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We're so lucky to have supporters like Bob Balderson at Danceworks. Along with being a donor, he volunteers at Danceworks Mad Hot, attends class and performances regularly, and even performs himself - check out this photo of Bob and Lamont performing at last weekend's DanceLAB: Danceworks On Tap's 'Tapology'! Let's give Bob a hand, Milwaukee! ... See MoreSee Less

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This #NationalNonprofitDay, we want to give a shout out to all of the amazing nonprofits working to make our beloved Milwaukee a better place to live, work and play!

You may know Danceworks for our dance studio or performance company, but did you know we're also a nonprofit organization? The arts are a vital component of enhancing Milwaukee's joy, health and creativity. Learn more about all that we do at danceworksmke.org/about/mission.
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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