Danceworks Mad Hot Competition


**In an overabundance of caution for the health and safety of our students, Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition will not take place on May 18th, 2020, and unfortunately will not be rescheduled for the Ballroom 2020 spring session.We know this cancellation is disappointing for our hard working dancers, dancing classroom teachers, Mad Hot Teaching Artists and Competition volunteers and spectators. The entire Danceworks team is saddened by our current situation. We hope Mad Hot dancers will enjoy the videos for at-home learning and maybe even teach a family member how to Salsa, Tango or Swing dance! Stay healthy and well.


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Join us for the 14th annual Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition on Monday, May 18, 2020! The competition will start at 10am; finals and awards will be at 11:45am.

This incredible celebration shows off the hard work of 1,000 fifth and sixth grade students from nearly 40 Milwaukee area schools, as they compete in three styles of ballroom dance as part of Danceworks Mad Hot.


The Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition is completely free and open to the public.
Guests are welcome to join at any time.

2019-20 is the fourth year that this transformative program is being offered for the full school year, with students participating in tap in the Fall and ballroom in the Spring. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over 29,500 city youth have been positively impacted by the joy, health and creativity Danceworks brings to our city through Mad Hot.


We are especially grateful to the Danceworks Mad Hot Competition’s partners. Year after year, the BMO Harris Bradley Center provided financial and logistical support to make the competition possible. Their assistance and expertise has been vital to organizing and making the competition run smoothly—creating a very special day for the participants. What’s more, the BMO Harris Bradley Center gave all of this to Danceworks free of charge! Thank you to Steve Costello and the BMO Harris Bradley Center team for 12 great years of partnership.


Wisconsin Center District CEO Marty Brooks & Danceworks CEO Deb Farris at the 2018 Mad Hot Ballroom Competition.

We are so humbled and appreciative of the Wisconsin Center District and CEO Marty Brooks for offering to host Danceworks Mad Hot at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena free of charge for future Competitions so that all our Mad Hot families can continue to attend. Read all about our exciting new partnership.


Throughout the years, Weyco Group, Inc. has generously donated men’s dress shoes and ties for our male ballroom students. During the last month of lessons leading up to the competition, we distributed the shoes and ties to students in need. Students proudly wore their shoes and ties on Competition day. For students unable to afford Competition clothing, this donation has made a big difference.




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 Ballroom 2019 Competition Results:

Salsa –
First Place Eighty-First Street
Second Place – MacDowell Montessori
Third Place – Alcott School

Tango –
First Place – J.W. Riley
Second Place – MacDowell Montessori
Third Place – Eighty-First Street

Swing –
First Place – Escuela Vieau
Second Place – MacDowell Montessori
Third Place – Fifty-Third Street

Overall Winner – MacDowell Montessori


Danceworks Mad Hot Tap 2019 Competition Results:

Hip Hop – 
First Place – MacDowell Montessori
Second Place – Carter’s Christian
Third Place – Fifty-Third Street

Latin – 
First Place – St. Martini
Second Place – MacDowell Montessori
Third Place – Milwaukee French Immersion (Mme. Durand)

Swing – 
First Place – Fifty-Third Street
Second Place – Roosevelt Elementary
Third Place – MacDowell Montessori

Overall Winner – MacDowell Montessori

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.
  • Visit our Facebook Galleries to view photos from the 2016-17 Mad Hot Competitions: >Tap    >Ballroom
  • Follow our Facebook Page to watch live coverage of the latest Mad Hot Competition

Questions about Danceworks Mad Hot? Contact Angela Weidner, Development & Programs Coordinator, at 414.277.8480 x6019, or via email.

Photos: Jeff Zmania