Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm Competition

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

This year’s *virtual* Mad Hot Rhythm Competition premiered at 6:30pm on May 14, 2021 LIVE on Danceworks Facebook Page.

Watch it now!

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 16 years in 2022!

This year has been full of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure, the Mad Hot show must go on! 16 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 in the 2021 year due to the pandemic, we had 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 16 years. Mad Hot Rhythm, formerly Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap, will culminate in a Competition at the Panther Arena in mid- April 2022.

We hope you can join us as we celebrate 16 years of Mad Hot dancing!

Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm 2021 *Virtual* Competition Results:

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

Latin Fusion –
First Place – Cross Trainers Academy
Second Place – Fairview Elementary
Third Place – Lloyd Barbee, class B

Swing Jazz –
First Place – Fairview Elementary
Second Place – St. Martini Lutheran, 5th grade
Third Place – Maryland Ave. Montessori

Hip Hop –
First Place – Lloyd Barbee, class B
Second Place – Messmer St. Mary’s
Third Place – Lloyd Barbee, class A

Teamwork Award –Lloyd Barbee, class A
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 – St. Martini Lutheran, 3rd grade class
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 Jessica Fastabend, Community Programs Manager, at 414.277.8480, or via email.

Photos: Jeff Zmania