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#ThrowbackThursday to "Enchanted Park(ing Lot)" with Danceworks Performance MKE & Milwaukee Opera Theatre! It's humbling to see how far we've come from performing outside in a parking lot. Our artists are excited to be back indoors, performing at the Baumgartner Center for Dance for DPMKE's upcoming show, “I Am Because You Are”. Purchase tickets today at 🎟 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐-𝟐𝟑 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐛𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐛𝐞𝐫? A Subscription to the 22-23 DPMKE 3-show season is only $90 (a $115 value!). Each subscription includes premium seating of your choice and an exclusive champagne toast at our first show of the season. Season Subscriptions must be reserved by November 5. Find more information when you go to ⬅️ ... See MoreSee Less
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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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How Learning to Tango is Like Building a Nonprofit

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

A Tango lesson is about timing, taking it a step at a time, building strong relationships, taking risks, being resilient, believing in yourself and finding the joy. Read on to learn how observing faculty and students inspires my continued appreciation of dance, work and Danceworks.

Lesson 1: Pay attention to timing

You have to jump in or you might miss an opportunity. Know when to hold back a beat or two—quick quick slow slow—or you might take on too much too soon and lose the flow.

Lesson 2: Take it a step at a time

Start small, listen to the music. In Tango you start with the basic step which gets you headed in the right direction. Work within your means. Lack of assets can promote even greater creativity and resourcefulness.

Lesson 3: Build strong partnerships

Be flexible. Value your relationships above all else. Know when it’s your role to lead and when to follow.

Lesson 4: Be resilient

Argentina and Uruguay are divided by the La Plata River. During the 19th century, as part of a plan for development, immigrants flocked there hoping for work and prosperity. Dreams didn’t come true for many and they had to live with a lot of  poverty and crime. The strength of the human spirit rose above the situation as people turned to music and dancing to distract themselves from disappointment. But with all the different backgrounds, African and South American styles started to blend with the polka and waltz of the European styles. Tango slowly began to form.

Lesson 5:  Learn to face rejection

The tango was first rejected by the conservative 19th Century upper class. They found its passion and fire inappropriate for their lifestyle. But in France, it attracted enthusiastic fans and before long all of Paris was dancing. It spread and slowly the upper class joined in. In the end, the Tango became a standard dance around the world.

Lesson 6: Believe in yourself

If you don’t have confidence right away, pretend that you do until you gain the experience and tools necessary to make it real. Think dancer posture–stand tall, straight spine, chin up, and lift your eyes off the floor. Steady your torso and keep moving, even if you screw up. In the end, it’s about overcoming fear, about courage.

Lesson 7: Find the joy

Photo credit: Christal Wagner

Passion and fire are your fuel.

The dance is within us all, helping us overcome adversity, connecting us to each other and to the rhythm of life.

The dance comes to life with inspiration, enthusiasm, commitment, discipline and patience. The dance improves our quality of life, provides healthy social interaction, reduces conflict, improves health. Dance works.

5 6 7 8! Join us for the 11th Annual Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom Competition.


What: Students from 45 Milwaukee area schools come together to compete in Salsa, Tango, and Swing!
When: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1:30pm | Finals & Awards 4pm
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center | 1001 N. 4th St. Milwaukee

Students from 45 participating schools will perform in front of an audience of thousands of friends, family and community members, sharing the new dance steps they learned over the course of the Mad Hot program. The experience for the young people to perform on the floor of the BMO Harris Bradley Center is immeasurable!

*This event is FREE and open to the public!

Volunteers Needed!

This is the program’s 11th year, and we couldn’t have come this far without all our wonderful volunteers! Please consider joining the fun and giving us a few hours of your time. Volunteers not only have the rewarding experience of being part of this amazing event, they also receive 2 free Danceworks class cards and a volunteer t-shirt.

To see the volunteer descriptions, click here.


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.