Dance

Phone: 715-346-3982
Email: dance@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/theatre-dance

715-346-3982
dance@uwsp.edu
www.uwsp.edu/theatre-dance

UW-Stevens Point Dance graduates at work

  • Thomas Jacobson ‘15The Big Muddy Dance Company, St. Louis (formerly Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago)
  • Sara Tan ‘10Professional Dancer, Belgium and France
  • Gerald Avery ‘08Professional Dancer, Broadway credits: Spiderman Turn Off the Dark, Motown the Musical, and Hamilton.

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Phone: 715-346-3982
Email: dance@uwsp.edu
Website: www.uwsp.edu/theatre-dance

Choose Dance at UW-Stevens Point

The dance program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point creates a dynamic culture in which students 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.  Frequently asked questions posed by students and parents about dance in higher education.  Preparing to Enter a University Dance Program.

The dance faculty works 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.  The UWSP Dance Curriculum can be found here.
 
Dance majors at UW-Stevens Point perform dance, choreograph dance, create multimedia work and present original research. 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. See where our graduates are working on our alumni map.

Career opportunities in Dance

Dance program graduates are pioneers in creating dance and theater companies, they perform with regional, national and international dance and theater companies, and screen their camera dances nationally and internationally. UW-Stevens Point alumni are entrepreneurs. They own and manage dance studios, become choreographers and artistic directors, and earn graduate degrees from respected programs worldwide.

Building your résumé

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 dance studios. You will also have opportunities to take classes, perform present research at American College Dance Association (ACDA), the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) conference and Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Outside the classroom

You will have many opportunities to broaden your experience. All students are welcome to join the UW-Stevens Point Players Student Artistic Alliance. Now in its 50th year, the organization coordinates events such as trips to see shows, workshops to broaden students’ knowledge of theater and dance, and forums, which are casual performance nights throughout the year. Players also helps organize the beginning-of-the-year Theatre and Dance orientation picnic and sells refreshments at show intermissions. Donations support future productions as well as the end-of-the-year banquet, a celebration and Department of Theatre and Dance award ceremony. The evening includes dinner, scholarships presentations, plenty of humor and a rollicking dance. Contact the Student Involvement and Employment Office to learn about other opportunities to become involved on campus.

Student support services

UW-Stevens Point’s great student-to-teacher ratio means that majors receive excellent guidance and mentoring that supports personal and academic success. Faculty members are accessible and happy to help majors get the most out of their educational experience. The entire department is considered a safe zone for members of the LGBT community and accommodations are available for people with disabilities. UW-Stevens Point also offers career planning and job search services through its Career Services office, linking education to the world of work for UW-Stevens Point students.