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Kicking off this week with a #motivationmonday post from DW’s Artistic Director, @danikuepper, as she talks about making work for an intergenerational cast 💙 Check out her latest project TODAY! The first 3/4 parts of “Winter of Gratitude” are available to view now when you go to 👈

"Winter of Gratitude" is a 4-part & fully virtual intergenerational dance performance featuring performing artists from Danceworks Performance MKE, Danceworks Youth Performance Company and 50+ Performance Workshop. 🎫 Tickets for Parts I-III are available to purchase on a "pay-what-you-wish" scale. Playback will be available from time of purchase, until March 19, 2021 ⏯
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All Kids Deserve an Arts Education

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris


My path crosses with artists every day who are dedicated to helping students have a successful experience in the classroom. Danceworks teaching artist–actress, singer, dancer–Haley Haupt has been covering some territory lately.


Haley with MPS student


When Haley stopped by Danceworks to pick up her teaching schedule, I found out she had just returned from teaching for MPS–Mumbai Public Schools! That was great to hear because we happened to have a School Day Off Workshop coming up with a theme on India. Haley paid our students a visit.


Haley sharing stories about India with Danceworks School Day Off students


You can imagine the fun as our students learned about students from “MPS” in another part of the world. They also experienced some traditional Indian attire.



Haley takes her ability to connect with young people into our MPS (Milwaukee Public Schools) where she is currently an assistant in Danceworks Mad Hot.


Haley assisting a Mad Hot student


It takes patience, persistence and perseverance to be a good teacher and makes all the difference in a student’s life. All students deserve a well-rounded, healthy, creative education.


Sometimes a student needs special encouragement


We know that many students have difficulty focusing. If there is anyone who empathizes with kids who can’t sit still, it’s dancers.


Students begin to connect to classmates they wouldn’t otherwise, they gain confidence, and those who didn’t participate in class discussions previously often begin to raise their hands.


Kids are kids, wherever they are.


Dance provides foundational classroom team-building opportunities across the world. Kids are kids.



Great teachers are the world’s great gifts and a source of inspiration for far more than they will ever realize. Their impact goes on and on and on. Thank you Haley, for all your inspiration from Milwaukee to Mumbai!


And YOU can come experience some great teaching and a taste of India right here at Danceworks. Discover how fun a Bollywood dance class is, Wednesday evenings from 6:15-7:15 through April 25!


Thanks for the visit! Hope to see you soon–

Deb Farris


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.