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Explore the dance certificate at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's dance certificate aims to cultivate agile, fluid bodies — and minds — in the movement arts. It is an open admission program, meaning all dance courses are open to all students and anyone can explore dance.

Curriculum throughout the program includes physical practice, theoretical inquiry, creative activity and interdisciplinary studies in music, theatre and kinesiology. Flexible certificate requirements allow you to study the topics and dance styles that most interest you, from ballet to modern dance to jazz to tap. And thanks to the university's partnership with the state-of-the-art Pablo Center at the Confluence in downtown Eau Claire, dancers have the unique opportunity to perform in a new, professional space.

The program focuses heavily on studio dance experiences that will prepare graduates for a variety of careers in dance and performing arts. Whether your hope is to be a professional choreographer, performer or teacher, perform on a cruise ship, start up your own studio or just perfect your craft, our expert faculty are here to support you and help get you to where you want to go.

Expression, exploration, collaboration

At the intersection of the mind and the body, you'll find dance. And when you take a dance class at UWEC, you'll quickly discover that it's so much more than you could ever imagine.

Here, our dancers are from a variety of majors and disciplines, each bringing a new perspective and background to the classroom. And because the program is housed within the music and theatre arts department, students have direct access to dozens of unique performance and learning opportunities you won't find elsewhere, including plays, a cabaret show and opera performances.

These experiences create dancers that are not only talented but also extremely versatile, well-rounded and ready for wherever the music takes them. 

Why dance at UW-Eau Claire?

Customized curriculum. The majority of classes that make up the dance certificate are chosen by you, allowing you to study the areas of dance you are most passionate about. Explore courses in ballet, jazz, tap dance, modern dance, acting, stage movement, global music traditions and more. Dance certificate students are also invited to become involved in student-faculty collaborative research projects, which can greatly benefit your studies at UWEC. 

Countless opportunities to perform. Students interested in dance have numerous performance and creative opportunities and are strongly encouraged to participate in the main-stage performance and choreography opportunities as well as theatre and opera productions. 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 your track of studies.

An arts-focused community. The greater Eau Claire community is rooted in celebrating the arts, including music, theatre and dance. While pursuing your certificate, you'll find a variety of avenues to teach, perform and choreograph — both on and off campus. This rich environment provides a safe and nurturing community for emerging artists.

Dance certificate curriculum

The curriculum for UW-Eau Claire's dance certificate will encourage you to examine dance as a creative art form within its cultural, historical and theoretical context. Through active participation in your classes, you will increase your movement ability, musicality and accuracy; demonstrate basic dance technique in more than one genre of dance; create and perform original work as well as interpret the work of others; and develop a vocabulary for discussing dance history, performances and choreography.

What classes do dance students take?

Your classes may cover topics like: 

Learn more about the dance certificate in the UWEC catalog.

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Department information

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Music and Theatre Arts

Haas Fine Arts Center 156
121 Water Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
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