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agile and fluid bodies and minds in the movement arts


To study dance is to study the most fundamental aspects of being human: our capacity to move and be moved. With a blend of physical practice, theoretical inquiry, and creative activity, the dance program offers the opportunity to explore culture and community, self and others, through the aesthetic expression and knowledge of movement as a discipline and an art form.

The dance program at UW-Eau Claire is an open admissions program. All dance courses are open to the general population and all are encouraged to explore dance. The dance minor is a 24 credit hour course of study that includes studies in physical practice, theoretical inquiry, creative activity, and interdisciplinary studies in music, theatre, and kinesiology. All graduates of the program are also responsible to engage in a final creative research project in dance, synthesizing their studies in dance with a self-designed, capstone project in performance, choreography, and/or historical/theoretical research.

Students interested in dance have numerous performance and creative opportunities, with many of these opportunities open to the entire population, regardless of minor status. Dance Minors are strongly encouraged to participate in the main-stage performance and choreography opportunities and to participate in theatre and opera productions, as these are vital components of studying dance and are the primary way to share dance with the greater community. Many of the creative opportunities are credit generating and will fold into the student's track of studies. In addition, Dance Minors may decide to become involved in student/faculty collaborative research projects. The Eau Claire arts community offers a variety of avenues for dancers to teach, perform, and choreograph both on and off campus. The rich environment of this community provides a safe and nurturing environment for emerging artists.

Dance Contact:
Julie C. Fox
Assistant Professor of Dance
173 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-2183