Amanda Kolsch, Dance

Amanda Kolsch
(Photo: Megan Brown)

Where are you from, and what brought you to UW–Madison?
I am from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. As a Wisconsin native and first-generation college student, I was brought to UW because I was thrilled to go to a big state school and have the college experience I was searching for.

What is your major, and how did you choose your major?
I am graduating with a bachelor of science in dance and a certificate in Pilates. I have been dancing since the age of three and knew that I could never picture myself doing anything else.

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?
Getting to be a part of the Dance Department community. Lathrop Hall is full of some of the most welcoming, motivating, and creative people who have deeply defined my personal growth and UW experience.

What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?
The professors that had the greatest impact on me were Collette Stewart and Andrea Harris. They both always encouraged me to pursue all of my creative ventures (while mentoring me through them) and to use my voice for what I believed in.

"Lathrop Hall is full of some of the most welcoming, motivating, and creative people who have deeply defined my personal growth and UW experience."

Amanda Kolsch
(Photo: Caitriona Quirk)

What advice would you give to incoming students?
My advice is to study what you want. These are going to be some of the most important years of your life, and you want to spend them doing something you love.

How will you celebrate your graduation?
I will celebrate by attending the graduation ceremony in Camp Randall with my fellow graduating dance majors as well as celebrating with my parents, sister, and roommates afterwards in true Wisconsin fashion.

What are your plans for the future?
After graduation, I will be moving to New York to work remotely as the social media manager for Studio Dansu as well as continuing my passion for teaching dance and choreography.

You’re a UW–Madison expert now, so we must ask: Where’s the best place to eat on campus?
Short Stack Eatery. Aside from their accepting atmosphere and social justice passion, there is never a wrong time for pancakes or a breakfast burrito (my personal favorite).

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