some rules are likely to change. You have the
option of either following the requirements and regulations that were in effect when you first
enrolled in your present program, or following current requirements and regulations. Check with
your graduate program unit regarding any questions you have about requirements.
Add/Drop policy
You may drop courses after the stated drop deadline only for reasons of extraordinary
circumstances not related to academic performance in the course, and you must complete a
Request for Exception form from Graduate Student Services. If you request a drop for medical
reasons, you must supply documentation from a physician. Such drops require approval of the
instructor, the graduate program unit, and the Graduate School. Courses dropped after the fourth
week of classes remain on your record and are noted on transcripts with the W symbol.
Refer to the Schedule of Classes for Add/Drop (Change of Registration) instructions and
deadlines. Add/Drop forms are available in the Dance Office as well as online. You can also add
and drop classes on the PAWS Web site.
Appealing Academic Decisions
Appeals of academic decisions proceed through a three-step procedure beginning in the student's
program or department and ending with the Dean of the Graduate School. A graduate student
who chooses to appeal an academic decision (e.g., grades, scholastic standing, graduation
decisions) initiates the appeal with the appropriate authority within the department or program in
which the decision was made. As Dean of the school administering graduate programs, the Dean
of the Graduate School is the final authority on appeals of academic decisions. An appeal to the
Dean of the Graduate School is the third and final step in the appeal procedure and is made only
after the first two steps in the appeals procedure have failed to produce a result that the student
considers satisfactory. Please consult the website for details of the appeals procedure.
Your continuation in the Graduate School is at the discretion of the Graduate School, your
graduate program unit, and your major professor. The Graduate School minimum graduation GPA
requirement is a 3.0 (4.0 basis) or better in all work taken toward the degree.
Academic Warning
You will receive an academic warning if your semester grade point average falls below 3.0.
Graduate Dean's OK Required to Continue
You will receive a "Graduate Dean's OK Required to Continue" Hold on your PAWS account if any
of the following conditions exist:
Your cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0.
You are not removed from probation status within three enrolled semesters.
You do not satisfy deficiencies within three enrolled semesters.
This status prevents further registration and requires you to petition the Graduate School and
obtain a positive recommendation from the graduate program unit before further registration will
be permitted.
Academic Dismissal
The graduate program unit may recommend that you be academically dismissed for poor
academic performance, lack of progress toward degree, or failure to meet Graduate School or
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program requirements. The Graduate School, in consultation with the graduate program, may
also initiate a dismissal for these reasons. In all cases, the Dean of the Graduate School makes
the final decision regarding academic dismissal.
Recommendation for dismissal may be initiated for, but is not limited to, the following:
A cumulative graduate grade point average below 3.0.
Exceeding the time limit for degree completion.
Credit Transfer
The maximum number of transfer credits allowable is the higher of (a) 12 semester credits or (b)
40% of the total number of credits required for graduation (24 credits for our 60-credit program).
Master's students may request that graduate credits earned in coursework taken at another
institution (not UWM) be applied toward their UWM master's degree.
To qualify, the work must meet the following criteria:
v The work must be graduate level from an accredited institution
v The work must have been taken within five years of admission
v The work cannot have been used to meet previous degree requirements
v A grade of B or better must be earned; B- is not acceptable
v The work must be approved by your graduate program unit
The following types of UWM coursework can be considered for transfer into a graduate program,
provided that they meet the above criteria:
Coursework taken as a Graduate Non-Degree student.
Coursework taken as an Off-Campus Graduate Student.
Continuing Education credits are not eligible for transfer.
To transfer credit earned before admission, you must file a Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation
Form with the Graduate School during your first semester of enrollment at UWM. Transfer credit
will be posted on your official record after you have completed one semester in your degree
program. Transfer work is not calculated into the UWM GPA. Only UWM coursework is calculated
into the GPA. The form and additional information available from:
To take coursework at another institution as part of your master's program, you must obtain
permission from your advisor and from the Graduate School. Taking coursework at another
institution during the semester you intend to graduate is not recommended and does not satisfy
the minimum registration requirement at UWM for graduation.
Undergraduate/Graduate Courses
The courses listed for each graduate program in the Bulletin have been approved for graduate
credit. Some 300-699 courses carry a U/G credit designation, meaning they have been approved
to be offered for both undergraduate and graduate credit. To receive graduate credit, you must
have graduate status and meet the special graduate student requirements indicated by the
instructor on the syllabus. However, in any given semester a U/G course might be offered for
undergraduate credit only. Consult the credit-level column in the Schedule of Classes to
determine whether a U/G course is currently being offered for graduate credit. You will not
receive graduate credit for any course that is not offered for graduate credit or for any U/G course
for which you did not register as a graduate student.
Graduate Courses
All 700-999 courses carry a G credit designation, meaning they have been approved to be offered
for graduate credit only. You must have current graduate status to be eligible to earn graduate
credit in these courses. Students in other classifications must obtain the instructor's approval to
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enroll in G courses. In a graduate student's program the majority of courses are expected to be in
the 700-999 group.
One of the major benefits of the Dance Department’s focus on graduate study in the summer is
that the majority of the classes graduate students take on campus are graduate-only courses.
The exceptions are the technique courses that are open to upper-level undergraduate students as
separate undergraduate course offerings. The syllabi for the distinct graduate course offerings
reflect the additional coursework and performance expectations required for graduate students.
Full-Time Enrollment
Graduate students enrolled for a minimum of 8 credits per semester or 6 credits during a summer
session are considered full time.
Grade Definitions and Requirements
Grades with associated grade points
Grade Points
F+, F
Grade Points
Grade Definitions
Superior work
Satisfactory, but undistinguished work
Work below the standard expected of graduate students
D, F
Unsatisfactory work
Grades without associated grade points
Other course
No Credit
status designations
Incomplete* (see pages 12 & 22)
Permanent Incomplete
C- or above in credit/no credit course
Below a C- in a credit/no credit course
Not Completed (audit courses only)
Progress (must be converted to a grade upon the completion of the course
Administrative Withdrawal
S and U grades
S and U are the only valid grades for master's capstone courses, doctoral dissertation courses,
and courses for which students register on an audit basis.
*Incomplete and Permanent Incomplete Policy
An Incomplete is appropriate only when the following conditions are present:
• You have done satisfactory work in a substantial fraction of the course requirements prior
to grading time and provide the instructor with evidence of potential success in completing
the remaining work.
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Extraordinary circumstances, not related to class performance, such as illness or family
emergency, have prevented you from finishing the course requirements on time.
An Incomplete will not be given to enable you to do additional work to improve a grade. It is your
responsibility to initiate a request for an Incomplete. If approved, the instructor will indicate the
conditions for the removal of the Incomplete, including the dates for submitting all remaining
work. The instructor may deny a request for an Incomplete and assign a letter grade based on
the work completed at that point. You are responsible for seeing that the Incomplete is removed
before the agreed deadline and that the instructor has reported the grade to the Graduate School.
