Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm Competition

This incredible annual celebration shows off the hard work of 4th – 6th grade students from 41 teams and 32 Milwaukee area schools, as they compete in three dance styles: Bhangra/Hip-Hop Fusion, Tap and Paso Doble. This is Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm!


MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2023
Competition 10:00am | Finals & Awards 12:30pm

Stop by anytime! The Competition will also be livestreamed on Facebook!
UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena
400 W. Kilbourn Avenue, Milwaukee, WI

Congratulations to our winners and to every student who participated in 2023 Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm Competition on April 17, 2023:

First Place – MacDowell Montessori
Second Place – Pilgrim
Third Place – Lincoln Avenue

Hip Hop/Bhangra Fusion:
First Place – MacDowell Montessori
Second Place – Renaissance Taylor
Third Place – Renaissance Villa

Paso Doble:
First Place – Story Elementary School
Second Place – Renaissance Villa
Third Place – Messmer Saint Mary

Teamwork Award– Parkside, Ms. Skoropat’s class
This class demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship through respect, encouragement, group problem solving, good communication, equal participation from all, offering support & having fun.

Most Improved Classroom Award– Westside, Ms. Cardwell’s class
This class demonstrated notable growth in areas of: dance technique, performance skills, confidence and respect.

Dancing With The Stars– MacDowell, Ms. Kiki

Couldn’t make it to the competition?

No worries! The competition can be streamed RIGHT NOW! Watch it from the comfort of your own home with the whole family! Feel free to drop a comment to cheer on your school or dancer. 

Watch the 2023 competition now!


Celebrating 17 years of Mad Hot in 2023!

Trowbridge School Representatives at the Mad Hot Rhythm 2022 Competition.

We are celebrating 17 years of Mad Hot in 2023!

17 years ago we started Mad Hot in just 3 schools. The program quickly spread, and this year the program is in 40 classrooms in 32 schools! While we weren’t able to serve quite as many schools in the 2021 year due to the pandemic, the program is thriving and we have a great bunch of dancers ready to show off their new skills! The mission and motivation of Mad Hot have always centered around the kids, and it remains the same after 17 years. Mad Hot Rhythm, formerly Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap, will culminate in a Competition at the Panther Arena in mid- April 2022.


We hope you can join us as we celebrate 17 years of Mad Hot dancing!

Danceworks Mad Hot in the Media

Danceworks Mad Hot in the Media

MHR Staff Page

Mad Hot Rhythm Teaching Artists should utilize this page for all information and documents related to their schools.

Head to MHR Staff Page

Questions about Danceworks Mad Hot Rhythm? Contact Jessica Fastabend, Community Programs Manager, at 414.277.8480, or via email.

Photos: Jeff Zmania