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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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Moving Milwaukee Forward with Joy, Health and an Abundance of Creativity—Celebrating 25 Years

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Danceworks is all about movement (obviously) but when you consider we are also about enhancing joy, health and creativity, I think you can go as far as to say Danceworks is a movement and we’re revving our engines to keep Milwaukee moving forward!


I wasn’t surprised to read recently that according to nonprofit guru Joan Garry, there’s a growing crisis in the nonprofit sector as baby boomer executive directors (hint hint) are retiring. Low overhead, limited budgets for HR and professional development can make succession planning tough. Unless you’re Danceworks.


I don’t have plans to retire (if you worked at Danceworks, would you?) but I want to make sure Danceworks is in a good place when I do. So what do you do?


You have to be quick on your feet around here (no pun intended). Things are always changing – beyond our walls, as well as within them so you need to take a good look around. Start conversations. Be honest about your resources and whereabouts and keep building your dream, because dreams are meant to happen.


When the board suggested I hire a managing director to help with the day to day to free up some of my time for bigger picture focus, I wasn’t sure where the resources for it would come from. I started having conversations with my team and discovered the treasures were within. Timing was right and within weeks, Kim Johnson stepped into a new role as managing director and I was bumped up from ED (easily distracted) to CEO.


This wouldn’t have been possible of course without the passionate, committed people that make up the Danceworks team and are always willing to step up and out when duty calls. My team makes things happen. We have always done the best we can with what we have, where we are, and it’s worked so far. (Thanks for the advice, Mr. Roosevelt.)


Fiscal year-end is always a fun time for nonprofits. What comes in must go out. It’s a delicate balance. Sometimes a little too much goes out and sometimes not enough comes in. That’s when you hunker down, consolidate where possible, and look at your opportunities. Like this for example: we had to cancel a performance this past season because of the snow. To make up for the lost revenue, our newly appointed managing director came up with the idea of a Danceworks Benefit Concert! It was called – what else? – Danceworkers.



It really does take a village and I’m so glad to be part of one so full of joy-filled and generous individuals. Thank you, Kim, dancers and choreographers, and all who contributed time and talent, support and presence at this remarkable evening of dance (which was so fun and successful, it might become an annual event…)

Here’s to the next 25 years of moving Milwaukee forward with joy, health and an abundance of creativity!

Kim Johnson (Center) with faculty and members of Danceworks Youth Performance Company performing at Newaukee.



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.