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.



Movement Media Lab

Friday & Saturday, September 28-29, 8:30pm

Danceworks Studio Theatre


*New! Local film and video artists will showcase 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 will also look at the relationship to the body in a 2D format, and highlighting movement through editing.




Advance Purchase Tickets: $13 Reserved Seating | $10 General Admission | $8 Student & Senior
Walk-Up Tickets: $13 General Admission | $10 Student & Senior


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Movement Media Lab will include works by:

Katelyn Altmann & Jake Neuman
Marissa Jax & Amelia Morris
Elisabeth Karrels
Betty Salamun & Dan Boville
Kate Slezak & Alex Adkinson
Hannah Hamalian

Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience

Presented by an Anonymous Community Donor
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.


>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

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


Tapology [tap-ol-uh-jee]: The study of tap dance and its interconnections between art, science, and entertainment. Is there any connection between tap dance and the way we sleep?  Can audible sounds and visual images be used as if they were equations? How can we learn more about the study of light by combining it with rhythmic sounds? 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.


> 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!)

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

Photos: Christal Wagner