Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom & Tap

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, students from 45 participating schools performed in front of an audience of thousands of friends, family and community members, sharing the new Salsa, Tango, and Swing dance steps they learned over the course of the Mad Hot program. The experience for the young people to perform on the floor of the BMO Harris Bradley Center is immeasurable!
Presented by the BMO Harris Bradley Center

Mad Hot Ballroom 2017 Results!

Photo: Jeff Zmania

Danceworks Mad Hot Program is an innovative educational dance program, providing desperately needed arts and physical education programming to underserved urban youth in low-income, central city schools.

Our Spring 2017 Mad Hot program served 45 Milwaukee-area public and private schools and nearly 1,500 young people! Mad Hot teaches life skills and increases physical activity and school engagement by integrating tap and ballroom dance into the regular school curriculum. Mad Hot’s primary goals are:

  • To improve students’ social and emotional skills.
  • To improve students’ respect for self and others.
  • To improve students’ attitudes toward physical activity.

See it in Action

How it Works
Danceworks Mad Hot runs September-May. Participating schools select one 4th or 5th grade classroom to participate in tap and one 5th or 6th grade classroom to participate in ballroom. Each classroom should average 30 students. Danceworks instructors provide one-hour dance classes twice per week for each style of dance over the course of 11 weeks—22 total hours of dance per classroom. Culminating performances at each school, as well as an annual Danceworks Mad Hot Competition held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee, cap off the program in December and May. The Competitions are free and open to the public! Families incur no cost for this program.


View the 2015-16
MHBT Program Report. 


Questions about Mad Hot? Contact Posy Knight, Director of Community Engagement, at 414.277.8480 x6012, or via email.