The instructor may change the I to a letter grade (including an F) or to a PI (Permanent
Incomplete) if you fail to meet the deadline for completion.
If the instructor does not change the Incomplete to a regular letter grade within one year from
assigning the Incomplete grade, the Incomplete will lapse to a Permanent Incomplete (PI),
whether or not you are enrolled (a PI is not computed into the grade point average). The PI
symbol subsequently cannot be changed to a regular letter grade. Except in cases where the work
was completed, but the instructor neglected or was unable to file a grade change in time, the "PI"
will remain on your record. If you have received a PI and want credit for that course, you must
register again and complete the designated requirements. You may not register for a course for
which an I remains on the transcript. You may graduate with a PI provided all degree
requirements have been met. All Incompletes must be removed or changed to a PI before you
may graduate.
The Dance Department receives a blanket overload from the Graduate School for summer
enrollment of 13 credits for students registered for the entire 7-week program. Students enrolling
in the 6-week program may register for a maximum of 12 credits.
Re-entry to program
Students who elect to take a semester off may need to contact Joan Hayes to re-activate their
registration (there is no charge for the re-activation) prior to registration (but try registering
first). A re-entry form is needed if a student has not registered for classes for two or more
semesters. Forms are available through the Graduate School or at the website below, and may be
sent to Joan directly. There is a $15 processing fee.
Joan Hayes, Arts Graduate Student Services Specialist
414-229-5840, [email protected]
Graduation Policies
You must submit a Master's Graduation Application during the semester you expect to graduate,
no later than the end of the second week of the semester, or the first week of June during the
summer session. To apply in PAWS, please click on “Apply for Graduation” and complete the
Masters Graduation Application. You must also pay a non-refundable $40.00 graduation fee,
which will be invoiced by the Bursar's Office during the semester.
Minimum Credit Registration
You must be registered for at least 1 graduate credit (credit basis only; audit not allowed) during
the semester your degree is awarded.
Review and Approval
The Graduate School reviews your record to ensure that you will have fulfilled the degree
requirements upon completion of the semester in progress. Graduate School minimum graduation
GPA requirement is a 3.0 (4.0 basis) or better in all work taken toward the degree. The
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Application for Graduation is then forwarded to the graduate program unit for its recommendation
and approval. When the graduate program unit has reviewed and approved the application, it is
returned to the Graduate School. Before the degree can be awarded, all Incomplete, Not
Reported, and Progress notations must be cleared from your record. Transcripts and diplomas
cannot be released until hold notations are cleared. The Graduate School has the final
authorization to grant the degree.
Commencement Ceremony
Graduation ceremonies are held in May and December. August graduates attend the December
graduation ceremony. About one month before graduation, all eligible master's degree candidates
will receive a letter from the Secretary of the University's office containing the date, location, and
time of the ceremony, as well as information on ordering caps and gowns. Information at
If you want your name to appear in the commencement bulletin, be sure that your directory
information with the University is not restricted. If you have restricted the release of your
address, phone number and other limited information, contact the Department of Enrollment
Services Information Center in Mellencamp 274.
Dance Department Policies
Absence Policy
The UWM Dance Department absence policy states that students are allowed no more than one
absence for medical, family and other extenuating circumstances for the term. Each additional
absence will drop the student’s grade by one full letter grade. Once class has begun, latecomers
may not be permitted to participate if more than 5 minutes late. Please refer to course-specific
syllabi for additional information.
*Dance Department Incomplete Policy
Although UWM has a policy stating that all Incomplete courses must be completed within a year
from the date of the grade posted online, the Dance MFA faculty strongly encourage all
incomplete courses to be completed within 6 months. All incomplete grades after a year will be
automatically turned into a PI. All students carrying more than one incomplete prior to the
summer enrollment will have their summer departmental and Graduate School Chancellor’s
Awards reduced.
Dance Department Retroactive Course Enrollment Policy
All coursework for courses taken for retroactive enrollment, with the exception of Dance 761,
must be completed during the period of attendance (no exceptions).
Studio Space
Studio space is available through the Dance Office via phone (414-229-2571) or in-person
(Mitchell 345 9-4 Mon-Fri). MFA students are permitted to reserve up to 8 hours per week,
recurring times recommended. All space users (choreographers, performers, technical staff,
observers, etc) are responsible for following studio guidelines during rehearsals. An audio/video
station is also available for our students in all studios with mp3 adaptors.
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
The MLA (Modern Language Association) style must be used for all papers and references used
during the Dance MFA degree. The best reference website for this style is hosted by Purdue
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The Dance Department’s full-time faculty consists of seven faculty members and 20-25 Academic
Teaching Staff. The primary graduate dance faculty consists of Simone Ferro and Luc Vanier, with
Daniel Burkholder, Maria Gillespie, Marcia Parsons, Darci Wutz, Ferne Bronson, and Elizabeth
Johnson supporting in specialized areas, during summer 2015. The graduate dance faculty
remains active professionally in the field of dance and theatre within and outside of the university,
thus maintaining an ongoing engagement in creative practice.
Additional faculty and guest artists
The summer program begins with a one-week intensive taught by guest faculty. Topics in past
years have included Dance for the Camera (Ellen Bromberg), Dance of the African Diaspora
(Ferne Caulker-Bronson), and Modern Dance Pedagogy (Jan Erkert). The six-week program
follows directly after the one-week intensive with a full practical and creative curriculum. Guest
artists are common, and Modern Technique and Improvisation guests have included Gerald Casel,
Sara Hook, Rebecca Holderness and Debra Loewen in the last three years. Recent Somatics and
Theory/Praxis guest artists have included Andrea Harris, Penelope Hanstein, Yoav Kaddar, Joseph
Gallo and Nora Chipaumire. Faculty and guest vitas are available online on the Dance
Department’s webpage. <>
Performance Opportunities and Policies
Dance MFA Thesis in Milwaukee
Students are required to submit a statement of interest to be considered for the following
summer. Dance MFA Faculty review submissions, and nominate 1-3 2nd year students for support,
which is then voted on by the Dance Faculty. Support can include:
• Production expenses (personnel, theatre, lighting/sound/technology)
• Travel/lodging
• Company member fees
• Videographer/photographer
• Marketing/printing expenses
Students submit statement of interest to the MFA Program Director. Upon receipt, Director will
ask students to submit proposals through 801, 802, 880 or 990 classes for producing on the UWM
campus during the month of July – a fully-produced concert in a proscenium or blackbox theatre.
Choreographers have the opportunity to audition UWM students and Milwaukee dancers during
the one-week intensive, for rehearsals and performance the following five weeks. Graduate
students may perform for their fellow students. Any performer cast may attend MFA
Ballet/Modern technique classes.
Students may receive repertoire credits (Dance 490 UG, Dance 790 G) by participating and/or
performing in any of the above events.
