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Be the first to see the hottest new work in our community created by area performing artists from a variety of disciplines in GET IT OUT THERE. Immediately following each performance, audience members are invited to stick around to mingle and share feedback with artists! A variety of genres, including contemporary, dance theatre, voice and music composition will comprise the two distinct shows. This performance is presented through the Danceworks DanceLAB concert series.Show A (6pm) will include works by choreographers: Katelyn Altmann, Annie Wegner LeFort, Ashley Ray Garcia, Jessica Lueck, Erica Meier, Katie Edwards, and Kaitlyn Moore Saturday, October 7, 20236PM (Show A) and 8PM (Show 😎📍Danceworks Studio Theatre1661 N Water Street MKETicket #Link in #bio! ... See MoreSee Less
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🌟GIVEAWAY BELOW🌟The cultural event of the fall is right around the corner! Milwaukee Film invites you to an unparalleled cultural celebration at the 2023 Cultures & Communities Festival, presented by @brewers. Join the celebration October 5-12 for two weeks of groundbreaking films, cultural events, and compelling conversations - tickets on sale now: MKEFILM.ORG/CCF #CCFMKE @mkefilm Qualifications:🌟Like this post🌟Share this post🌟Tag 3 friends in the comments below!There will be 2 winners announced, each receiving 2 tickets to a film of their choice! Winners announced Monday September 25th, 2023! ... See MoreSee Less
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🌟ATTENTION🌟 Are you looking to become more involved in the arts within your community? We are hiring teaching artists to teach for our variety of community outreach programs starting this fall! Outreach Teaching Artists (TA) are ambassadors for Danceworks and help to implement the mission of the organization through the integration of arts into the educational system. It is the job of every TA to collaborate within each unique school setting to ensure that students have the maximum opportunity for an enjoyable, productive, challenging and meaningful experience with dance. The primary responsibility of a TA is to provide energetic, high quality dance instruction and performance coaching to all students, utilizing an appropriate and consistent class routine. Salary: Individual rates are based on education and experience. Lead Teaching Artists can earn between $25-$40/hour!Danceworks is committed to Milwaukee’s cultural vitality. We believe that representation is the key to meaningful arts education and community engagement. As such, we strongly encourage applications from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ identities as well as those who are members of other marginalized communities.If interested, please reach out to Danceworks Community Programs Manager, Jessica Fastabend, via email at by September 24, 2023! ... See MoreSee Less
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Spotlight on Timothy Westbrook

Posted on by Deborah Wenzler Farris

Here’s a look behind the scenes of our upcoming collaboration with Project Runway’s Timothy Westbrook and Danceworks Performance Company. Timothy discusses his work on the concert, Paleontology of a Woman, in an interview with Danceworks Marketing Manager, Lisa Wenzler below.

Fashion and dance? How fun! Get ready to experience a one of a kind experience. Join us at Next Act Theatre on Halloween weekend. Hope to see you there! —Deb Farris


Timothy Westbrook

Lisa: Timothy, how is this collaboration different from others you’ve participated in in the past?

Timothy: I have always had a very clear vision of what my projects look like. Collaborators in the other projects are following my prompts and while they give feedback, it never alters the presentation greatly from the first expectation of the project. In many ways I have acted as art director/producer for those projects and collaborators are the team following instruction.

With this project I feel as though it is a true collaboration. Each of the three contributing components are truly morphing and building a story together. I did not come into this project with expectations.

It has been an original, organic process where we (Dani Kuepper and DPC) all equally have a voice about the subject matter.

The level of positivity and professionalism that has been displayed has also been unmatched.

Dancers have a very specific discipline, because if they do not practice often they will lose their skill. Because of the level of detail, I have to be disciplined to work many hours a week. I find that my obsessive studio practice relates to the dedication of a dancer. And working with Danceworks has been down right fun!

Lisa: What prompted you to want to work with Danceworks Performance Company?

Timothy: Paleontology of a Woman, from the time of its first performance in 2009, has always been about movement. Alan Russell, the show composer, reached out to Danceworks, inviting them to attend the most recent evolution of the show last September. It was a very serendipitous merging of passions. After seeing their concert, Intersect, I knew that I HAD to work with them. Working with a dance company feels like the natural next step in the progression of my performances.

Lisa: How is designing/building costumes for dancers different from what you typically do?

Timothy: I work on a non-electric treadle sewing machine. All it does is sew a straight line forward. It doesn’t even go backwards. This type of stitch is not often used in dance wear.

I also love very structured garments and rarely work with stretchy material. Knitted fabrics are not in my fabric vocabulary, so this has been quite the experience. Creating successful leotards on the first try made it that much more exciting.

Dancers are not hesitant, they are not afraid of the shapes and expressions of their physicality. They are daring with their contortion and they know the capabilities of the body are limitless. They explore these human qualities in their skin every day but now that they are taking that journey to the new skin of my clothing—it has been wildly inspiring.

When I put a pair of pants on a person and ask, “Are they comfortable?” and the response of “Yes, very” is preceded by a cartwheel, you know it is going to be a good day. Clothing is meant to be moved in and lived in. Fashion shows only present the walking. Walking is only one thing we do while we live in our clothes. The dancers have enlivened the possibilities of what we can do in our clothing and they have re-imagined the silhouettes of my garments simply by existing in them.

Don’t miss Paleontology of a Woman, performed at Next Act Theatre, this upcoming Halloween weekend!
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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.