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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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It’s Never Too Late to Take Your First Dance Class!

Posted on by 10Web Support

 

 

From the Desk of

Deborah Wenzler Farris,

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

We often associate dance with youth. When I was younger, the fact that I started dancing as an adult wasn’t something I talked about. I kept well-hidden the fact that I was a good decade behind my peers in experience (and also a decade or two older if we’re being totally honest).

 

As life has a way of turning things upside down, my age has now become a plus! It works to Danceworks’ advantage and to my own. As well it should. Somehow we have gotten this thing about aging backwards in modern day society. At 64, I’ve never been happier, even though my knee hurts, I no longer jump, and touching my toes is a stretch. Literally.

 

With the joy of witnessing our recent year-end showcase still lingering, (Did you see it? Was it awesome or what? What a great place to take class. Just sayin’) there is something else lingering in my thoughts that brings me joy. The parents and grandparents who attended!

(A few of Deb’s photos. Watch the video at the end for all my favorites of the day.)

 

I had the chance to share a few words before each of the performances. I knew well what my message would be. Come dance! But the truth was, I had not been dancing. A health issue interfered this past year and I stepped back from class. I didn’t want to be reminded of my new limitations. So I stopped going.

 

I realized though, that if I wanted to encourage anyone to give dance a try I had to get back to it myself. So I went. I let go of any expectation and just enjoyed the movement. But more than the movement, I enjoyed the companionship. One of my favorite moments is watching the regulars welcome the newbies. “How did it feel?” And then they listen and answer questions, just mostly sharing in their renewed joy and newfound health together.

 

“My only regret,” one of our board member barre workout regulars, Kristin Bergstrom, says, “is that I waited so long to do this! If I can do it, anyone can.” I never get tired of hearing her say that and I love being in class with her.

 

So, as I was offering my goodbyes to the families leaving the showcase, an elderly gentleman leaned over from his family and said, “You really didn’t start until you were an adult? Do you really teach older people?”

 

“Yes, really!” I said. “And yes, we really do!”

 

“Even men? Because I’m 82 and have always wanted to audition for the Buck’s dance team. I think that looks like a lot of fun.”

 

“Well, you’ve found the right place! See you this summer?”

 

He smiled and I have a really good feeling I’ll be seeing him this summer.

 

Now, how about you…?!

 

You can find out more about classes here.

 

And just for a little fun, here’s a video of my pictures from the Showcase (made with Majesto). Meet the Danceworks team or find your favorite dance teacher! Hope to see you soon!

 



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.