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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, “I Am Because You Are”. Purchase tickets today at 🎟 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐-𝟐𝟑 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞𝐫? 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 ⬅️ ... 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, “I Am Because You Are…”! 🗓📲💃🏻I Am Because You Are…November 12-13, 2022Baumgartner Center for Dance128 N Jackson St. Milwaukee WI🎟️ to learn more about the show? Read all about it below 👇“And you are because I am.” In DPMKE’s 25th anniversary season, the company explores the philosophy known as “Ubuntu” 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 community’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 company’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. 🧘🏿🧘🏻‍♀️ Danceworks is proud to be partnering with the Choose Love Movement for this program. The Choose Love formula of 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞+𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞+𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬+𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧 𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 will help form each lesson. 💙 You can learn more about Emoji Yogi & the Choose Love Movement when you go to ⬅️ ... See MoreSee Less
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…A 5,6,7,8!

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

Ah youth! Their excitement fills Danceworks studios with a warmth that tempers the cold sneaking in through our large glass windows these days. Danceworks Youth Performance Company (DYPC) is busy rehearsing Gingerbread Express—fun entertainment for families during this holiday season. It’s a great time to sneak a peek behind the scenes. I asked one of our faculty members, Jacqui Lefebvre, to share a little about her experience working with these young dancers. JackieLefebvreDanceworks Youth Performance Company is a perfect example of what Danceworks does best! This unique group of young dancers consists of kids of varying ages from totally different backgrounds, communities, socioeconomic lifestyles, family units and dance abilities, blended into a tightly knit company united by the joy and love of dance. Fiercely supportive of one another, these wonderful, inspiring young people work together willingly to be the best they can be. Typically, at company practice, the noise level of this artistic crowd can be off the charts! Not so typical of today’s youth is that there is no malice or sneering whatsoever. In our current world of cyberbullying, I look around and see these beautiful young people working on their choreography together. photo (6) I notice Emily and Peyton comparing their foot arches while Tatyana practices her pirouette nearby. Lauren, Chelsea and Thalicia are helping each other achieve the best arm line, while Gabi is assisting a couple of the younger girls with the ”flip”—and they are looking at her with complete adoration! Jaron, as usual, is goofing around with the girls; but you know he’s going to have the routine down perfectly! On reflection, I realize the magic formula: There are no egos at play here! Regardless of dance ability there is an absolute feeling of equality. This company intrinsically understands the benefits of being part of a unit—of belonging to a thing by its very nature. Somehow they have figured out that together, they can do pretty much anything. It occurs to me that we are arming them with some pretty decent life skills. We proudly have two companies now—Junior and Senior. I am working with the DYPC director, Faith Halaska, to choreograph a cute little all company number for the holidays and am totally inspired by how the kids work. We are throwing choreography at them right and left, and these little troopers are trying to take the new stuff on board so they will be good to go for their performance. They are discussing their varying degrees of nervousness but can hardly stand still because they are all sooooo excited. These guys just LOVE to dance! 1451456_10151819808955748_1479792383_n I truly look forward to hanging out with these kids with their silly jokes and fake English accents [Deb’s note: Jacqui is from England]. You can really feel the love in the room; to open the door and hear a chorus of “Ms. Jacqui!” warms my heart, and I cannot wait to see the great heights that some of these beautiful young people will soar to. Seriously, we have woven a dance tapestry of individuals, and as good fortune would have it, we created something pretty special right here in our wonderful city. I am pretty sure you wouldn’t find anything like it anywhere else. FaithHalaskaNone of this would be possible without the AMAZING Faith Halaska, Company Director and my dear friend. To see her vision come to fruition is a great honor and I am delighted to be a part of the journey. Gingerbread Express sold out last year. Don’t be disappointed— purchase your tickets now.

Junior Company:  Olivia Baudhuin, Catherine Carroll, Peyton Davis, Serafina Ganther, Massara Hunsicker, Olivia Johnson, Thalicia Melendez, Gianna Melton, Lauren Moton, Joshua Newborn, Trinity Riley, Julia Schuessler, Jaron Tsuchiyama

Senior Company:  Agana Baertlein, Jasmyne Carter, Peyton Dahse, Emily Koranda, Erika Krstic, Chelsea Marek, Tatyana Melendez, Gabrielle Sustache

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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.