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.


Danceworks launched the 12th year of Mad Hot during the 2017-18 school year, with 46 schools participating in Mad Hot Tap. Over 50 Milwaukee area public and private schools are already signed up for the Mad Hot Ballroom Program, which began in February. Don’t miss our final competition event at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, May 19, 2018!


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Mad Hot’s Primary Goals:

  • To improve students’ self-confidence.
  • 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 





Danceworks Mad Hot is funded through charitable contributions from a variety of foundations, corporations and individuals including:

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