Join us for the 13th annual Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition on Thursday, May 9th!
This incredible celebration will show off the hard work of 1,000 fifth and sixth grade students from nearly 50 Milwaukee area schools, as they compete in three styles of ballroom dance as part of Danceworks Mad Hot.
The public is invited to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena beginning at 10:00am to cheer on students, with finals and awards beginning shortly after 11:45am. The Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition is completely free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to join at any time.
2018-19 is the third 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 26,000 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.
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 2019 Competition Results:
Hip Hop –
First Place – MacDowell Montessori
Second Place – Carter’s Christian
Third Place – Fifty-Third Street
First Place – St. Martini
Second Place – MacDowell Montessori
Third Place – Milwaukee French Immersion (Mme. Durand)
First Place – Fifty-Third Street
Second Place – Roosevelt Elementary
Third Place – MacDowell Montessori
Overall Winner – MacDowell Montessori
Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom 2018 Competition Results:
First Place – MacDowell
Second Place – J.W. Riley School
Third Place – Brown Street
First Place – Stuart
Second Place – ALBA
Third Place – Siefert Elementary
First Place – Byron Kilbourn Elementary
Second Place – J.W. Riley
Third Place – Alcott
Overall Winner – J.W. Riley
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Danceworks Mad Hot in the Media
Questions about Danceworks Mad Hot? Contact Maryann Walbert, Program & Volunteer Coordinator, at 414.277.8480 x6012, or via email.
Photos: Jeff Zmania