Danceworks On Tap (DOT) is a collective of dancers dedicated to sustaining tap dance as a recognized art form. Through education, performance and by making tap dance accessible to the community, DOT hopes to contribute to the preservation of this truly American dance form.
DOT was founded in 2000 by Amy Brinkman-Sustache and Patrick Kendall. Since then, the goal has been to sustain tap dance as a recognized art form through presentations, performances and community outreach events.
Amy Brinkman-Sustache (Artistic Director) founded DOT in 2000 and is currently the Education Director for Danceworks where she is also on the teaching faculty. Tap has always been Amy’s “thing”. She has had the privilege to study and take class with amazing tap dancers like Tommy Sutton, Donna Peckett, Bruce Bristol, Reggio “the hoofer” McLaughlin, Maurice Hines and Jason Samuels Smith. In addition to teaching at Danceworks, Amy also serves on the ad hoc dance faculties at Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee and is the lead tap teacher for Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Program. Amy is also a frequent teacher for Dance Masters of Wisconsin and the National Association for Dance and Affiliated Arts (NADAA).
Holly Heisdorf joined DOT in 2012. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa with her BBA in finance and a BA in dance. She is currently working as an Assistant Commercial Lender at the State Bank of Newburg and is also on the teaching faculty at Nancy Diane Studio of Dance.
Kate Krause first danced with DOT as a guest artist in the summer of 2016, and is proud to now be an official member of the company. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned her Bachelor of Arts – Double Major in Dance and Journalism, and Masters in Library and Information Science. Currently, Kate is part of the teaching faculty for Danceworks’ Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap as well as a Youth Services Librarian at the New Berlin Public Library.
Rachel Payden has been a company member of Danceworks on Tap since the spring of 2007. She is currently the Outreach Director at Danceworks and is a member of the studio, summer camp, IMAP and MHBT teaching faculty. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2006 where she received a BA degree in Theater Arts and a minor in Dance. Rachel is also a proud member of a local all-female a cappella group called the Mil Town Treblemakers who are similar to DOT but make music with their voices instead of their feet!
Nikki has been dancing since the age of two at many of the most prestigious dance studios around the mid-west and east coast. Nikki attended Columbia College Chicago, where she studied musical theater and dance. In 2001, Nikki made her way to NYC under scholarship and attended Broadway Dance Center, where she obtained her expertise on the Broadway stage. She had the honor and privilege to work and dance with some of the hottest choreographers in “The Big Apple”. Nikki owes her tap skills to Lane Alexander, Mike Minery, Savion Glover, Michelle Dorrance, The late Gregory Hines and many more! Nikki has choreographed and directed many productions with local groups such as, Kenosha Youth Performing Arts Company, Bradford Theater, Spotlight Youth Theater, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy in addition to various other theaters and studios in Chicago, Milwaukee, and on the east coast. She is also the proud owner and director of Nikki’s Fabulous Feet Dance Studio.
Gabi Sustache currently attends UW-Milwaukee, where she is studying dance and kinesiology. She began her dance training at Danceworks at the age of three and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She was a member of Danceworks Youth Performance Company from 2011-2013 and is currently a member of Danceworks On Tap (DOT), Danceworks’ resident tap dance company. Gabi first danced with DOT as a guest performer at the age of five and became a full-fledged company member in 2010. In addition to dancing with DOT, Gabi often performs with various Milwaukee-based hip hop crews. She has performed as part of Danceworks’ DanceLAB concert series in Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience from 2013-2017, as well as Get It Out There in 2016. Gabi joined the Danceworks studio faculty in 2014 and is also part of the teaching faculty for the Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program.
For information on joining DOT, contact Amy Brinkman-Sustache, DOT Artistic Director, at 414.277.8480 x6002 or via email.