Danceworks Mad Hot Competition


Thank you for joining us for the 14th annual Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition on Wednesday, January 29, 2020!

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

The Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition is completely free and open to the public, and 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 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

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

Photos: Jeff Zmania