Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap

Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap (MHBT) is an innovative educational dance program, providing desperately needed arts and physical education programming to underserved urban youth in low-income, central city schools.

Our 2015 MHBT program was an enormous success, serving 45 Milwaukee public and private schools and 2,200+ young people! Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap teaches life skills and increases physical activity and school engagement by integrating tap and ballroom dance into the regular school curriculum. MHBT’s primary goals are:

  • To improve students’ social and emotional skills.
  • To improve students’ respect for self and others.
  • To improve students’ attitudes toward physical activity.

See it in Action

How it Works
Danceworks MHBT runs February-May. Participating schools select one 4th or 5th grade classroom to participate in tap and one 5th or 6th grade classroom to participate in ballroom. Each classroom should average 30 students. Danceworks instructors provide one-hour dance classes twice per week for each style of dance over the course of 12 weeks—24 total hours of dance per classroom. Culminating performances at each school, as well as an annual Danceworks MHBT Competition held at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee, cap off the program in May. The Competition is free and open to the public!
 Families incur no cost for this program.

View the 2013-14
MHBT Program Report. 


Congratulations to our 2015 MHBT Competition Winners!

Questions about Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap? Contact Rachel Payden, Outreach Director, at 414.277.8480 x6012, or via email.

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