Danceworks Inc’s Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition is This Weekend

2,200 area young people to participate in citywide competition:

Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap 10th Anniversary Competition

May 21, 2016 • The BMO Harris Bradley Center


MILWAUKEE… Twenty-two thousand local 4th through 6th graders from 43 schools—40 of those schools from MPS—will take center stage at The BMO Harris Bradley Center on May 21 in the tenth annual, citywide Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap (Mad Hot) Competition. The Mad Hot Competition draws the community together unlike any other event. This fun-filled and family friendly event takes place all day—kicking off at 9:30 a.m. and lasting until approximately 4:30 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, located at 1001 N. 4th Street in downtown Milwaukee. This event is free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to come and go during the day as they please.


The first heat of the Tap competition begins at approximately 9:30 a.m.—showcasing Funky, Latin and Swing styles of Tap. The final round of the Tap competition is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. The Ballroom competition will start at approximately 1:30 p.m and features Paso Doble, Swing and Samba, with the final round of the Ballroom competition taking place at approximately 4:30 p.m.


This year marks the 10th anniversary of this transformational program. Since the program’s inception in 2006, over 21,000 city youth have been positively impacted by the joy, health and creativity Danceworks brings to our city through Mad Hot.


Modeled after the successful New York City schools program featured in the hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, Danceworks Mad Hot engages students in the classroom by incorporating arts education into the school day that wouldn’t otherwise be there. Mad Hot promotes students’ social and emotional development, while increasing their respect for self and others as well as their physical activity.


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Students receive 24 hours of instruction from professional teaching artists over 12 weeks—plus three weeks of teambuilding exercises prior to the program. The majority of schools are located in low-income neighborhoods of the city (please see list below).


“Danceworks Mad Hot’s dance steps get our city’s youth stepping in the right direction—helping them become more socially and emotionally competent and more physically active during the school day,” said Danceworks Executive Director Deborah Farris.


“We have found that once students try dance through Danceworks Mad Hot, most discover that they’re good at it and that they like it. This experience connects them to their classmates and radiates into other areas of their lives,” Farris continued. “Teachers tell us that Mad Hot provides students with a venue for success, builds their self-esteem and creates teamwork within the classroom.”


“Ultimately, we believe that Mad Hot helps students grow into healthy, confident individuals who have a positive impact on our community.”


Kluge School

Lloyd Barbee Montessori

Lowell Elementary

MacDowell Montessori School

Maryland Avenue Montessori

Milwaukee College Prep-36th Street

Milwaukee College Prep-38th Street

Milwaukee College Prep-Lloyd Street*

Milwaukee Environmental Sciences School

Milwaukee French Immersion School

Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts

Neeskara School

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee

Pierce School

Roosevelt Elementary School

Sherman Multicultural Arts School

Siefert School

Story School

Trowbridge School

Vieau School

Westside Academies I and II


Danceworks Mad Hot 2015-16 Participating Schools

ALBA Elementary

Auer Avenue School

Benjamin Franklin School

Bethune Academy

Brown Street Academy

Browning School

Clarke Street School

Clement Avenue School

Cooper School

Craig Montessori School

Doerfler School

Eighty First Street School­­­*

Elm Creative Arts School

Elm Dale

Forest Home Avenue School

Fratney School

Greenfield (Bilingual) School

Hampton School

Hartford University School

J.W. Riley

Keefe Avenue

Kilbourn Elementary School



Danceworks, Inc., enhances the joy, health and creativity of our community through performances, classes and outreach activities integrating dance and other art forms. Danceworks is a member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).


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