Danceworks Mad Hot Competition

The Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition is on Saturday, May 19, 2018 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 5th and 6th grade students from more than 50 Milwaukee area schools.

 Presented by the BMO Harris Bradley Center


Competition 9:30am || Finals & Awards 12:30pm

Stop by anytime!

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 26,000 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!


Throughout the years, Weyco Group, Inc. has generously donated men’s dress shoes and 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.

Congratulations to our winners and to every student who participated in Danceworks Mad Hot!


Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom 2018 Competition Results:


Salsa –
First Place – MacDowell
Second Place – J.W. Riley School
Third Place – Brown Street


Tango –
First Place – Stuart
Second Place – ALBA
Third Place – Siefert Elementary


Swing –
First Place – Byron Kilbourn Elementary
Second Place – J.W. Riley
Third Place – Alcott


Overall Winner – J.W. Riley

Danceworks Mad Hot Tap 2018 Competition Results:


Latin –
First Place – Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL)
Second Place – Bruce Elementary
Third Place – Academia de Languaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA)


Funky –
First Place – Byron Kilbourn School
Second Place – Maryland Avenue Montessori School
Third Place – Bruce Elementary


Swing –
First Place – Byron Kilbourn School
Second Place – Kluge School
Third Place – Maryland Avenue Montessori School


Overall Winner – Bruce Elementary

Danceworks Mad Hot in the Media


  • 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 2016-17 Mad Hot Competitions: >Tap    >Ballroom

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

Photos: Jeff Zmania