Course Descriptions
When applicable, it is noted when courses are offered and if there is an off-campus option for the
course. Many of the off-campus courses require submission of a formal proposal from the student
to the course instructor.
Courses that carry a variable range of credits use the following formula in determining the
number of credits: 48 hours of work per credit (formerly 12.5 contact hours, i.e. face-to-face
instruction time). So, for a three-credit course, students should expect to propose and work a
minimum of 144 hours, including readings, research, meetings, rehearsals, writing, etc.
Courses numbered 300 to 699 are Undergraduate/Graduate. Courses numbered 700 and above
are Graduate only.
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*indicates required course in MFA curriculum
^ indicates strongly suggested course in MFA curriculum
~indicates courses faculty recommend alternating for curriculum diversity
*403 Intermediate Yoga For Dancers. 2 cr. U/G. A continuation of Dance 103 (Introduction to Iyengar Yoga)
stressing the performance and integration of more advanced asanas. May be retaken for total of 6 cr.
Prereq: Dance 103 or cons instr
------------------------------------------------------------------*701 Dance Composition I. 3 cr. G. An investigation of resources for discovering and inventing movement
material, and for developing concepts and structures to give this material perceptual, emotional validity.
Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog; conc reg Dance 733(C)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*702 Dance Composition II. 3 cr. G. A continuation of Dance 701. Prereq: grad st; Dance 701(P), conc reg
Dance 734(C)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------~711 Theory and Techniques of Ballet: Intermediate. 2 cr. G. Technical study of classical ballet. May be
repeated twice for cr. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog
-----------------------------------------------------------------------~717 Theory and Techniques of Contemporary Concert Dance: Intermediate. 2 cr. G. An intensive course
designed to develop understanding of the major techniques of contemporary concert dance. May be repeated
twice for cr. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog
-----------------------------------------------------------------------~718 Theory and Techniques of Contemporary Concert Dance: Intermediate. 2 cr. G. A continuation of
Dance 717. May be repeated twice for cr. Prereq: grad st; Dance 717
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*721 Alexander Technique: Developmental Movement and Dance. 1-2 cr. G. A hands-on exploration of the
Alexander Technique and the Dart Procedures as they apply to advanced and professional dancers. Prereq:
grad st in Dance component of MFA prog or cons instr
-----------------------------------------------------------------------722 Alexander Technique Practicum. 1-2 cr. G. Continuation of Dance 721 focusing on a more in-depth study
and application of Alexander Technique for advanced dancers. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA
prog & Dance 721
-----------------------------------------------------------------------^723 Pilates Technique and Applications. 2 cr. G. Use of Pilates method to understand and articulate
essential concepts and theories of movement, and refine dance technique. May be retaken once. Prereq:
grad st in MFA Dance Program or cons instr.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*733 Improvisation. 2 cr. G. Techniques and structures for improvisation--the development of processes for
evolving movement material from an exploration of the dynamics of inter and intra-relationships, and
environment. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog & conc reg in Dance 701(C)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*734 Improvisation. 2 cr. G. A continuation of Dance 733. Prereq: grad st; Dance 733(P) & conc reg in
Dance 702(C)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------743 Dynamic Analysis of Movement I. 2 cr. G. Exploration of personal patterning and discovery of movement
sources at the body level. Incorporates material from bartenieff fundamentals, feldenkrais, and sweigard.
Prereq: grad st in dance component of mfa prog. Offered on-campus in the spring terms in conjunction with
the undergraduate Dance 241 course. Course may be taken off-campus with approval of graduate advisor.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------744 Dynamic Analysis of Movement II. 2cr. G.
A continuation of Dance 743. Advanced body level work, application of Bartenieff Fundamentals to dance
technique. Prereq: grad st & Dance 743(P).
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*751 Laban Movement Analysis. 3 cr. G. Theory and movement practice in effort/shape for use both in
performance and in choreography. Prereq: grad st in dance component of mfa prog. Course may be taken
on-campus in the one-week intensive. Course may be taken off-campus with approval of graduate advisor.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*761 Survey of Dance Literature and Bibliography. 3 cr. G. Lecture, research, and discussion of the major
dance reference works, and of dance research publications. Involves student proposed research project.
Dance 761 is offered on-campus every summer. The class generally meets 3 times over the summer term
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and work begun in the summer is completed and graded in the subsequent fall term. Prereq: grad st in
Dance component of MFA prog.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------762 Dance in Secondary Education and College. 3 cr. G. Methods and philosophy of teaching dance in the
secondary school. Theory and practice in solving problems arising in practical teaching situations.
Observation of dance lessons. Prereq: grad st & admis to MFA prog in Dance. Offered on-campus in the fall
terms in conjunction with Dance 362 or off-campus by proposal.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*772 American Concert Dance of the Twentieth Century. 3 cr. G. Graduate seminar in special topics of
American concert dance of the twentieth century. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA prog. Course
is offered on-line every spring term as an e-reserve readings course.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------790 Repertoire and Ensemble. 1-3 cr. G. Practicum in group performance in dance department productions,
touring groups, and performances related to the dance department. Includes original works from classical
and contemporary repertoire. May be repeated to max of 12 cr. Prereq: grad st in Dance component of MFA
program. Repertory opportunities are available on-campus in the summer terms. Course may be taken offcampus with approval of graduate advisor.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------799 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. G. Individual faculty and student will define the teaching/learning contract
for the semester and agree on the credit. Prereq: grad st. Course may be taken off-campus with approval of
graduate advisor.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*801 Choreography I. 3 cr. G. Creating fully mounted works; choreography, performance quality, lighting
decor, costumes. Cr determined by contract with chair prior to regis. Prereq: grad st in Dance choreography
track of MFA prog; Dance 701(P) & 702(P) or cons instr. Coursework may be completed on or off campus.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*802 Choreography II 3 cr. G. Creating fully mounted works of greater length and complexity. Prereq: grad
st in Dance Choreography track of MFA prog; Dance 701(P), 702(P), 801(P), or cons instr. Coursework may
be completed on or off-campus.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------861 Research Methodology for Dance. 3 cr. G.
Lecture, formulation of research proposal, research and write-up of a dance research problem. Prereq: grad
st & admis to dance component of mfa prog.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------^873 Field History: Contemporary Dance Festivals. 2-4 cr. G. Research, reading, attendance and
documentation on selected festivals/series events. May be repeated with permission to max of 9 cr. Prereq:
grad st in Dance component of MFA prog. Coursework may be completed on or off-campus.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------880 Developing Performance Quality. 1-3 cr. G. Studies in dynamics of specific choreographic concerns in resetting or coaching choreography.
Cr determined prior to regis. May be repeated for up to 6 cr. Prereq: grad st in MFA performance component
of dance prog; Dance 711 & 717 or cons instr. Coursework may be completed on or off-campus.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------888 Candidate for Degree. 0 cr. G. Available for graduate students who must meet minimum credit load
requirement. Fee for 1 cr will be assessed. Prereq: grad st.
