Danceworks Mad Hot Competition

Photo: Jeff Zmania

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 Danceworks 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


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!

2016-17 is the first 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.

  • 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.