Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm Competition

This incredible annual celebration shows off the hard work of over 1,000 fifth and sixth grade students from nearly 50 Milwaukee area schools, as they compete in three dance styles as part of Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm.


Thank you to our Mad Hot Competition Partners!

Wisconsin Center District hosts the bi-annual Mad Hot Competitions each year at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena for free of charge, so that all Mad Hot families can attend. The Herzfeld Foundation provides funding for busing to and from the Competitions so that transportation is not a barrier for students, families or schools.

If you would like to sponsor a Mad Hot Competition, please contact Development Director, Maggie Seer.


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

Danceworks Mad Hot Tap 2020 Competition Results:

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