------------------------------------------------------------------------889 Special Workshops. (Subtitled). 1-3 cr. G. Special short intensive workshops of 1-4 weeks during interterms or summer sessions presented by guest artists. May be retaken to 9 cr max. Prereq: grad st in MFA
component of dance prog or cons instr.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------*990 Dance Final Thesis/Project. 2-4 cr. G. Final demonstration and documentation of craft and artistry
mastered in program. Proposal must be approved by the graduate faculty. May be repeated to max of 8 cr.
Prereq: grad st. Coursework may be completed on or off-campus.
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Dance 990 Thesis Project Format and Procedure
Updated 6/24/15
Please note: If the Final Project is performed outside of UWM or on the UWM campus, the Dance
Department should be credited as follows: This project is guided by the UWM Department of
Dance Faculty in partial fulfillment of work towards an MFA in Performing Arts: Dance.
FINAL PROJECT: To register for Final Project/Thesis, the composition sequence, i.e.
IMPROVISATION I and II, COMPOSITION I and II, and CHOREOGRAPHY I (choreographic projects
within or outside of the Dance Department), must first be completed. (On a case-by-case basis,
the faculty may approve the simultaneous taking of COMPOSITION II and CHOREOGRAPHY II
and/or FINAL PROJECT). A Final Project may also be a non-performance project such as
developing new curriculum or a research paper.
Examples of Final Projects are available for review – coordinate with Dance Office or MFA Program
Director to arrange access.
Final Project Procedure
STEP 1: If you think that you are ready for your FINAL PROJECT please notify the Program Director during
the semester prior to your Thesis enrollment (Thesis enrollment can span two semesters). You will be
asked to identify one faculty member as your primary mentor/Thesis Chair for your Thesis project (and
schedule a live or video conference with this potential person). This faculty member will serve as your
primary advisor for your written and/or choreographic works.
STEP 2: At this time, you should be able to identify one or two additional members of the full-time faculty at
the Department of Dance to complete your Thesis Committee. The Thesis Chair, in conjunction with the
committee members, will be responsible for feedback related to your written work and your final
compilation. The MFA program grants you the option to have one off-campus committee member (minimum
three committee members). This person will not be allowed to serve as your Thesis Chair. He/She will need
to follow the Thesis rules and procedures established by the Department of Dance. In addition, this person
will need to agree to perform this work as a volunteer since there are no fees allocated to this function.
STEP 3: For both curricular and performance/choreography projects, you will write a formal Thesis proposal
and will send it electronically to the Dance MFA Program Director. Proposal deadlines for the semester of
enrollment are:
Fall: June 15 (prior to summer session start date)
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15
Your proposal should include:
1. Your name, course number, number of credits and semester(s) of enrollment on the top left side of
the page. Thesis Project Title centered on the page. It will be followed by your Thesis committee
members’ names and functions.
2. An Abstract of your proposed project with a maximum of 300 words. It should contain a succinct
description of your project, when and where it will be presented (if applicable) and your goals for this
3. A Project Description where you explain your motivations for this project and any research related
to the topic developed in your thesis. Make sure you situate the project within the greater scope of
the field and your prior coursework and research trajectory. Explain your modes of assessing your
goals and your ways of documenting them. If your project is curricular in nature, your project
description should contain all the programmatic information related to the topic.
4. Two Detailed Timelines* for development and completion.
a. Project Timeline: This timeline references the choreography, research or curriculum portion
of the thesis; should contain rehearsal, showing and performance dates, with production and
marketing deadlines if applicable. (This timeline may not be needed for a research or
curriculum thesis).
b. Thesis Timeline: This timeline references the academic portion of the thesis; should contain
all major deadlines and submission dates to your Thesis Chair/Committee, including writing
installments and video URL’s. Timeline must include a final date to send your final
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documentation to the Thesis Chair (no longer than one month after performance date for
choreographic thesis).
*Timelines can span two semesters of enrollment, and should specify clear outcomes for each
Budget (if applicable) where you will detail on a spreadsheet (excel format) all your income and
expenses (including grants).
A List of projected final binder contents (physical documentation) from Thesis project, including all
bibliographic, digital and web resources.
Any other supporting information regarding your project.
STEP 4: After review by Dance MFA Program Director, additional or missing information from the submitted
proposal may be required.
STEP 5: After approval by Dance MFA Program Director, student must send proposal to Thesis Chair for
review/feedback/approval (like step 4).
STEP 6: After approval by Thesis Chair, Thesis project work can begin. Student must send final approved
proposal to MFA Program Director and Thesis committee members.
STEP 7: Project/Thesis Timelines are followed – see Step 3, # 4a&b above.
STEP 8: BINDER CREATION AND SUBMISSION. For a performance/choreography project, the production
should be professionally videoed, photographed and documented in binder form. You will be asked to provide
the following in your portfolio:
1. A copy of your final Thesis proposal
2. A detailed written project overview
3. All the marketing materials and reviews (if applicable)
4. A DVD of your performance, or available online URLs
5. A final budget (if applicable)
6. A list of all your bibliographic, digital and web resources
7. Curricular projects must include your detailed written process overview, developed curriculum and
sample lesson plans
8. Binder should be mailed to one of the following addresses, depending on shipping method used:
a. FedEx/UPS/DHL: Thesis Chair Name, UWM Dance, Mitchell 345, 3203 N Downer Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53211
b. United States Postal Service (USPS): Thesis Chair Name, UWM Dance, PO Box 413,
Milwaukee, WI 53201
STEP 9: Thesis Committee reads your final documentation and will give you the necessary feedback. If
complementary information is needed, your Thesis Chair will inform you of the next course of action.
STEP 10: Thesis Presentation: At an agreed-upon time, the Thesis Committee will meet with MFA
Candidate, listen to 20-minute presentation from Candidate, followed by discussion (this will most likely
occur via video conference).
STEP 11: After submitting any required revisions following the presentation, your grade will be assigned by
the committee. Your binder is kept on file in the Graduate Dance Office.
Please note that as of December 2003, no grades for Master’s Thesis course (Dance
990) will appear on the official transcript. Credit for graduation is granted if a
satisfactory (S) grade is assigned, but the grade and credit are not reflected in any
Term, Cumulative GPA, or Credit totals.
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Campus Map and Virtual Tours can be found on the UWM website at the link below. The main
dance buildings are Mitchell Hall, Theatre Building (home of the Mainstage Theatre), Kenilworth
Square East and the Zelazo Center.
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION: Getting here and getting around
Mitchell Airport guide
General Mitchell International Airport is Wisconsin's largest airport. Its manageable size makes
getting to your flight as painless as possible in these hectic times, and transfers/connections are a
breeze compared to other airports. Distances between gates are easily walkable.
Directions: Mitchell International, 5300 S. Howell Ave., is only 15 minutes south of downtown
Milwaukee, one mile east of I-94. A freeway exit leads directly to the terminals. To reach the
airport from Chicago, take I-94 West to the airport exit. To reach the airport by phone, call 414747-5300.
