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Department of Theatre and Dance Dance Degree

Major, Minor

ARTISTIC EXPERIMENTATION AND CONTEMPORARY INQUIRY

The dance degree at the UW-Stevens Point aspires to create a dynamic culture in which students are inspired to achieve full physical expression, technical and stylistic range, and anatomical efficiency. We are dedicated to culturally relevant and historically grounded work, preparing students to communicate, contribute and lead as global citizen artists. 

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WHY STUDY DANCE AT UW-STEVENS POINT?

At UW-Stevens Point you will have opportunities each year to perform in a variety of venues including Jenkins Theatre, our black box Studio Theatre and state-of-the-art spacious dance studios. Yearly performance opportunities include Afterimages, Danstage, Musical Theatre Productions and Master Classes with visiting artists.

Dance Mission

UWSP’s Dance Program aspires to create a dynamic culture in which students are inspired to achieve full physical expression, technical and stylistic range, and anatomical efficiency. We are dedicated to artistic experimentation and contemporary inquiry that is culturally relevant and historically grounded, preparing students to communicate, contribute and lead as global citizen artists.
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Internship Opportunities

Internships in various arts capacities are also available. There are many opportunities to perform outside in the community including: summer ensembles, summer music venues, area civic and professional performing groups.

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS

Players is a UWSP student organization seeking to provide a place for students to foster their creativity in not only theatre but writing, dance, poetry, and more!
Alumni Map

Alumni Map

​Whether you are a recent graduate or a longtime alum, you can make an important difference for today’s students in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. By volunteering to share your story, your network, your career advice, and your successes, you can help guide students through the start of their professional lives as they discover their purpose. You are a vital part of our Pointer family and we look forward to hearing from you! If you’d like to add your info to our interactive alumni map, click on the alumni button. If you would like to be more involve, join the COFAC Point-to-Point Connections Program.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

Students have opportunities to take classes, perform or present research with:

In addition, UW-Stevens Point has joined with Balanced Body Pilates to become an authorized training center, and offers the most well-known and innovative Pilates Teacher Training curriculum internationally, giving our students the tools required to begin a successful career as Pilates professionals. The integrated study of dance and Pilates provides additional learning opportunities that are stimulating, personal and rooted in the art and science of movement.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Admission to all Theatre and Dance programs (with the exception of Arts Management) is by audition/interview only. The Department of Theatre & Dance partners with Acceptd so you can view application, audition and interview detail, submit your application and materials online, and schedule the location and date of your audition/interview. 

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MEET YOUR FACULTY AND STAFF

UW-Stevens Point dance faculty work with students to re-evaluate technique and explore new approaches to training at a high level. This re-evaluation includes training with optimal anatomical alignment that supports injury-free dancing. Students also develop the ability to work as a part of an ensemble, the ability to work openly and honestly with other dancers, the ability to be flexible in the artistic process with choreographers, directors, rehearsal assistants, and the ability to collaborate successfully with other artists and technicians.
Michael Estanich

Michael Estanich

  • Department Chair – Theatre and Dance
  • Professor – Dance
  • Program Coordinator BA Dance
715-346-2500
Jeannie Hill

Jeannie Hill

  • Professor – Dance
Sarah Olson

Sarah Olson

  • Assistant Professor – Dance

ACCREDITATION

National Association of Schools of Dance

The College of Fine Arts and Communication at UW-Stevens Point is accredited by these professional associations: National Association of Schools of Dance. UW-Stevens Point in the only college in the state to hold national accreditation in all of its arts programs: Art and Design, Dance, Interior Architecture, Music, and Theatre, placing it in the top 7% in the nation.

School of Performing Arts

Department of Theatre & Dance

UW-Stevens Point offers five theatre and dance degree tracks, including three highly competitive conservatory-styled BFA programs in Musical Theatre, Acting and Design & Technology. In addition, we offer two liberal arts degrees: the BA Dance major and minor, with coursework in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and theoretical studies, and the BA Drama major, which allows students to study multiple focused areas such as playwriting, dramaturgy, directing, design, and acting. These excellent academic and production programs have established UW-Stevens Point as a primary undergraduate center in Wisconsin for students interested in the performing arts.