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Now is the perfect time to mark your calendars for the first show of Danceworks Performance MKE's 2022-23 season, “I Am Because You Are…”! 🗓📲💃🏻I Am Because You Are…November 12-13, 2022Baumgartner Center for Dance128 N Jackson St. Milwaukee WI🎟️ to learn more about the show? Read all about it below 👇“And you are because I am.” In DPMKE’s 25th anniversary season, the company explores the philosophy known as “Ubuntu” by looking back at the unforgettable work that has shaped Danceworks, Inc. through the years. This philosophy, a belief in which our common bonds with others shape us deeply, single handedly reflects our community’s investment in helping shape our identity. We are also able to fully become who we are by unapologetically sharing ourselves with others and our history as a company runs through the veins of each new work we present.Please venture back in time with us to remember through a documentary telling and live embodiment of the company’s touching, comedic, and curious works that have become Danceworks favorites. Los Angeles artist and Milwaukee Native Taryn Vander Hoop (@tarynvanderhoop ) will set new repertoire on DPMKE and Dawn Springer (@dawncspringer), Gina Laurenzi (@gina_laurenzi ) and Christal Wagner (@waitingforutah ) will revisit and craft brand new works for the stage respectively. ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy #MKEMonday! Today is a special day because it is the first day of Emoji Yogi, an outreach program for K5 and 1st grade students that guides students through movement, breathing exercises, yoga and storytelling. 🧘🏿🧘🏻‍♀️ Danceworks is proud to be partnering with the Choose Love Movement for this program. The Choose Love formula of 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞+𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞+𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬+𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 will help form each lesson. 💙 You can learn more about Emoji Yogi & the Choose Love Movement when you go to ⬅️ ... See MoreSee Less
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Our students are putting those brand new light weight, adjustable barres to good use! A huge shoutout to all of the amazing Raise the Barre donors from this past summer. Because of YOU, we were able to purchase 27 new barres for the studio!! #thankyou If you donated $100 or more, your names are still going on the barre. Keep a lookout - coming soon 👀 ... See MoreSee Less
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25 Years of Amy

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From the Desk of

Amy Brinkman-Sustache,

Danceworks Director of Education






Most of us know that dancing can make you healthier, but did you know that it could make you happier too? It’s true! A University of London study found that dance causes the brain to release mood-lifting neurotransmitters within brain cells, spurring the growth of new neurons and new cell connections – literally making minds more supple. With about 90 classes per week for ages spanning from 3 months to 86 years, we’ve got a lot of happy (and healthy) people at Danceworks.


Students from Summer 2018’s Tap Performance Workshop perform at Danceworks On Tap’s ‘Tapology,’ August 2018

As we begin our 26th year of connecting creativity and community through dance and the other arts, it seems like a good time to shed light on the fact that Danceworks really does have something for EVERY body. From technique classes in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz, ballroom, hip hop and several cultural dance forms; to five different dance fitness styles; to school day off workshops, family workshops and summer creative arts camps; to a program specifically for adults ages 50+; to our brand new performance workshops for students who long to dance on stage. For the last 25 years I’ve had the pleasure of planning, developing and even teaching many of these classes and programs – and I can tell you that we at Danceworks truly believe that dance is for everyone! Whether you have dreams of becoming a professional dancer or dreams of dancing for the first time as an adult because you didn’t have the opportunity when you were a child, we can help make your dream come true.


So often after an adult takes their first dance class we hear them say, “Why did I wait so long to do this?” And after a tiny dancer’s first class we hear, “Do I come back tomorrow?” It’s that kind of reaction that makes our faculty want to keep doing what they do best: sharing their love of dance and their commitment to providing the kind of class that everyone will feel comfortable in; a safe and positive place where everyone is welcome and where a workout is much easier because you’re surrounded by smiling faces. Students come to Danceworks for our professional faculty, and our faculty continues to teach for us year after year because of our wonderful students. It’s a win-win for everyone!


Amy after teaching an awesome Tap Workout class, Thursdays at 11!


Danceworks is all about opportunity: Opportunity to take a dance class no matter your age or level of experience, to work in exchange for classes as part of our work-study program, to apply for a scholarship for any of our classes or programs, to dance with your family or even alongside professional dancers. We offer an opportunity to open a new door, try something new and follow where it may lead you. Dancing isn’t just moving — it involves all of your body, heart and soul. You’re only a few (dance) steps away from a happier, healthier you!

About Our Blog

Welcome to the Danceworks blog, where we're hoping to share a little bit more about the heart and soul behind Danceworks… what made us join the dance and keeps us dancing, what keeps us inspired, and where we can share some of the stories worth telling.