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Angela Weidner is our next Friday #FacultyFeature! Drop-in or sign up for one of Angela's Adult Tap classes which run Monday's from 12-1pm! Learn more about her below👇🏼Angela Weidner began dancing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since! She is versed in many styles, but she primarily focuses on jazz, tap with past foci on hip hop and dance team. Angela trained in the Madison, WI area for 15 years, competing at regional and national levels. In 2013, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Economics from UW-Milwaukee, minoring in Actuarial Science, Math, and Business. She is a proud alumni of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Dance Team, and she professionally danced for both the Milwaukee Brewer’s Diamond Dancers and the Milwaukee Buck’s Dancers. She has been choreographing, teaching, and coaching for numerous Milwaukee-based studios and high school dance teams throughout Wisconsin since 2010. In more recent years, Angela has been grateful to be a member of the Danceworks faculty in various capacities: Development and Programs Coordinator, Studio Faculty, Mad Hot Teaching Artist, Performer in the Ignite Hip Hop and Danceworks on Tap showcases, and member of Danceworks Performance MKE from 2019-2022. She especially loves sharing her love and passion for dance, as well as the lessons/values/healing it can instill, throughout the MKE community.Sign up for one of her Fall Classes at the #link in our #bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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Today we’re highlighting a special program we offer called EMOJI YOGI! This is an outreach program for K5 and 1st grade students that guides them 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 click the #linkinbio ⬆️.....#danceworks #danceworksmke #mke #milwaukee #milwaukeemonday #mkedance #milwaukeedance #dancemke #dancemilwaukee #nonprofit #mkenonprofit #mkenonprofits #milwaukeenonprofit #milwaukeenonprofits #outreach #communityoutreach #yoga #yogi #emojiyogi #chooselove #chooselovemovement #performingarts #artseducation ... See MoreSee Less
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DPMKE opens their season with BOUNDLESS October 27-29! Join them for this jazz dance inspired concert, where you will witness the diverse branches of the form come to life through visionary choreography of company members Christal Wagner, Gina Laurenzi and Gabi Sustache. Each of these talented choreographers draws inspiration from their roots in swing dance styling, Chicago jazz dance, or hip-hop, resulting in a concert experience that promises to captivate and entertain! 4 shows only!DPMKE presents: BoundlessFriday, October 27th: 8pmSaturday, October 28th: 4pm & 7pmSunday, October 29th: 2:30pmDanceworks Studio Theatre, 1661 N Water St. MilwaukeeTicket link: ... See MoreSee Less
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Let’s raise the level of laughter and love!

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Let’s raise the level of laughter and love! Does that sound corny? I don’t care. We need more laughter and love in our relationships, in our work situations, and (wouldn’t you agree?) in the world. We want you to hold Danceworks accountable for doing our part. Let’s start at the opening night of Mad Li(m)bs on Saturday, November 11th. If you don’t laugh, we’ll give you your money back. If you don’t feel the love, find someone to hug!


Supporter Cathy Costantini lighting up the room.


Did you know that this is Danceworks 25th Anniversary? It is, so I’d like to make a special acknowledgement of thanks to our co-founders Mary Newton and Polly Morris—the two responsible for bringing me around 15 years ago, and without whom none of us would be here. Bigger hearts and better laughs are tough to find. Thank you from all of us, Mary and Polly!


More on that theme…how about this Mad Li(m)bs collaboration with Andrea Moser and Jason Powell being sponsored by Jane Lewis and Mickey Maier?! AND they graciously hosted the opening night reception! (Jane and Mickey, you’re awesome.) I rarely see Jane without a huge smile on her face. Even though I stand behind her in Barre Workout, you know how it goes—when someone is full of cheer, their whole being radiates. Like Jane. (Mickey, you’re nice too.) Thank you, and thanks to all of you who, along with Jane and Mickey, celebrated the Company’s 21st Birthday party at Blu on October 17th. Did you love our Dazzy Blu cocktail? And the blueberries made it antioxidant healthy!


Jane and Mickey with Danceworks Artistic Director Dani Kuepper at Blu


You don’t usually think of accountants as fun-loving (no offense) but our new Board Chair, Rick Krueger, is at the head of the class in this category (fun-loving accountant), not to mention his crazy awesome ability to pound out charts, graphs and PowerPoint presentations, complete with ROIs, percentage variances, and comparisons, all in pretty colors, with his eyes closed. He has been making me smile for double the number of years of our average Mad Hot student. Danceworks took a giant step forward the day he came on (the) board. We welcome you in this new role, Rick!


Rick Krueger with his son Henry and Danceworks Board Member Kristin Bergstrom


Laughter come in all shapes and sizes—some people honk, some shake in silence then blast, others (like my mother) twitter, then there are the chucklers, the wheezers, and the belly-shaking hoot-and-hollerers. Our immediate past board chair, Debbie Gonzalez, is a giggler who sends bright sparks to the rafters. She stepped up to lead Danceworks through a board development year that also took us to a higher level with fastidious charm, inspiring the best in all those around her. Debbie has a heart of gold that will light up any room. Thank you for your awesome service, Debbie. We love you!


Board Member Debbie Gonzalez with Danceworks Registrar Jolie Collins


And we love all of you! Really, we do. Danceworks is about family—sticking it out through thick and thin—about community and moving ourselves and those around us to a higher level of joy, health and creativity. You can’t fake that. Believe me, I know.


So hold us accountable, and let’s work together to raise the level of laughter and love in Milwaukee, starting right now. What do ya’ say? Is that a deal…?

—Deb Farris

Are you ready to laugh? It’s not too late to get your tickets to Mad Li(m)bs, the first performance of Danceworks Performance Company’s 21st season. Click here for more information.

(Featured Image: Board Member Anthony Jones and Dani Kuepper)

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.