Bus connections: Badger Coaches, Coach USA, Lamers, Megabus
Milwaukee Public Transit (serving Milwaukee County) 414-344-6711 –
Shuttle services (shared ride van – approx $15-20 one way):
GO RITEWAY Airport Connection / 414-769-2444 or 800-236-5450. Check-in booth is located at
baggage claim #3.
Taxi companies (generally $35-40 one way):
American United / 414-220-5000
Brew City / 414-442-2739
City Veteran / 414-291-8080
Yellow Cab / 414-271-1800
Amtrak also serves Mitchell Airport with a shuttle to the airport stop and service to the Amtrak
station in downtown Milwaukee or Chicago’s Union Station.
Once on campus
ID Cards
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The UWM student ID card, referred to as the Panther Card, is necessary to use many campus
facilities, including the library. The charge for the Panther Card is $10.00, with further
replacement charges.
Parking and Transit – Student Union Ground Floor
On-campus parking at UWM is very limited and can be expensive, but summer prices are
generally more reasonable. Most commuting students find one of several alternative methods
offered by UWM to be a hassle-free, money-saving answer to their transportation needs.
The U-Pass, together with a UWM student ID, allows students registered for at least 1 credit on
the main campus to ride any bus in the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) for free. You
can use your U-Pass for unlimited travel anywhere (not just to UWM). Many MCTS bus routes
provide frequent, fast, and direct bus service to UWM.
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U-Park features large satellite parking lots for commuting students. Frequent, non-stop shuttle
bus service runs to and from the campus from early morning until late evening.
Student escort and Transportation services. A campus organization not affiliated with Parking and
Transit, called Be On The Safe Side (BOSS), offers free shuttle and walking escort services for
UWM students on weekday evenings when classes are in session. Call 229-6503 for more
The Parking and Transit Office is also a bus ticket and pass sales outlet for MCTS and Wisconsin
Coach Lines.
Corey’s bike shop-used and new bikes and bike repair: 2410 N. Murray- 967-94446
Bikesmith- new and used bikes and bike repair: 2865 N. Murray 332-133
Summer and Guest On-Campus Housing:
Website: Phone 414-229-6588 Fax 414-229-5013
Email: [email protected]
Housing is available in three different University Housing sites during the summer intensives:
Purin Hall, Sandburg Halls East Tower and Kenilworth Square Apartments. Information on the
three sites (room size, building amenities, child age limitations, laundry/bedding service, etc) is
available at the website above, and all offer parking as well (rates vary). UWM Dance works with
Guest Housing directly to arrange to keep the MFA students housed together within each location;
each summer’s specific information, pricing and the contract to complete are emailed in April for
It may have been some time since you have had a housemate. We encourage Dance MFA
students to connect with each other to arrange suitemates prior to submitting a housing contract.
Please contact the Guest Housing directly with any questions regarding your housing options and
what is provided (and what you will need to provide).
For off-campus housing options contact:
Neighborhood Housing Office
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 229-6999
The Neighborhood Housing website lists vacant houses, flats, and apartments available for rent;
rented apartments with vacant bedroom(s); vacant subleases; and individuals who are looking for
roommates. Units listed are primarily within a three-mile radius of the UWM campus. Users can
add new listings via the Web site as well.
Neighborhood Relations
This site contains information about UWM neighborhoods, including listings of housing for rent
and sale.
Computer and Copy Center Information
University Information and Technology Services
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UITS offers a variety of computer facilities and services to assist you in coursework and research.
Please contact their Help Desk directly with any computer access questions you may have.
E-mail/Internet access
Every new UWM student is assigned an account in the UWM e-mail system, called an ePanther
account. The ePanther account provides you with a UWM e-mail address and disk space to
manage your e-mail and calendar via Office365. This account also allows you to set up a personal
Web page, store and share documents or videos on the online file server (OneDrive or
PantherFile), enroll in classes and pay tuition (PAWS), browse the internet wirelessly while on
campus (UWMWiFi or ProwlNet), and access the UWM Library catalog, amongst many other
things. The Office365 environment also includes Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Email Communication/Etiquette:
1. Always add “Dear” or “Hello” at the top of an email
2. Always end with your name at the bottom of your email
3. Use a subject matter that relates directly to your email’s content
4. Reply with the body of the previous email in your reply
5. Do not forward an email to a third party without first asking permission
6. Keep your emails on task and respond to each email separately
7. Learn to use IMAP on your mobile device
8. Use separate email for school, business and personal use
9. Resist the temptation to send an email loaded with emotional content
10. Design your preference to put your signature at the bottom of the reply and not below
your name
11. Do not expect ‘immediate’ responses. Give everyone at least one day to respond to your
12. If you are needing a response by a certain date write “DL June 6th 2014” in the subject line
13. If you are away for a period of time activate your ‘vacation’ auto-response
Campus Computer Labs
All Campus Computer Labs offer a wide variety of popular software as well as Internet access,
laser printers, and scanners. The Bolton CCL also houses the University and Information Services
(UITS) Walk-in Help Desk. Locations and hours may be found at the following website:
Additional services available from UITS include:
• Non-credit short courses on various topics (free or at a nominal charge).
• Consulting assistance on computer problems by phone, e-mail, or in person.
• Printed documentation.
• Discounts on computer and software purchases.
Most of these services are distributed from UITS’s Resource Center on the second floor of Bolton
Golda Meir Library
Named for alumna and former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, the library contains over 4.6
million cataloged items and serves the informational and research needs of the University. There
are over 1.1 million visitors each year and annual circulation approaches 500,000 transactions.
Most items are shelved on open stacks for maximum user access. The Golda Meir Library on-line
catalog provides access to library holdings at UWM and other universities and institutions. Users
can search the bibliographic databases from any station in the library, campus labs, via modem,
or the Internet. The library also offers copy machines.
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The online catalog workstations and library web page also offer access to electronic indexes and
publications, at no charge to the user. Fee-based reference assistance for databases not available
through the library's online connections is available. A growing number of course reserve
materials can be located through the online catalog, both in the library and with a Web
Outstanding research collections in the library are the Fromkin Memorial Collection on human
rights and social justice, the Shakespeare Research Collection, the Seventeenth Century Research
Collection, the Camus Bibliography Research Collection, and the Holweck and Slichter Civil War
The library is a member of the Library Council of Metropolitan Milwaukee (LCOMM) and is a
charter member of the Wisconsin Interlibrary Lending Service (WILS). Graduate students and
faculty may arrange to borrow items not held in the Golda Meir Library through the Interlibrary
Loan (ILL) office. ILL requests may be made electronically from the library Web site. Information
on specific library departments and services may be found at the Reference Desk and through the
library Web site.
