What is a Danceworks Residency?

  • Are you looking to integrate dance into your K4-12 curriculum or after school programming?
  • Do you want to provide opportunities for expression, physical activity, and creativity at your community center or workplace?
  • Are you an employer seeking fun ways to reward and inspire your staff?

In 2016-17, Danceworks partnered with over 60 organizations including schools, adult day care facilities, community centers, non-profits and businesses, to design custom arts residencies of varying lengths with diverse goals. Danceworks residencies create an opportunity to integrate movement-based educational activities into our partners’ everyday routines, to expose students and clients to cultural styles of dance, and to get people moving and feeling good. Programming can connect to academic content areas, a theme, or be based on a specific style of dance/art.


Residency Highlights from 2016-17:

  • 8th graders at Keefe Avenue School explored the topic of Resiliency through Hip Hop dance for eight 90-minute sessions. They performed at their Graduation Ceremony to raucous applause.
  • A small group of elders meets on Mondays for an hour at St. John’s on the Lake retirement center for a therapeutic movement group.
  • St. Coletta of Wisconsin, a school for persons with developmental and other challenges, completed a 12-week tap residency and performed at a fundraiser for the school.
  • First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra rewarded students with creative movement workshops as a break from their routine.
  • Clarke Street School offered teachers ballroom classes as professional development.
  • Danceworks partnered with Cathedral Square Park Association to provide free youth classes on Saturdays and to draw crowds to the market.
  • Ms. Lind at Wauwatosa West High School added three weeks of Salsa dancing to enhance her Spanish classes.
  • Cass Street School supplemented their third grade curriculum with 16 weeks of African dance. They shared their dances at Open House.
  • Danceworks provided free salsa workshops for the Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center for women re-entering society; it was the first time they were allowed to touch after serving time and was a healing experience.

Want to bring a residency to your site? Contact Posy Knight, Community Engagement Manager, at 414.277.8480 x6012, or via email.