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Haven't had a chance to drop in to try a free class during TRY IT WEEK yet? No worries! You still have three more days of classes to choose from. Check out the schedule and we hope to see you soon!
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Why should you audition for Danceworks Youth Performance Company this Saturday?

"[Through DYPC], I have learned to never underestimate teens. I can give these dancers any material and they will work through it and ultimately bring a freshness to the work. When invited to join in on the choreography, they create work with more depth than I once thought possible. These dancers are always ready to learn something new and push the boundaries of their current movement vocabulary. In performance, I am always impressed by what they bring to the table; they demonstrate such joy and commitment on stage, as well as a visible respect and love for each other that has been built inside the studio and out."

- Gina Laurenzi, Artistic Manager of DYPC
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All Kids Deserve an Arts Education

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

 

My path crosses with artists every day who are dedicated to helping students have a successful experience in the classroom. Danceworks teaching artist–actress, singer, dancer–Haley Haupt has been covering some territory lately.

 

Haley with MPS student

 

When Haley stopped by Danceworks to pick up her teaching schedule, I found out she had just returned from teaching for MPS–Mumbai Public Schools! That was great to hear because we happened to have a School Day Off Workshop coming up with a theme on India. Haley paid our students a visit.

 

Haley sharing stories about India with Danceworks School Day Off students

 

You can imagine the fun as our students learned about students from “MPS” in another part of the world. They also experienced some traditional Indian attire.

 

 

Haley takes her ability to connect with young people into our MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) where she is currently an assistant in Danceworks Mad Hot.

 

Haley assisting a Mad Hot student

 

It takes patience, persistence and perseverance to be a good teacher and makes all the difference in a student’s life. All students deserve a well-rounded, healthy, creative education.

 

Sometimes a student needs special encouragement

 

We know that many students have difficulty focusing. If there is anyone who empathizes with kids who can’t sit still, it’s dancers.

 

Students begin to connect to classmates they wouldn’t otherwise, they gain confidence, and those who didn’t participate in class discussions previously often begin to raise their hands.

 

Kids are kids, wherever they are.

 

Dance provides foundational classroom team-building opportunities across the world. Kids are kids.

 

 

Great teachers are the world’s great gifts and a source of inspiration for far more than they will ever realize. Their impact goes on and on and on. Thank you Haley, for all your inspiration from Milwaukee to Mumbai!

 

And YOU can come experience some great teaching and a taste of India right here at Danceworks. Discover how fun a Bollywood dance class is, Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:15 through April 25!

 

Thanks for the visit! Hope to see you soon–

Deb Farris