Danceworks Mad Hot Competition

The Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition is on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and is an incredible celebration of Milwaukee’s youth! Completely free and open to the public, you are welcome to join us as we cheer on over 1,000 4th and 5th grade students from 46 Milwaukee area schools. Want to get up close and personal with these amazing tappers? Find out how to volunteer below!

 Presented by the BMO Harris Bradley Center



Mad Hot Tap Competition Volunteers Needed

Every year hundreds of volunteers help us greet audiences and keep thousands of excited kids organized at the Danceworks Mad Hot Tap and Ballroom competitions. If you want to experience the energy, excitement and emotion behind the scenes at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, sign up as a volunteer!


Most volunteers are needed from 11:30am – 4:30pm on Thursday, January 25th, 2018 and will receive a limited edition t-shirt, two free Danceworks class cards, free parking and refreshments. Partial volunteer shifts are also available.


Please email Development & Volunteer Coordinator Maggie Seer to sign up or to get more information. Teams welcome!

2017-18 is the second year that this transformative program is being offered for the full school year, with students participating in tap in the Fall and ballroom in the Spring. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over 21,000 city youth have been positively impacted by the joy, health and creativity Danceworks brings to our city through Mad Hot.


We are especially grateful to the Danceworks Mad Hot Competition’s partners. Year after year, the BMO Harris Bradley Center provides financial and logistical support to make the competition possible. Their assistance and expertise is vital to organizing and making the competition run smoothly—creating a very special day for the participants. What’s more, the BMO Harris Bradley Center gives all of this to Danceworks free of charge!


In previous years, Weyco Group, Inc. generously donated 300 pairs of men’s dress shoes and 54 ties for our male ballroom students. During the last month of lessons leading up to the competition, we distributed the shoes and ties to students in need. Students proudly wore their shoes and ties on competition day. For students unable to afford competition clothing, this donation has made a big difference.

Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom 2017 Competition Results:

Salsa –
First Place – Milwaukee College Prep 38th Street (Staton)
Second Place – Byron Kilbourn Elementary
Third Place – Wisconsin Center for Lifelong Learning

Tango –
First Place – J.W. Riley School
Second Place – Golda Meir
Third Place – Milwaukee French Immersion

Swing –
First Place – Byron Kilbourn Elementary
Second Place – Siefert Elementary
Third Place – Milwaukee Parkside

Overall Winner – Byron Kilbourn Elementary


Congratulations to our winners and to every student that participated in the Mad Hot Ballroom Program!

  • Check us out on Fox 6 Wake Up here! (December 16, 2016).
  • Visit our YouTube channel to view clips of Danceworks Mad Hot in action.
  • Watch the Channel 10 Adelante segment on Danceworks Mad Hot here.
  • Visit our Facebook Galleries to view photos from the 2016 Mad Hot Competitions: >Tap    >Ballroom

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