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Join us Tuesdays beginning 10/31 for our brand-new workshop series: Moonlight Yoga with Emily Jade! Visit dwmke.org/workshops-master-classes for more information & to register. ... See MoreSee Less

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We had a blast performing at the Kimpton Journeyman Hotel with United Performing Arts Fund - UPAF for #GalleryNight! These #MadHotMKE instructors (two of whom are alums!) killed it. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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How Teaching in Public Schools Made Me a Better Artist

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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.