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It's almost time to GET IT OUT THERE! Check out these stunning photos by Christal Wagner from last night's dress rehearsal. We can't wait to see these performances up close! ... See MoreSee Less

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We had so much fun at our School Day Off Workshops this week, where students explored art and dance from Italy and Australia! Visit danceworksmke.org/studio/youth/school-day-off to register for next month's days off now! ... See MoreSee Less

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Show A (6:00pm) for Danceworks DanceLAB: Get It Out There is now SOLD OUT! You can still purchase tickets for Show B (8:00pm) at danceworksmke.org/purchase-tickets - get yours before they sell out! ... See MoreSee Less

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How Teaching in Public Schools Made Me a Better Artist

Posted on by Deborah Farris

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

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The Most Fun I Ever Had

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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

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I Hear You Are a Beautiful Dancer

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Dance is a performing art. Dance is creative expression. Dance is freedom gained through discipline as strength increases, as flexibility improves, as individual artistry emerges. Dance lives inside you and emerges with beauty. As you breathe more deeply and challenge yourself … Continue reading

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From the Does’ Hoops to Mad Hot Taps

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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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Making a Case for Dance

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“Oh, by the way, the MS ballroom classes are going great!” Rachel Payden said to me as we were wrapping up our weekly meeting—referring to classes for people with Multiple Sclerosis. If you don’t know, Rachel is Danceworks’ outreach director. … Continue reading

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DEB FARRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.