Employment & Internship Opportunities

Work-Study Positions

Danceworks is currently seeking dancers who would like to work at our Water Street studio in an hour-for-hour exchange for classes.

Duties include cleaning, studio maintenance and light administrative tasks that are usually scheduled on our studios’ off-hours on a weekly basis.

Period of Employment: Session to Session



For more information, contact Teresa Drews, Artistic Manager – Visual Arts, at 414.277.8480 ext. 6006 or via email.

**Executive Director

Join us in the dance! Applicants can submit resume and information to Debrasha Rogers, Finanace & HR Manager, at drogers@danceworksmke.org.



Founded in 1992, the mission of Danceworks, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is to enhance joy, health and  creativity by engaging the community through dance. Danceworks’ vision is to be a driving force that  builds community through movement and creative arts. The company impacts the lives of 55,000  children, adults, and each year through programming and performance.  


We are currently seeking an executive director to serve as the leader of the organization and as its  primary public representative and spokesperson. Reporting directly to the board of directors, our  Executive Director collaborates with members of the board and its committee representatives; manages  Danceworks’ internal leadership, staff and resident dancers; and partners with public and community  organizations and influencers to ensure the organization fulfills its stated mission and creates and  executes against strategies that drive success today and into the future.  


Key Areas of Responsibility:

Strategic Business & Program Planning 

  • In partnership with the Board of Directors, define and articulate the organization’s vision, and the  strategic plan to achieve said vision
  • Establish long-term strategic objectives to drive revenue, awareness, fund-raising; adhere to  budget management principles; ensure our community impact is reached; effectively manage and  retain talent; and lead the organization to achieve its established vision
  • Determine the outcomes needed from activity, programming and performance to meet strategic  objectives, and develop individual execution plans that will achieve those outcomes
  • Establish metrics to evaluate the organization’s success, and use the collected and analyzed data  to drive for decision making in response

Awareness & Fund Raising

  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and Danceworks’ Director of Development to establish  awareness-building and fundraising strategies and goals, and executive the activity needed to  meet stated objectives
  • Drive fundraising efforts at the high net worth individual donor level, serving as key point of  contact and relationship builder
  • Serve as key advocate, spokesperson and ambassador between Danceworks and all of its  stakeholders
  • Consistently represent the organization and its mission, programs, and services in a strong,  positive image to relevant stakeholders including community partners, donors, volunteers, ticket  buyers, students and parents.
  • Ensure all forms of marketing and communications align to the image, tone and brand of  Danceworks

Financial Management

  • Build annual budget, with Board of Directors Finance Committee, that support strategic objectives  and efficient operating plan
  • Prudently manages the organization’s resources within budget guidelines according to current  laws and regulations, and Board of Directors’ direction
  • Provide timely, relevant, accurate financials to the Board of Directors to keep appropriately  informed of the organization’s financial position

Management, Leadership and Board Engagement

  • Promote a culture that reflects the organization’s foundational values, demands solid  performance of talent, and rewards performance and productivity
  • Develop talent, focusing on future leadership, within the organization
  • Promote and attract the best talent possible through culture, practice, and total rewards offerings
  • Effectively manage the team of directors, staff and dancers in accordance with Danceworks’  established employee protocol, policy and procedures, which conform to current laws and  regulations
  • Serve as key liaison between the organization and the Board of Directors – advising, informing,  and supporting the Board relative to Board-related activity, including but not limited to: operations  and administration; policies and planning; and selection and evaluation of membership and  leadership


Qualifications & Experience

Passion: Understanding of and passion for the Danceworks mission and vision.

Education: Master’s Degree or equivalent (Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years)

Skills: Superior communication skills, written and oral; analytical and financial skills commensurate with a  leader of a business at a minimum the size of Danceworks. 

Knowledge: Extensive knowledge about not-for-profit management and fundraising/resource  development. 

Relevant Experience: Demonstrated previous management experience of at least five years, preferably  in not-for-profit organizations. Experience in financial management, fundraising, board development,  managing staff, projects and implementing related policies and procedures in timely manner.


Join us in the dance! Applicants can submit resume and information to Debrasha Rogers, Finanace & HR Manager, at drogers@danceworksmke.org.

Teaching Positions

Danceworks is currently accepting resumes for studio and community teaching positions!


  • A minimum of two years dance teaching experience
  • A creative approach to teaching students of all ages
  • The willingness and ability to teach according to Danceworks’ technique-based curriculum
  • An understanding of the cognitive and kinesthetic development of students in a wide range of ages and abilities
  • The  knowledge to inform and motivate student learning and achievement and to convey the importance of the performing arts

Prospective candidates will attend an interview as well as teach an audition class.


Interested? Contact Amy Brinkman-Sustache, Director of Education, at 414.277.8480 x6002 or via email.

MPS Arts Interns 2021

Danceworks looks for two MPS Arts Interns to work in our summer camps each summer!

Danceworks interns gain direct, hands-on classroom experience with young children (ages 3-13) in multi-arts programs. They will assist with setting up for, facilitating, and responding to individual student needs in visual art, theater, dance, and other creative art classes, and provide general camp organization in between workshops. Interns will be supervised and mentored by professional dance and visual artists. Full day camps are M-F from 9am-4pm and half day camps are M-F from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. Interns may work half-days when half-day camps are offered, but preference will be given to interns who can work more than 3 consecutive weeks, and who demonstrate an interest in getting involved in the arts and dance community in Milwaukee. No dance experience is necessary for this internship, but an enthusiasm for the arts and love of children is essential! Click here for more information.


Questions? Contact Teresa Drews, Artistic Manager – Visual Arts, at (414) 277-8480 ext. 6006 or via email.