Danceworks On Tap is a collective of dancers and friends bringing their personalities and styles together to create a unique approach to dance.
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.
DANCEWORKS ON TAP COMPANY
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.
Gabrielle Sustache attends Ronald Reagan High School where she is a member of the varsity soccer team. She began dancing at the age of three and currently trains at Danceworks where she takes ballet, contemporary, tap and hip hop dance. She first danced with DOT as a guest at the age of five and became a full-fledged company member in 2010 at the age of 12. In addition to dancing with DOT, Gabi is also a member of the Hip Hop Crew, Boombox Babies.
For more information about how to be a part of DOT contact Amy Brinkman-Sustache, DOT Artistic Director, at 414.277.8480 x6002 or via email.