UWM Music/Media Library
E-295 Golda Meir Library
Rebecca J. Littman, Head
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 414/229-5529 Fax: 414/229-5687
The Music/Media Library is open to all UWM students, staff, and faculty, as well as members of
the greater Milwaukee community. The Library holds nearly 60,000 circulating books and scores
and more than 60,000 sound recordings. All of the Library's holdings are cataloged in PantherCat,
the UWM Libraries' electronic catalog.
Library Instruction: The UWM Libraries has a training room with hands-on access to computers for
group instruction sessions. The Music Librarian is available for group and personal instruction
sessions on print and Internet resources in music. Non-music classes are welcome! Please contact
her at 229-5529 or [email protected] for further information.
Reserve Materials: Reserve materials in audio or score format are placed on reserve in the Music
Library. Books and copies of articles about music are placed on reserve, or e-reserve, through the
Libraries' Reserve Services Department on the First Floor, East Wing. The Music Library staff will
be happy to assist you with retrieval and processing of music materials for reserve use.
Digital delivery of audio reserves, through a combination of subscriptions to commercial services
and local digital preparation, is available for some courses. Please contact the Music Librarian for
more information.
Rebecca has created an online library guide specifically for Dance MFA students; please view it at:
Video cameras are also available for checkout from the Media Library, please see:
Alumni Association
Hefter Center
3271 N Lake Dr
414-229-4290, [email protected]
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The UWM Alumni Association is an organization of more than 100,000 graduates and former
students who support the University through their membership in the Association. The Alumni
Association sponsors programs such as scholarship and teaching excellence awards, student
recruitment, and career networking. It also advises and counsels on various University
committees. The Association provides a varied and diverse list of privileges for its members.
Where to work out and swim!
Klotsche Center (North of Norris Health Center)
The J. Martin Klotsche Center for Physical Education and Recreation provides modern facilities at
no cost to students for organized and open athletic activities. Areas for aquatic activities, running,
basketball, volleyball, handball/racquetball, weight lifting, and combative sports are available
from early morning through the evening. Your ID card is required for entry into the Klotsche
Union Outing Center
Union Ground Floor WG97
Formerly Panther Sport and Rental, the Union Outing Center rents and sells equipment, clothing,
shoes, and accessories for many outdoor recreational activities, including camping, snow sports,
canoeing, backpacking, biking, rollerblading, and more. Information on area camping, skiing, and
other facilities are also available.
Recreation Center
Union WB95
The "Rec Center" features pool tables, bowling, table tennis, and video games.
The Union First floor
The UWM Bookstore sells new and used textbooks, school supplies, UWM apparel and
merchandise, and other items. It also offers many services at its Information Desk, including
purchase of money orders, postage stamps, film, and special event tickets, as well as check
cashing, film processing, video tape rental, and typewriter rental.
UW Credit Union - Union first floor, West Atrium
Financial services at the UW Credit Union include checking and savings accounts, ATM cards,
direct deposit of paychecks, money market accounts, CDs, student and personal loans, credit
cards, Travelers Cheques, money orders, and more. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families
of members can join.
Accounts Receivable
Mitchell 295
The Accounts Receivable office administers loan funds and provides collection services. You can
get information about library fines, bill-to authorizations, special course fees, Perkins loans,
current semester tuition fees and fee-related charges, prior-year tuition, credit agreements, and
non-sufficient funds information.
Career Development Center
Mellencamp 128
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The Career Development Center provides comprehensive counseling and information services to
undergraduate and graduate students. Group workshops and seminars are offered for students
with specific concerns related to the job search.
Children's Center
2114 E. Kenwood Blvd.
The UWM Children's Center, operated through the Division of Student Affairs, provides high
quality child-care for the children of UWM students, faculty, and staff. Children from six weeks to
10 years old may attend the Center. An after-school and full-time summer program is available
for school-age children.
Nursing/Lactation Rooms on campus (closest is Union WG26)
On-campus Entertainment/Enrichment
Peck School of the Arts Box Office 229-4308
UWM Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA), Kenilworth Square East 229-5070
Union Art Gallery 229-6310
Union Theatre (cinema), Union second floor, 229-4070
Health Insurance
The Student Association makes available, by contract with an insurance company, group health
insurance for students who are attending UWM either part or full time.
Norris Student Health Center
The Norris Student Health Center has a multidisciplinary staff providing ambulatory medical and
mental health services to UWM students. Medical services are offered for most general medical
problems common to a student population. A Sports Medicine program evaluates and treats minor
orthopedic injuries. Basic gynecological services are available and include contraceptives. Mental
Health provides individual and group sessions for students with counseling needs.
Nursing appointments are available for a variety of conditions. Nurses perform allergy injections,
immunizations, and blood pressure checks. Health education and AIDS counseling and testing
also are available. For a minimal charge, the clinic pharmacy fills prescriptions written by health
center staff. Appointments are required for all services except urgent care mental health and
medical services. The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; and Friday, 9
a.m.-4:45 p.m. Please call for summer hours.
Dental Care: The health center may be able to give you advice in this area. Marquette University
in downtown Milwaukee has an excellent dental school: 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave, (414) 228-3703.
Legal Services
University Legal Clinic
Union E343
The University Legal Clinic offers free information and consultation to enrolled UWM students.
Services provided by paralegals and consulting attorneys include information to protect and
enforce your rights in matters relating to divorce, child custody, personal injury, criminal and
traffic offenses, landlord-tenant disputes, and more. On-staff attorneys can be retained at a
student discount rate through the LAWS (Lawyers Assisting Wisconsin Students) Program. The
ULC offers free Notary Public service to all UWM students. The clinic cannot provide counseling
over the phone.
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LGBT Resources
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center
Union WG89
The mission of the UWM Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center is to connect
with various student populations and the community at large by embracing the diversity of the
UWM student community; increasing awareness, education, and presence of LGBT issues on
campus; providing a resource for students and community members wanting to learn about and
advocate for LGBT issues; providing a safe space for all LGBT students and their allies at UWM to
give and receive social and emotional support; and fostering student leadership and personal,
academic, and professional growth through collaborations on and off campus.
The LGBT Resource Center, a student-led and -funded initiative, also has a library and as well as
mentoring and support programs.
Office of Equity, Access and Diversity
Mitchell Hall 359
The Office of Equity/Diversity Services (EDS) provides the essential services of promoting “Unity
In Diversity” among students, staff and faculty members at UW-Milwaukee. Our mission is to
effectively integrate equal opportunity and diversity into UWM’s institutional climate. UWM’s
policies provide equal opportunity in its admissions, employment, educational programs, and
activities without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, age,
disability, or veteran status. EDS is dedicated to preventing discrimination and guiding
institutional compliance with applicable federal and state laws. Through educational programs, the
investigation and resolution of complaints, and oversight activities, EDS fosters an environment
and culture that appreciate all members of the UWM community. For further information, please
consult the EDS webpage at
Post Office
Stamps are available in the Union Bookstore and from a vending machine located on the ground
floor of the Union. If you need to mail a package, the nearest full-service post office is on Capitol
Drive, just west of Oakland. FedEx Office located at Farwell and Brady, 7 blocks south of
Kenilworth Square Apartments.
