Danceworks Residencies

What is a Danceworks Residency?


  • Are you looking to integrate dance into your K3-12 curriculum or after school programming?
  • Do you want to provide opportunities for expression, physical activity, and creativity at your community center or workplace?
  • Are you an employer seeking fun ways to reward and inspire your staff?

Danceworks residencies create an opportunity to integrate movement-based educational activities into your organization’s everyday routine, to introduce students and clients to cultural styles of dance, and to get people moving and feeling good. In 2017-18, Danceworks partnered with over 60 organizations including schools, adult day care facilities, community centers, non-profits and businesses, to design custom arts residencies of varying lengths with diverse goals. Programming can connect to academic content areas, a theme, or be based on a specific style of dance/art.


Residency Highlights from 2017-18:


  • Siefert Elementary created a 5-week residency for grades K5-3rd celebrating African-American contributions through jazz, modern and tap dance. Classes met for 45 minutes once per week. They performed at their school’s Black Heritage Month program.
  • A small group of elders meets on Mondays for an hour at St. John’s on the Lake retirement center for a therapeutic movement group.
  • St. Coletta Day School, a school for persons with developmental and other challenges, completed a 10-week dance sampler residency and performed tap, hip hop and musical theatre routines at a fundraiser for the school.
  • St. Martini School offered parents an after-school ballroom class and teachers a hip hop class as professional development.
  • East Town Association provided free family-friendly classes on Saturdays to draw crowds to Cathedral Square Market.
  • Danceworks Performance Company performed their original work, Pattern, Repattern, Unpattern, Repeat at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care.
  • Cass Street School supplemented their middle school curriculum with choreography classes. The students created original dances, which they shared at Open House.
  • Milwaukee Women’s Correctional Center provided free introductory yoga classes for women re-entering society; it was the first time they were allowed to touch after serving time and was a healing experience.

Want to bring a residency to your site? Contact Dani Kuepper, Artistic Director, at 414.277.8480 x6001, or via email.