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It’s our first #MadHotMonday of 2023! 🔥💃 Save the date for this year’s #MadHotRhythm Competition, an incredible annual celebration that shows off the hard work of fourth, fifth and sixth grade students from Milwaukee area schools, as they compete in three dance styles: Hip-Hop/Bhangra Fusion, Pasodoble and Tap! This event is #free and open to the public on Monday, April 17, 2023 at the UW-Panther Arena. More information to be announced soon! Follow us @danceworksmke to stay in step ✅✨𝗖𝗮𝗻'𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻? No worries! The competition will be streamed live on Danceworks Facebook Page. Watch it live from the comfort of your own home or watch it later in the evening with the whole family! Feel free to drop a comment to cheer on your school or dancer. A Facebook account is not required to access the video stream. ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy #StudioSaturday! We are shining the spotlight on a new workshop: Coffee & Crafts! ☕️🧶 Crafts aren’t just for kids! Join us on the first Friday of the month (Next Up: Feb. 3!🗓️) from 1:15-2:30pm to create a seasonal masterpiece. Coffee and craft supplies will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring along their own snacks or lunch. Visit dwmke.org/workshops to #register today! ⬆️✨ ... See MoreSee Less
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First Impression

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

Luke in my office

I wondered what it was like to be thrown into Danceworks during one of our busiest times of year.  With all the assessing we do of our programs, I thought it might be fun to get a  “Pre” and “Post” assessment of what it’s like to work at Danceworks….  So, here goes the “Pre Assessment”.     –Deb Farris

A bright summer morning at the BMO Harris Bradley Center was where I began my exploration of the non-profit that is Danceworks. This May I began my internship at Danceworks, starting with volunteering at the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap (MHBT) Competition. Although I had heard of Danceworks prior to the event, I hoped to gain a framework of understanding of what Danceworks embodied. At the MHBT event I wasn’t prepared for the masses of youth who were filled to the brim with excitement and happiness to not only represent their schools and families, but most importantly, themselves.

As the day progressed I began interacting with parents, teachers and students, all who were eager for the competition to begin. The competition was the introduction of Danceworks for me. As I began my internship, I was unsure of what to expect. Since then, I have realized how important Danceworks’ mission is to the growth and development of youth.

At the MHBT Competition on May 18, I saw how much this event means for the student participants. It was just as rewarding from a volunteer newbie’s standpoint; their enthusiasm was in the air throughout the event! From just my experience at the Competition, I learned that the kids really see it as a way to not only express themselves but, moreover, to have fun. This annual Competition is a way for them to have a school related event where they can have fun with their friends and perform in an arena where they likely have seen their professional sports or music idols perform.

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
Martha Graham

My first impressions of Danceworks:

Community: From the Competition alone, I have seen that Danceworks brings people together. People from various parts of the Milwaukee area come to cheer on their children, all the while getting to know other parents with a similar goal—to see their children have fun.

LukeIncreased Emphasis on the Arts: From just these past few weeks I have seen firsthand how hard @danceworksmke strives to create classes, events and activities to increase exposure to the arts—in particular, dance. In recent years we have seen a decrease in arts education within schools because of major budgetary cut-backs. After the MHBT Competition I have seen that these students have a source to use their creativity and release stress from their everyday lives with their participation in Danceworks.

Growth: Through events such as the MHBT Competition, many kids participating displayed obvious joy in their dancing. Dance is a key way for an individual to express him/herself. Like other forms of art, dance is a language of the soul. Dance allows an individual to interpret emotion into a physically seen expression. Through their dance classes these kids can discover more about who they are, and more importantly, who they want to become.

–Luke Mitchelson



About Our Blog

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.