Photograph of west side of Lathrop Hall in the spring

About

Mission

The Dance Department creates, investigates, and practices dance as a dynamic and integrative process of self-awareness, interdisciplinary learning, and engagement with local and global communities. Through teaching, performance, and scholarly research, we illuminate those aspects of self and culture that are uniquely manifested in human movement. Our students are challenged to navigate risks, think critically, and live creatively.

Land Acknowledgement
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department acknowledges that we occupy the ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from Wisconsin. We commemorate the resiliency of the Ho-Chunk and the other eleven First Nations of Wisconsin. Today, we respect their inherent sovereignty and we celebrate their traditions, their heritage and the culture that thrived long before our arrival. This history of colonization informs our shared future of collaboration and innovation.