A wide variety of religious beliefs are represented in the student organizations on campus and in
the campus ministries and other centers located near UWM. Contact the Student Organization
Advising and Resources (SOAR) office or check the yellow pages for more information.
Office of Student Life
Mellencamp 118
In accordance with the Clery Act of 1998, UWM collects and reports crime data, maintains a daily
crime log, issues timely warnings to the campus community of threats to safety and security, and
establishes certain safety and security policies. A security report is published annually and
distributed to current and prospective students and employees. For the UWM Crime Statistics
Annual Report and the Campus Security Policy, see, or call the Office of
Student Life for a paper copy.
Accessibility Resource Center
Mitchell 116
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229-4549 TTY
The Accessibility Resource Center, part of the Division of Academic Affairs, strives to create an
accessible university community that allows students with disabilities to realize their full potential.
ARC works with students, faculty, and staff to promote an increased awareness of the abilities of
all students, and to ensure they are regarded on the basis of ability, not disability.
Any UWM student with a disability restricting one or more of life's major activities who desires an
accommodation for a course, workshop, program, or activity should contact ARC. Students with
mobility, sensory, communication, mental, or learning differences - as well as basic health
impairments including temporary injuries - use the Center's services. Students are eligible for
ARC services if they are enrolled in the university and can provide documentation of their
Reasonable accommodations may include registration assistance, referrals and general advising,
note-taking, sign language and oral interpreting, auditory listening devices, taped textbooks,
mobility assistance, and exam accommodations. If you believe that the University has not
adequately accommodated your disability, you can contact the Office of Equity/Diversity Services
in Mitchell 359 or at 229-5923 for more information or to file a grievance.
UWM Bookstore
Union First Floor
The Bookstore sells new and used textbooks, as well as general books, school supplies, UWM
apparel and merchandise, and other items. Special textbook orders are available.
The Union
Union Events 229-5900
Union Information Desk 229-4825
By design and location, the UWM Union is the destination point for students on campus when they
are not in a classroom or in the library. The Union provides gathering and support facilities for
students who need a place to study, relax, socialize, dine, participate in recreational activities,
and generally spend time before, during, and after classes. This interaction represents the
multicultural climate of students and campus activity.
The UWM Union is a five-story complex, with a three-story concourse area, parking facilities,
elevators, and large multi-purpose rooms. In addition, the building houses the Union Art Gallery,
Multicultural Resource Center, Panther Sport & Rental Center, UWM Bookstore, Union
Cinema/Theatre, Recreation Center, Craft Centre, Student Resource Center, Copy Center,
Computer Center, 8th Note Coffee House, Parking and Transit office, the Women's Resource
Center, and the Union Information Center.
Services for the campus community include the UW Credit Union, located in the Atrium, and the
Capricio Hairstyling Salon and a bowling alley and games room in the Basement. The Union also
offers a variety of dining areas, including the Terrace, Cafeteria, Kenwood Inn, Gasthaus and
Atrium Food Court. The Union Station, on the ground floor, sells snacks and beverages.
Women's Resource Center
Union Terrace, SW corner
The WRC is a center where students can meet, network, organize, explore issues, read, and relax.
It is also a clearinghouse for woman-focused services, events, and opportunities on and off
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campus. The WRC provides information and referral, as well as individual and group services, to
support women students in identifying and eliminating barriers to academic, professional, and
personal goals. The WRC features free pamphlets, a lending library, discussion and support
groups, and many opportunities for female and male student involvement.
Area Information - Our Neighborhood
UWM is located in an attractive residential area just five blocks from Lake Michigan. It's an easy
walk to neighborhood shopping areas, or a quick bus ride to Milwaukee's downtown or the
Lakefront festival grounds. Here are the nearby shopping districts and their highlights:
• *Oakland Avenue - The western border of campus area extends from North Avenue to
Edgewood and has nearby eateries, groceries and coffee shops. Simone likes the Middle
Eastern restaurant Shaharazad at 2847 Oakland.
• *North Avenue – Is south of the campus and accessible by bus or bike. Places to visit
include Whole Foods, the Oriental Movie Theater and the natural foods store and
restaurant, Beans & Barley.
• *Downer Avenue – The eastern border of campus has several restaurants (check out Sala
on Hampshire and Downer for lunch) and a bookstore right across the street from campus;
farther south is the Downer Movie Theater, a bookstore, upscale grocery, bread store,
liquor store and a variety of shops.
• *Capitol Drive- About 10 blocks north of campus, Capitol Drive has a variety of small
stores and places to eat. The Post Office is just west of Oakland and if you keep traveling
west on Capitol across the river you will reach the Wal-Mart and the Outpost Natural Foods
• *Brady Street – A bit further south of North Avenue, you will find loads of restaurants,
Italian groceries and bakeries, clothing stores and more here.
Farmer’s Markets and specialty grocery stores
Farmer's Markets
Milwaukee has a crop of Farmer's Markets every summer. Nearby markets are listed below:
§ The East Side Open Market-On Kenilworth St. between North and Farwell.
§ East Town Farm Market-Cathedral Square Park, Kilbourn Ave. and Jefferson St.
§ Riverwest Gardeners' Market, Garden Park, Locust St. & Bremen St. (414) 263-1380 x13
Health food stores
Outpost Natural Food Cooperative - 100 E. Capitol (bus or bike), 963-2597
Beans and Barley - 1901 E. North Avenue (bus or bike) 278-7878
Whole Foods – 2305 N Prospect Ave (bus or bike), 223-1500
Ethnic Grocery Stores
Milwaukee, like most American towns, is a city of immigrants. There is a wide variety of ethnic
grocery stores catering to the diverse tastes of Milwaukee's ethnic communities.
From the delicious tamales and exotic produce at the El Rey grocery stores on the near south side
to the wide range of meats and cheese's at Glorioso's markets on Brady Street to the rices and
spices at the Indian markets along North Avenue, Milwaukee's got it all.
For more info:
Area coffee shops
With coffee's position as the beverage of choice of all ages these days, coffee shops and cafes
have proliferated in the Milwaukee area. Here is a little guide to some nearby ones.
Afterwords, 2710 N. Murray Ave., is nice little place in a gay & lesbian bookstore on a quiet east
side street. Although cramped, Afterwords is easy-going and relaxing.
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Colectivo, 2211 N. Prospect Ave. on the lakeshore and in Bayshore and Mayfair Malls, is the city's
premier coffee roasting company, with a café on Prospect Ave.
Roast, Inc, corner of Maryland and Locust Street. Also includes free internet access.
Grind, in the Student Union and the East Wing of the Library.
Nearest Thrift store
Value Village
324 W. North Ave
Cash only, Closed Sundays. Not huge, but good selection of new and vintage clothes organized by
type. Not much for knickknacks. Sales include half-price clothing.
