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.


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 per semester. Culminating performances at each school, as well as two annual Danceworks Mad Hot Competitions held at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in downtown Milwaukee, cap off the program in January and May. The Competitions are free and open to the public! Families incur no cost for this program.




Check out some of the great press Danceworks Mad Hot has received.


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 Engagement Manager, at 414.277.8480 x6012, or via email.