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#ThrowbackThursday to "Enchanted Park(ing Lot)" with Danceworks Performance MKE & Milwaukee Opera Theatre! It's humbling to see how far we've come from performing outside in a parking lot. Our artists are excited to be back indoors, performing at the Baumgartner Center for Dance for DPMKE's upcoming show, โ€œI Am Because You Areโ€. Purchase tickets today at dwmke.org/purchasetickets ๐ŸŽŸ ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ? A Subscription to the 22-23 DPMKE 3-show season is only $90 (a $115 value!). Each subscription includes premium seating of your choice and an exclusive champagne toast at our first show of the season. Season Subscriptions must be reserved by November 5. Find more information when you go to dwmke.org/purchasetickets โฌ…๏ธ ... See MoreSee Less
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Now is the perfect time to mark your calendars for the first show of Danceworks Performance MKE's 2022-23 season, โ€œI Am Because You Areโ€ฆโ€! ๐Ÿ—“๐Ÿ“ฒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸปI Am Because You Areโ€ฆNovember 12-13, 2022Baumgartner Center for Dance128 N Jackson St. Milwaukee WI๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ dwmke.org/purchaseticketsExcited to learn more about the show? Read all about it below ๐Ÿ‘‡โ€œAnd you are because I am.โ€ In DPMKEโ€™s 25th anniversary season, the company explores the philosophy known as โ€œUbuntuโ€ by looking back at the unforgettable work that has shaped Danceworks, Inc. through the years. This philosophy, a belief in which our common bonds with others shape us deeply, single handedly reflects our communityโ€™s investment in helping shape our identity. We are also able to fully become who we are by unapologetically sharing ourselves with others and our history as a company runs through the veins of each new work we present.Please venture back in time with us to remember through a documentary telling and live embodiment of the companyโ€™s touching, comedic, and curious works that have become Danceworks favorites. Los Angeles artist and Milwaukee Native Taryn Vander Hoop (@tarynvanderhoop ) will set new repertoire on DPMKE and Dawn Springer (@dawncspringer), Gina Laurenzi (@gina_laurenzi ) and Christal Wagner (@waitingforutah ) will revisit and craft brand new works for the stage respectively. ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy #MKEMonday! Today is a special day because it is the first day of Emoji Yogi, an outreach program for K5 and 1st grade students that guides students through movement, breathing exercises, yoga and storytelling. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Danceworks is proud to be partnering with the Choose Love Movement for this program. The Choose Love formula of ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž+๐‹๐จ๐ฏ๐ž+๐…๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ+๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐€๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง will help form each lesson. ๐Ÿ’™ You can learn more about Emoji Yogi & the Choose Love Movement when you go to www.danceworksmke.org/emoji-yogi/ โฌ…๏ธ ... See MoreSee Less
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Daring Dani

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

Dani dancing her piece "Marianne's Rapture" in DPC's SERENDIPITY during the 2012-13 season. Photo by Dan Bishop.

Dani dancing her piece “Marianne’s Rapture” in DPC’s SERENDIPITY during the 2012-13 season. Photo by Dan Bishop.

I first met Dani in a ballet class at UWM. I was in town for a visit and Dani was teaching it. It was a really fun class and I can still remember the adagio. A couple years later we were both working on our MFAs in dance at UWM. I took a modern class from her and realized there was movement I simply could not do. I never liked throwing my legs over my head, but Dani was as comfortable standing on her hands as on her feet. She could hang out in midair with ease and didnโ€™t think twice about crashing to the ground or flipping backwards across the floor. Not me. I knew it was time to start thinking about life after performing; and I have to say, this realization of my limitations moved me right along that path.

When I was hired as executive director at Danceworks in 2002, Dani was in Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) and shared about 50% of the choreography with then-DPC Artistic Director Sarah Wilbur. As I settled into my role, Dani did an amazing job of getting DPC dancers more involved with our work in the community. After serving as Co-Artistic Director for a year, Dani was in a great position to step into the artistic director role when Sarah moved on in 2005. She did it seamlesslyโ€”and the rest is history! โ€“Deb Farris

Dani Kuepper Artistic Director DPC

Dani Kuepper

“I was raised to believe that doing what you love, what youโ€™re inspired byโ€”even if itโ€™s a career in (gasp) the artsโ€”is a very viable, even practical, venture. My parents arenโ€™t concert pianists or sculptors. My dad was a car salesman, and my mom worked at the hardware store in town. Still, they paid for organ lessons, took me to gymnastics practice and often told me, โ€œYou can be anything you want to be in your lifeโ€”as long as you work hard for it.โ€ ย I assumed that everyone grew up hearing things like this.

The next time I was lucky enough to be surrounded by this type of unconditional encouragement was when I was a student bolstered by the UW-Milwaukee Dance Department. Faculty members that nurtured my dreaming and doing, as well as many others, included the unstoppable Marcia Parsons, the soulful Ferne Bronson, the wise and effervescent Janet Lilly and the simultaneously stringent and generous Ed Burgess.

As I exited the university setting, I landed softly in another nurturing environment, surrounded by other, like-minded dreamers and doers: Danceworks.

Danceworks is not a place for the feint-hearted. When you begin your employment, nobody hands you a set of instructions of exactly what youโ€™ll do, or how youโ€™ll do it. ย Sure, you can find a job description of the person that came before you, and everyoneโ€™s friendly and glad to point you in the right direction. But Danceworksโ€™ job descriptions are written in pencil, rather than ink. They are morphed and changed to suit the strengths of each Danceworker. ย You have to think on your feet and jump in! And just when you think youโ€™ve got it figured out, problems will certainly come. Things donโ€™t always go as planned; itโ€™s up to you to figure it out and adapt. Itโ€™s up to you to work together with the people around you to decide, What do we do next?ย  Whatโ€™s the next best possible solution?ย  Whatโ€™s the most inventive solution? Whatโ€™s the most fun solution? Because many times, the most fun, the most inventive, is probably also the smartest solution.Individual and collective creativity, plus work ethic, have driven Danceworks for the last 20 years. In my 16 years with the organization, Iโ€™ve always been encouraged to embrace big ideas! Iโ€™ve been given the opportunity and resources to explore the art-making process with children, seniors and the highest achieving artists in the city. I value and benefit from all of these experiences equally. They remind me to be both lofty and grounded at the same time, in everything I do.

Danceworks is a place of possibility. Itโ€™s a place of optimism. Danceworks is the sum of its partsโ€”the Danceworkers. They have big ideas. And they work hard. Danceworkers believe that the arts make a difference. Iโ€™m proud to be a Danceworker. I am grateful for the bounty that Danceworks has provided me. I look forward to continuing to dream and do big things with my fellow Danceworkers.”

See Dani in action, along with the rest of Danceworks Performance Company and many talented collaborators, ย in DPC’s upcoming INTERSECT, November 15-24, 2013 in the Danceworks Studio Theatre. Get your tickets hereโ€“be in the right place at the right time and intersect with us!

 

 



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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 Danceworksโ€ฆ 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.