Be sure to check out the numerous garage sales every weekend. Signs are posted on telephone
poles and such and notices are listed in the classified section of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Multiple locations of Goodwill and the Salvation Army are also available, depending on how far
you’re looking to travel. See their website for locations.
Alternative Health Options
Chiropractor: Ann Maedke
715 E. Locust ST. 263-7099
Acupuncture: Anne Kuhry
2941 S. Superior St. 483-1698
• Simone recommends Gypsi, 414-202-7525, located on the South Side of town.
• Luc recommends Mark Robers of Integrative Massage & Body Therapy at 827 North Cass
Street, 414-278-0440,
• Also
What’s going on?
The local free weekly newspapers the Shepherd Express and the Onion have listings for
entertainment and happenings around town. Both are available in local coffee shops and the
The Milwaukee Art Museum
The Milwaukee Art Museum is located on the Lake at Mason Street and is an easy bike ride from
campus. Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thursday, open until 8 p.m.
More Dance
Danceworks Performance Company, studio and Theatre1661 are located at 1661 N. Water Street
(easy bike ride or bus). The phone number is 277-8480 ( if you would like to
check out summer performances or classes.
Wild Space Dance Company is another local dance treasure. For information on classes and
performances contact 271-0307 (
Lynden Sculpture Garden frequently hosts dance performances during the summer intensives
( around its 50 outdoor sculptures on 40 acres. 2145 W Brown Deer
Rd, Milwaukee
The Lake!
Lake Michigan is so close to UWM that you can feel it (and unfortunately sometimes in the early
summer, smell it as well). The Lakefront is one long walking, biking, or rollerblading experience.
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On good days you can even go swimming! Landmarks on the Lake as you head south are the
Colectivo coffee shop at the bottom of LaFayette hill, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Summer
Festivals grounds on Wisconsin Avenue. Attractions include weekly ethnic festivals and
Summerfest, which is essentially a 10-day music festival (with lots of beer of course).
Oak Leaf Recreational Trail is the ‘Best Urban Bike Trail’ in 2012 and 2013 by the Best of
Milwaukee voters. This paved multi-use trail network runs from River Hills to South Milwaukee.
For full city bike maps:
11 days, 11 stages, supposedly the largest music festival on earth -
Fabric stores
None close - grab a friend with a car.
The closest mall is Bayshore. It’s a recently-renovated, not-too-huge kind of mall and accessible
by bus.
Mega stores
We’re not fans of Wal-Mart, but if you must, Wal-Mart is located on Capitol Drive and Holton. You
can take a bus or bike there (if you absolutely must…)
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Sample Self-Proposed Course Proposal courtesy of Kate Digby
Kate Digby
The Creation of Original Movement Theater: The “1848” Project with Erika Batdorf
Registering summer 2010-Theatre 699 (3 credits)
Professor Janet Lilly
My objectives for this TH699 course are to:
• Develop a physical theater-training regimen for the cast of 1848 with the goals of
conditioning, strengthening emotional/physical connections, and advancing
mind/body juggling skills
• Create original choreography using the Kinesthetic Transference method of sourcing
• Document aspects of Batdorf’s devising process, in particular how she translates
literal themes into choreography rich with metaphor
“1848”(working title) will premiere in Toronto’s Luminato Festival ( in June
2010. The diverse cast includes a dancer (me), an actor/drummer, a chanter/singer, a poet, and
an actress who is also an expert in global lamentation practice. Erika Batdorf and I will lead the
creation of the piece by eliciting and incorporating creative contributions from each cast member.
I will develop a training regimen for the cast which will introduce them to some of the principles
of Batdorf’s Kinesthetic Transference technique along with movement fundamentals. Batdorf will
supervise me in this teaching thereby deepening my understanding of the technique and
preparing us to co-author a book on Kinesthetic Transference.
Collaboration always cracks open my process and leads me to new investigations, and I am
particularly excited about this collaboration because Batdorf has a unique method for generating
movement material to suit a stated theme. The movement she creates is never redundant to the
spoken text; rather it adds layers of metaphor and meaning. It is this combination of clear
intention and layered abstraction that I aspire to develop in my own work. As I follow Batdorf’s
method for generating choreography and inhabiting my character throughout “1848”’s rehearsal
process, I will document and analyze the experience and results.
Contact Hours/Timeline/Submissions
October 12-18, 2009
30+ hours private rehearsal with Erika Batdorf
• Developing the through-line
• Storyboarding
• Exploring ideas for group choreography
• Improvising towards solo choreography for my character
December 14-18, 2009
40 hours full cast rehearsal in Toronto
• Exploring set/costumes in context of existing choreography
• Integrating the through lines of the three duets
• Improvising through the gaps
January 22, 2010
Submission #1
• Video of “wind in hair” choreography in development. This will also be submitted to
the director for her feedback.
• Outline of December rehearsal process/Analysis of Batdorf’s method of group
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If possible, I will also submit video of an improvisation from the 12/14-18 workshop
of the movement which precedes “wind in hair”. (This is tentative b/c the video is
currently held by the production company in Toronto, and I don’t full trust that they
will get me a copy in time for this deadline.)
Feb. 11, 2010
Submission #2
• Video of “wind in hair” stage 2
• Description of sourcing process for “wind in hair”, and my character’s solo
Feb. 13-21, 2010
Proposed trip to the Grotowski Work Center to perform excerpts from the play and co-teach the
Batdorf method of Kinesthetic Transference
April 1, 2010
Submission #3
• Outline for cast warm-up/training with philosophical/methodological annotation
May 1 – June 20, 2010
Seven weeks full time rehearsals and at least five performances of the work in the Luminato
July 2, 2010
Submission #4
• Performance video (or it may have to be dress rehearsal depending on restrictions)
• Reflections on training regimen/teaching
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Graduate Student Services Arts Specialist: Joan Hayes
Mitchell 261, 414-229-5840, [email protected]
Peck School of the Arts Dean: Scott Emmons (Theatre 290)
Dance MFA Program Director, Associate Professor: Luc Vanier
414-229-2773, [email protected]
Chair, Professor: Simone Ferro
414-229-4178, [email protected]
Dance Program Manager: Kayla Premeau
Dance Office, Mitchell Hall 345, 414-229-2571, [email protected]
Fax number: 414-229-3335
Professor: Ferne Bronson
[email protected]
Assistant Professor: Daniel Burkholder
[email protected]
Assistant Professor: Maria Gillespie
[email protected]
Senior Lecturer: Elizabeth Johnson
[email protected]
Professor: Marcia Parsons
414-229-5050, [email protected]
Associate Professor: Darci Brown Wutz
414-229-3058, [email protected]
Production Manager: Sarah Hamilton
[email protected]
Music Director: Tim Russell
[email protected]
Mailing Addresses
Post Office
Faculty Name
UWM Dance
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Faculty Name, UWM Dance
Mitchell Hall, Room 345
3203 N Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
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