Your Support Makes a Difference

We are grateful to celebrate the strength and resolve of our community of dancers, students, artists, teachers, donors, volunteers, staff and audience members that make up Danceworks.

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We’ve been honored to spread joy, health and creativity across the community for 29 years now. Every day we connect with our communities both near and far through dance, feeling grateful for every opportunity we have to continue to move through these challenging years together. When we have needed you most, you have shown up in little and big ways so that we can keep showing up for you. Whether you have taken a class, applauded at a show, volunteered your time or made a donation, YOU have made it possible for us to continue our mission and keep the dance going over the years. Thank you!


We have so much to be grateful for as we near the end of 2021. With incredible support from our funders and partners, we have been able to continue our youth and adult studio and virtual classes, outreach programs like Generations and Mad Hot Rhythm, and performances, embracing the changes and pivots we have had to make along the way due to the ongoing pandemic. We are delighted to have grown our community through the virtual world and welcome dancers of all ages back through our doors with enhanced safety procedures this year. This is an immeasurable privilege that would not be possible without your support. A new year brings a new season of Mad Hot Rhythm and its safe return to 31 classrooms, Generations, Studio Classes, Performances and more!


We hope you’ll join us in participating in Danceworks’ 2022 offerings in any way, shape or form!

Consider a Gift in support of Danceworks

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Danceworks is not just home to a dance studio and performance company; it’s also a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization! We believe in arts education as a powerful tool to enhance the joy, health and creativity of our beloved Milwaukee community, but we can’t do it alone!

Each year, your support helps us serve more than 55,000 youth and adults through performances, studio classes and workshops, and community programming. Support for Danceworks in 2020-21 will help us recover and rebuild during these unprecedented times. Your support will help us provide needed programming in the community and retain our roster of professional artists and instructors. It will allow us to keep our doors open to all in the Milwaukee community to ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable arts activities. Through the generous support of individuals, corporations and foundations, Danceworks will continue to fulfill its mission, and contribute to Milwaukee’s cultural vitality by sparking a lifelong interest and participation in the arts.


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Last day of classes with Bruce Guadalupe Community School and their final art project of the year with Miss Jessica and Miss Jolie; Generations April 2021

Danceworks relies on generous community support from donors like YOU to…


  • provide low- or no-cost arts education programming to local schools and community organizations;
  • offer scholarships for a wide range of dance classes for children, adults and seniors at our Water Street studio and satellite locations;
  • and produce professional dance performances through our resident company, as well as performances for our youth performance company, and produce dance performances by both emerging and established local, regional and national performers.


Students from Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning performing at the UW Panther Arena for the 2019 Mad Hot Ballroom Competition. Photo by Jeff Zmania.

Every dollar helps us reach our goal:


  • $15 provides a studio dance or fitness class for a new adult student, college student, educator, professional mover or veteran.

  • $50 underwrites an evening of rehearsal space for Danceworks Youth Performance Company.

  • $100 provides a partial studio scholarship for a youth or adult student.

  • $250 supports Intensive Study Scholarships for students 16+.

  • $500 sponsors a Danceworks Performance MKE artist.

  • $1,000 sponsors one Generations adult or youth site to participate in 15 weeks of intergenerational dance and visual arts programming.

  • $2,000 sponsors one classroom to participate in a year of Mad Hot Rhythm.


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Become a Monthly Supporter of Danceworks!

Did you know you can make a monthly or weekly donation to Danceworks?

Reoccurring donations help provide Danceworks with a continued and sustainable source of funding that helps us plan ahead and continue serving our community. As a reoccurring donor you can contribute through an easy, automated monthly or weekly gift. Your contribution will be automatically charged to your credit card each month, and you may change or cancel your gift at any time.


Thank you to our Monthly and Weekly Donors!
Bob Balderson
Patrick J O’Day
Jill Tovarek-Welker
Stephanie Wesselowski
Anonymous Donor
Timothy Somers
Donors as of September 1, 2021


Click here to become a monthly donor

For more information about supporting Danceworks, contact Julia Dorf, Development Manager, at 414.277.8480 or via email. Please note that all donations are considered a gift and are non-refundable. If you would like your gift to be directed to a specific area of Danceworks, please note it on the online donation form.