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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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Our students are putting those brand new light weight, adjustable barres to good use! A huge shoutout to all of the amazing Raise the Barre donors from this past summer. Because of YOU, we were able to purchase 27 new barres for the studio!! #thankyou If you donated $100 or more, your names are still going on the barre. Keep a lookout - coming soon 👀 ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I have never been so aware of the power in the name of this Holiday as I am this year.

I had walked into Danceworks’ lobby a couple weeks ago and the seats were filled with a group of 50+ Tap students who had just finished their class with Amy. Their faces were flush and glowing. We started talking—these are some of the greatest people I know—and I mentioned how our annual meeting was coming up. I said I wanted thankfulness to be our theme this year.

“Oh Debbie,” Kathy said, “Why, you need to have that every day!  I am thankful every day!” And it’s true—you can tell it by looking at Kathy. She’s been around Danceworks as long as I have, probably longer, and whenever I see her, I’m immediately warmed inside. She shared her secret why with me that day. It’s not that I don’t try to be thankful every day but I’m embarrassed by how quickly I can misplace it.

Feeling worn around the edges after work early this week, I carried my concerns in through the back door at home that night. Everything seemed a little out of place—nothing big, just a bunch of little things which had built up. I took them to bed with me and they were still there when I woke up. I answered an early phone call and then stopped to take a minute to scroll through Facebook on my phone. I saw this YouTube link, “The Science of Happiness”, posted by one of my staff. I watched it and was so quickly reminded how happiness is based on gratitude. I took a deep breath, changed my attitude and was amazed at how my spirits lifted. (Thanks Rach, Facebook and YouTube.)

I will prepare today for Thanksgiving tomorrow, both in my heart and while making my Mom’s pumpkin pie recipe. I will let Kathy’s voice ring in my head, “I am thankful every day!” I will try to let it ring so loud that others will be sure to hear.

We are so thankful for all of you! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Danceworks!

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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.