Denise Carlson-Gardner

Denise Carlson-Gardner

Associate Teaching Professor

TH 176


BSW, BFA in Dance 


Denise serves as head of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Dance program and Artistic Director of DanceWorks, A Concert of Dance.  She is a master teacher in the areas of jazz, tap and musical theatre dance specializing in the Giordano Jazz Dance Technique.  Denise is certified from the Laban/Barteneiff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC and London, England.  She is also a member of the American Jazz Dance World Congress, National Dance Association, National Dance Educators of America, and held the position of Dance Magazine’s National Dance Week regional director.  Denise has given master classes at the American College Theatre Festival and the American College Dance Festival with original choreography chosen to participate in regional ACDF festivals. 


University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Outstanding Advisor Award, UWGB Dance Team Coach/Choreographer
American College Dance Festival – 1995 Choreography Piece “Underground”
American College Theatre Festival – 2003 A Christmas Schooner, Choreographer
American College Theatre Festival – 2013 Avenue Q, Choreographer
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society


Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC and London, Englund
American Jazz Dance World Congress, Inaugural Participation Certification
A Mind At A Time/Schools Attuned Training and Certification


National Dance Association
National Dance Educators of America
American College Dance Association
American Jazz Dance World Congress
American Jazz Dance World Congress, Dance Studio Licensing Committee
Dance Magazine’s National Dance Week, Regional Director
Chi Omega Sorority

Classes Taught

Jazz I, II, III
Tap I, II, III
Modern Dance
American Musical Theatre Dance
Period Dance Styles
Dance History
Hip Hop Culture.