Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm Competition

This incredible annual celebration shows off the hard work of fifth and sixth grade students from Milwaukee area schools, as they compete in three dance styles as part of Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm.

Save the date for this year’s *virtual* Mad Hot Rhythm Competition! At 6:30pm on May 14, 2021, the competition will be streamed LIVE on Danceworks Facebook Page.

Two viewing options: (1) Watch it live at 6:30pm CST and interact with other viewers in the comment section, or (2) watch it later at a time that is most convenient for you. The virtual competition will be a wonderful keepsake that students will be able to share with their families for years to come!

Please note: A Facebook account is not required to access the video stream. No ticket is required; this is a free event for the community.

Follow us @danceworksmke on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all things Mad Hot!

Gabi Sustache virtually teaching a Mad Hot class at Fairview Elementary, 2021

We are celebrating 15 years in 2021!

This year has been full of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure, the Mad Hot show must go on! 15 years ago we started Mad Hot in just 3 schools. The program quickly spread, and last year the program was in 80 classrooms in over 40 schools! While we weren’t able to serve quite as many schools this year due to the pandemic, we’ve got a great bunch of dancers ready to show off their new skills! The mission and motivation of Mad Hot have always centered around the kids, and it remains the same after 15 years. Mad Hot Rhythm, formerly Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap, will culminate in a virtual Competition on May 14, 2021.

We hope you can join us as we celebrate 15 years of Mad Hot dancing!

Danceworks Mad Hot Tap 2020 Competition Results:

Congratulations to our winners and to every student who participated in Danceworks Mad Hot!

Latin Tap –
First Place – MacDowell Montessori
Second Place – Trowbridge
Third Place – J.W. Riley

Funky Tap –
First Place – Alcott School
Second Place – Elm Dale Elementary
Third Place – Carter’s Christian Academy

Swing Tap –
First Place – J.W. Riley
Second Place – MacDowell Montessori
Third Place – Roosevelt Elementary

Teamwork Award –MacDowell Montessori School
This class demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship through respect, encouragement, group problem solving, good communication, equal participation from all, offering support & having fun.

Most Improved Classroom Award – Neeskara School
This class demonstrated notable growth in areas of: dance technique, performance skills, confidence and respect.


Danceworks Mad Hot in the Media

  • Check us out on Fox 6 Wake Up here! (December 16, 2016).
  • Visit our YouTube channel to view clips of Danceworks Mad Hot in action.
  • Watch the Channel 10 Adelante segment on Danceworks Mad Hot here.
  • Follow our Facebook Page to watch live coverage of the latest Mad Hot Competition


Questions about Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm? Contact Amy Brinkman, Education Director, at 414.277.8480, or via email.

Photos: Jeff Zmania