Things Are Brewing in the DanceLAB


Danceworks DanceLAB is an experimental performance initiative dedicated to pushing artists and audiences to expand their thinking about dance as an art form.


The focus is on collaboration, fusion of forms and current trends in the field; many events include educational components to encourage artist-to-audience dialogue and participation. Danceworks DanceLAB honors and nurtures the development of new works by dance artists by offering year-round opportunities in the form of performances, internships, mentorships, space access and advocacy for artists serving the Milwaukee community. We stay on the lookout for talented emerging or established dance artists.

Call for Proposals: Get It Out There!

Do you have work that you want to get out there?  Would you like to get feedback on it? What about meeting other artists in hopes of collaborating? GET IT OUT THERE is a concert featuring new work created by Milwaukee performing artists from various disciplines. Selected artists will showcase their work on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Danceworks Studio Theatre. Danceworks provides production support including sound and minimal light design. This performance is presented through the DanceLAB concert series. Photo by Kym McDaniel

Interested artists are required to submit written proposals and biographical information to Danceworks on or before Monday, November 19, 2018, using the attached proposal form.


Download Proposal Form

Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience

ran July 28-29, 2018
at the Danceworks Studio Theatre

Ignite continued to blow up the Danceworks Studio Theatre with the area’s best and most exciting hip hop crews for the 6th year in a row! These high energy performances are a DanceLAB favorite. Presented by an Anonymous Community Donor


>View the Ignite playbill

>View Ignite photo album


DanceLAB Teen

ran August 4, 2018
at the Danceworks Studio Theatre

This concert featured original work from members of our own Danceworks Youth Performance Company as well as work developed by dancers from our upper level technique classes. DYPC Artistic Manager and Danceworks Performance Company member Gina Laurenzi will work in collaboration with instructor Julia Edwards and the dancers to create new choreography and structured improvisations on a theme.


>View the DanceLAB Teen playbill

>View DanceLAB Teen photo album

Danceworks On Tap: Tapology

ran August 11-12, 2018
at the Danceworks Studio Theatre

Danceworks On Tap explored the unTAPPED potential of combining the complexity of tap dance with the complexity of science as they unveiled that imagination is the starting point for both artistic and scientific creations. Presented by Jane Lewis & Mickey Maier. Sponsored in part by Bob Balderson, the Pam Kriger Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation and Constance Brinkman.


> View the Danceworks On Tap: Tapology playbill 

> View Danceworks On Tap: Tapology photo album

Get It Out There

ran September 15
at the Danceworks Studio Theatre

Get It Out There presented the hottest new work in our community created by area performing artists from a variety of disciplines. Immediately following each performance, audience members were invited to stick around to mingle and share feedback with artists.


> View the Get It Out There playbill

> Get to know the choreographers by reading their bios

> View the Get It Out There photo album (coming soon!)

Movement Media Lab

ran September 28-29, 2018
at the Danceworks Studio Theatre

Local film and video artists showcased dance and movement-focused media projects in a variety of genres, including experimental, narrative, documentary and animation. The Movement Media Lab invites a process-based approach to analyzing and translating choreography/movement to the screen. The lab also looked at the relationship to the body in a 2D format, and highlighting movement through editing.


> View the Movement Media Lab playbill

> View the Movement Media Lab photo album (coming soon!)

Questions? Visit our FAQ page or contact Dani Kuepper, Artistic Director, at 414.277.8480 x6001 or via email.

Photos: Christal Wagner