Dance

Pursue your passions

The mission of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts Dance Department is to provide all dance students with a comprehensive study of dance as an art form and a profession. Our curriculum includes:

  • Beginning to advanced study in modern, ballet, and jazz dance.
  • Workshops in tap, ethnic, musical theater, aerobics, composition, and improvisation.
  • Academic dance areas covered include anatomy, nutrition, injury prevention and treatment, dance history, and writing for the professional dancer.

See our Dance students
share their talents

From performances to gallery exhibitions, every MHSA student gets the chance to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community.

Dance Faculty




Dean Drews

drewsda@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7054

Courses: CREATIVE MOVEMENT 3, AEROBIC DANCE, DANCE MODULE 1-2, DANCE MODULE 7-8, DANCE MODULE 9-10, DANCE MODULE 11-12, THEATER DANCE 3

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Sandra Jordan

jordansk@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7051

Courses: CREATIVE MOVEMENT 2, DANCE MODULE 3-4, DANCE MODULE 5-6, AEROBIC DANCE

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Dance Courses

DANCE MODULE 1-2

Teacher: Drews

DANCE MODULE 3-4

Teacher: Jordan

DANCE MODULE 5-6

Teacher: Jordan

DANCE MODULE 7-8

Teacher: Drews

DANCE MODULE 9-10

Teacher: Drews

DANCE MODULE 11-12

Teacher: Drews

DANCE MODULE 1-2

Audition to be a Dance Student

Milwaukee High School of the Arts is an Early Admissions school. Our admissions process begins in October of the prior school year. 
Any student interested in enrolling must submit a written application, take a mandatory audition in one of the arts areas and submit their most recent report card, attendance records and state assessment results (most recent, from WKCE, Terra Nova or MAP).

To audition for the Dance area, a student must bring the following to the audition:

Resume: each auditioned must submit a resume at the time of the audition.

Dance Clothes: We highly recommend a leotard and tights for female students and biker shorts or tights and a tight T shirt for male students. If you don't have these available you may wear tight fitting exercise clothes that you can move in. No students will be allowed to audition in street clothes.

MHSA dance students attend physically demanding dance classes for two periods each day. If you have a preexisting physical condition like bad knees, chronic asthma, heart or back problems, you should seriously reconsider if dance is the right choice for you.

What happens at the actual audition?
During the audition students will complete a dance class which includes a ballet barre and a modern/jazz center combination. They are observed by the Dance department faculty and evaluated on natural ability, movement potential and previous training.

Learn more & schedule your audition

Now accepting applications for our Spring Auditions

The final audition date is February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm with a 5:30 pm check-in

To Start Your Application