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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🎟️ dwmke.org/purchaseticketsExcited 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 www.danceworksmke.org/emoji-yogi/ ⬅️ ... See MoreSee Less
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Our students are putting those brand new light weight, adjustable barres to good use! A huge shoutout to all of the amazing Raise the Barre donors from this past summer. Because of YOU, we were able to purchase 27 new barres for the studio!! #thankyou If you donated $100 or more, your names are still going on the barre. Keep a lookout - coming soon 👀 ... See MoreSee Less
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Moving Milwaukee One Smile at a Time

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

 

Is there anything more beautiful than a smile? It can turn anyone’s day around. It is also more accepted than a hug or, God help you, a kiss on the side of the head like my brother always did (he didn’t hold back). But why should we? If there’s anything the world needs more of, it’s love.

 

And that is exactly what I felt as I walked into the studio the other morning to take my beloved Barre Workout class. What would I do without it? It keeps me flexible, balanced and strong, and it’s filled with the most incredible people. I’m always meeting someone new who I know for certain makes the world a better place – like Grace Sorbjan!

 

Some of Danceworks’ awesome students with instructor Kim Johnson after a Barre Workout class. Grace is in the 2nd row, 3rd from the left.

 

She looked vaguely familiar and when she greeted me with her contagious smile, I asked where I knew her from.

 

“My daughter used to take class here. I spent a lot of time in your lobby! She went off to college, so now it’s my turn!” Another big smile. “I exercised for an hour every day on my own starting in high school. In college, I added on step classes and weights. After I had a baby, I stopped moving. I gained 50 pounds.”

 

You can tell Grace has an indomitable spirit. It’s hard not to feel drawn to her—she exudes joy. Three years ago, at 50, she decided to get her first dog, Yoshi, out of the blue. This wasn’t just any dog, this was a 100-pound American Akita! Anyway, Grace is a lot of fun and when I asked if I could share her inspiration, she said, “Sure!”

 

Grace: I teach 4-year-old kindergarten at Martin Luther King School [one of the schools Danceworks does residencies in!]. This will be my 31st year. That’s where I get my spirit! I sit on the floor all the time with my class and I’m so happy I can sit criss-cross-applesauce.

 

I come to Danceworks because you make everyone so comfortable here – even if you’re overweight. I don’t go to gyms anymore for that reason. I feel out of place. Dance is one of the best forms of exercise. I love the physique of the dancers. They know the body so well and they know how to teach. The hardest part is getting your clothes on and getting out the door.

 

When I heard that Grace lost her husband unexpectedly not too long ago, I was all the more moved by her words and tenacity.

 

Grace: He was healthy and rode his bike. He was fit. After his diagnosis, we lost him in just six weeks. I realized then there was a reason I got that dog. He is my buddy and I’m sure that now my husband is glad that I got him too. Day by day we need to be grateful for what we have. I just hope that someone reads this and says, “I can do it, too!”

 

Maybe you’ve been holding off on taking that class you have always wanted to try, or are just in need of a little encouragement. I hope these words inspire you, as they did me, to stay moving forward in life.

 

If it’s your first class or, like for Grace, it’s been a while, Danceworks has something for everyone, and the best part is the people! Join the many who have discovered the joy. For more information on our fitness and dance classes of all levels 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.