I’ve been with Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) coming up on 10 years now primarily doing dance performance, choreography, and teaching for the Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap program (Mad Hot). A decade seems to be a nice increment in which … Continue reading
There’s nothing that makes Alma Mercado happier than getting to help kids and motivate them to be better individuals. “You learn so much from them!” she said. Just 17 years old and Alma is already talking like Danceworks’ faculty who often say they get far more … Continue reading
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It was the end of the day on a Friday. As I stepped over students waiting for class, maneuvered around parents’ knees with computers and children in their laps in our crowded studio hallway, I had an upcoming Monday morning appointment … Continue reading
As we turn the page to a new chapter and begin 2016, I remember, at this time ten years ago, 22 Milwaukee schools were lining up—literally—to kick off Mad Hot in Milwaukee. The Marcus Center and UPAF had endorsed the program and we filled Uihlein … Continue reading
We all like being around people who focus on the positive in life—in others and in themselves. They impact how we feel about ourselves and the places we live, work and play. Joanne E. Smith is a teacher who has … Continue reading
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Welcome to my blog, where I'm hoping to share a little bit more about the heart and soul behind Danceworks…what makes me tick, what keeps me inspired, and where I can share some of the stories worth telling.