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BIOME opens in LESS then a week! Let’s learn about the choreographer and director behind DPMKE’s upcoming show, BIOME! Read about Gina Laurenzi below and then join us for the show premiering February 29-March 3, 2024. Tickets are selling fast, grab them here! dwmke.org/DPMKEseasonGina Laurenzi (@gina_laurenzi )graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) with a BFA in Dance: Choreography & Performance. Before beginning her chapter in Milwaukee, Gina was awarded a full merit scholarship to train at Giordano Dance Chicago and later performed with Giordano II and Inaside Chicago Dance, among other Chicago artists.Since living in Milwaukee, Laurenzi has been able to perform the works of Daniel Burkholder, Simone Ferro, Marie Gillespie, Dani Kuepper, Deb Loewen, Dawn Springer, Christal Wagner, and Morgan Williams among many others. Laurenzi continues to set work on the Gina Laurenzi Dance Project and has created works for Danceworks Performance MKE (DPMKE), Danceworks Youth Performance Company, Danceworks Intergenerational Performance Company (DIPC), Makaroff Youth Ballet (Appleton, WI), the Milwaukee Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program students, Milwaukee’s High School of the Arts, UWM Dance Dept., and Water Street Dance Milwaukee. Laurenzi is currently on faculty at both Danceworks and the Milwaukee Ballet and continues to teach at UWM where she is also pursuing her MFA in Dance. Laurenzi is happy to be able to continue to work with the wonderful artists of DPMKE after performing with the company since 2013.📸: @c.w.mke.photography ... See MoreSee Less
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Danceworks DanceLAB presents Get It Out There! Learn about the show and showtimes below⤵️💥March 16, 2024 | 5:30pm & 8pmat Danceworks Studio Theatre1661 N. Water St.Milwaukee, WI 53202About the show: Danceworks Artistic Director, Christal Wagner, is set to unveil the latest edition of Get It Out There, a biannual showcase of works in progress by both emerging and established artists. This spring’s event, presented through Danceworks DanceLAB, will feature a diverse array of 22 new works from talented performers across Milwaukee and its surrounding areas. Scheduled for Saturday, March 16th, 2024, the performances will take place in two separate concerts at the Danceworks Studio Theatre. Following each show, attendees are encouraged to stay for an opportunity to interact with the artists, offering feedback and fostering dialogue. With a spectrum of genres on display including contemporary dance, dance theatre, poetry, and music composition, the evening promises a dynamic exploration of artistic expression.Tickets now available at link in bio. Artist line up coming soon…!💥📸: Christal Wagner ... See MoreSee Less
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Did you know that we have merchandise?! Head to Danceworks to check out all that we have available!•T-shirts•Beanies •Zip-up Hoodies•Joggers•Fanny Packs•ThermosStop in today at 1661 N. Water Street Milwaukee, WI!#danceworks #dance #merchandise #newgear #fall #tshirt #zipup #fanny ... See MoreSee Less
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Danceworks Performance Company Turns 20!

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Danceworks Performance Company’s roots are grounded in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dance Department. In the early 90’s, UWM Department Chair Marcia Parsons and faculty including Ed Burgess, Janet Lilly and Fern Caulker inspired an environment and work ethic for artists to grow and thrive. UWM’s Independent and Emerging Artist Series was a place for students, local dancers and choreographers to develop work and take risks.

Around this same time, co-founders Polly Morris and Mary Newton were busy presenting emerging and independent artists at Danceworks, and collaborating with UWM. When Danceworks received the support of the United Performing Arts Fund in 1997 to launch a resident company, again, UWM played a significant role. It was UWM dance graduate, Sarah Wilbur, who was identified to lead the company as Artistic Director. Along with a group of fellow UWM dance major graduates, Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) was launched and became the first new dance company to appear in Milwaukee in a decade.

Since then, DPC has performed hundreds of concerts and developed dozens of choreographers and dancers who have shared their work with thousands upon thousands of audience members in Milwaukee and far beyond. DPC has staying power and is a company that has found a niche in collaboration and, not surprisingly, in giving back.

In honor of the Company’s 20th Anniversary I am going to be sharing monthly guest blog posts from our DPC artists that will give you a behind the scenes look at our artists and the impact they are having on stage, in the studio, and in the community.

The dancers from DPC’s early days are still driving momentum organizationally and far beyond as performers, teaching artists and now parents of artists themselves. Catey Ott, Cindy Collins, Becky Blong, Joan Fernandez, Anina Bacon, Andrea Hill, Jen Moore, Laura Teska, and more recently, Liz Tesch and Joelle Worm, to name just a few, have all contributed to the dance community in important ways that have traveled far beyond Danceworks.

Thanks goes to Polly and Mary, to Sarah and to our current Artistic Director Dani Kuepper.  Dani, along with Artistic Manager Kim Johnson, picked up the torch and ran with it. They have continued the tradition of creating work that appeals to many, both in the theatre and out in the community. Thanks also goes to the members of DPC and the many, teachers, choreographers and dancers who have contributed to creating this significant milestone.

Twenty years is quite an achievement for a dance company. Congratulations to all who have been a part of this journey. I can’t help but imagine what the next 20 years will bring.

Don’t miss Dance In or Take Out.
November 3-6, 2016 at Next Act Theatre

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Welcome to the Danceworks blog, where we're hoping to share a little bit more about the heart and soul behind Danceworks… what made us join the dance and keeps us dancing, what keeps us inspired, and where we can share some of the stories worth telling.