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Course Policies

​Spring 2020

Absence Policy for All Studio Classes

This policy applies to all studio classes offered in the Dance Department.

This policy is not meant to be punitive, but rather has been established to protect the student.

Dance classes are cumulative studio/laboratory experiences in which both mental and physical skills are developed. Missed classes and tardiness can lead to injury.

For many studio classes, missed information can never be made up and make-up is therefore, at the discretion of the instructor. If too many classes are missed, it will be impossible to keep up with the rest of the class.

We recommend that you check with your instructor if you have any questions about your attendance record.

If a course meets 3 times a week:
  • 3 absences will not affect your grade
  • 4-7 absences are at the instructor’s discretion
  • 8 absences is a failed grade

If a course meets 2 times a week:

  • 2 absences will not affect your grade
  • 3-5 absences are at the instructor’s discretion
  • 6 absences is a failed grade
If a course meets 1 time a week:
  • 1 absence will not affect your grade
  • 2-3 absences are at the instructor’s discretion
  • 4 absences is a failed grade


Concert Attendance

All students enrolled in a Dance Department course must attend ​​​BOTH of the two dance concerts (see below) presented during the semester. Students are expected to purchase tickets to these concerts. Tickets are available at the Campus Arts Box Office, online or by calling 608.265.2787. Tickets will be on sale approximately one month before the concert opens. 

Students must document their attendance at each concert in accordance with their instructor’s guidelines for each course in the Dance Department. This requirement entails the expectation that students will be in attendance for the entire concert. Activities such as purchasing a ticket without attending the concert​, obtaining a program without attending the concert, attending part of the concert and leaving early, or any other attempts to evade this requirement violate “the core values of academic integrity which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility,” and may result in sanctions for academic misconduct. For more information see UW-Madison's pages on academic integrity and the consequences of academic misconduct​.


Faculty Concert 2020

Feb 6-8 & 13-15, 2020
Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall
Thu Feb 6 & Fri Feb 7 @ 8pm
Sat Feb 8 @ 2:30 pm
Thu Feb 13 & Fri Feb 14 @ 8pm
Sat Feb 15 @ 2:30 pm
Tickets: $22 general public/$16 students/seniors

H'Doubler Concert 

April 17-18, 2020
Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall
Fri Apr 17 @ 8pm
Sat Apr 18 @ 2:30pm & 8pm
Tickets: $18 general public/$10 students/seniors

Friday Forum Attendance

Students enrolled in major classes* (see below) must attend at least ​​3 of the 6 Friday Forums listed below. Unless otherwise noted, Dance Department Friday Forums are at 3:30 p.m. in the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall.  Students must swipe their IDs to record attendance at Friday Forums. Free and open to the public.

Spring 2020 Friday Forums

JAN 24 Guest Artist Sean Curran
JAN 31 Dance Movement Therapy Certificate
FEB 28 Moonshine
MAR 27 Senior Honors Presentation: Julianna Hom
APR 3 Senior Honors Presentation: Megan Schimke
APR 24 Elective Showing

*Major classes include:  Contemporary 111, 112, 211, 212, 311, 312, 411, 412; Ballet 125, 126, 225, 226, 325; Improv 156; Somatics 131; Intro to Movement Analysis 157; Dance Production 140, Dance Production Lab 240; Dance 162 First Year Workshop; Writing Dance 200; Dance History 265, 365; Music 111 or Music 151; Music Fundamentals for Dancers 241; Movement Composition 255, 355, 455; Dance Pedagogy Courses 371-374; Sound Design 341; Video Design 345; Practicum in Dance Therapy 431; Senior Seminar 462; Senior Project 463. If you are unsure whether your class is considered a majors class, check with your instructor.

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