Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom & Tap

Danceworks Mad Hot is an innovative educational dance program, providing arts and physical education to youth in Milwaukee-area 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:

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

Photo: Jeff Zmania

How the Program 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.




See Mad Hot in Action

View the 2015-16 Danceworks
Mad Hot Program Report. 




Questions about Danceworks Mad Hot? Contact Posy Knight, Community Programs Manager, at 414.277.8480 x6012, or via email.