The Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy is having It’s Open House week, January 22-27, 2018!

The Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy is having It’s Open House week, Jan 22-27


Friends, family, and general public can attend our classes to view our curriculum, faculty, and services. 

It’s the best way for them to experience all the MBSA has to offer.
Our classes are offered in three convenient locations: Downtown Milwaukee, Fox Point, and Brookfield.

See our locations! 
Consider our curriculum.
Learn about our esteemed faculty and staff.

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy offers classes for ages 3 and up. No prior experience is necessary. See all the class information here

Enroll to Save!
New students can receive 50% off their first month of tuition with code: FIRST50.

Student must be enrolled by February 1st to receive this discount and be eligible to perform in our showcase performance in May – The Adventures of The Cippolino.
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Dianné Aldrich’s to teach Luigi Jazz Dance Technique for UW Health, Starts January 22, 2018!

NEW!!! Dance for Health at UW Health with Dianné Jean Aldrich

Enjoy the pleasure of a great workout through dance. Learn about your body, explore graceful alignment, achieve solid balance, increase strength and maximize flexibility. The Luigi Jazz Dance Technique was originally designed as a rehabilitation practice and went on to train the best dancer/performers in the world including Liza Minnelli, John Travolta, Susan Stroman, Bette Midler and many, many more. All levels of experience from the dance beginner to the seasoned professional will benefit from this technique. Dianné Jean Aldrich, a professional NYC dancer, is a long time Master Teacher of this fun and classic technique.

Winter offers an 8 week series that meets every Monday from 1:15 – 2:15 pm beginning January 22nd, 2018. Held in the Wellness Studio. Cost: $80 REGISTER HERE

Kanopy Dance’s, Dark Tales, February 9-11 and 16-18, 2018!

Dark Tales

Presented by Urban Land Interests and The Century House

Guest Artists: Steve Wasson and Corinne Soum, Directors of Theatre de l’Ange Fou; Sandra Kaufmann; former soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company; and Deborah Zall former soloist in the Martha Graham Dance Company and Artistic Director of Deborah Zall Dance NYC.

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State Street Madison, WI 53703

Fri: 7:30pm      
Sat: 5pm
Sat: 8pm
Sun: 2:30pm
Buy Tickets

Overture Center Security and Safety Guidelines
Tickets:, 608.258.4141

Ticket Prices: $29/general, $22/students, $14/children, youth

Something is happening to the women.
They are disappearing.
They are suffering.
They must be heard.

Kanopy is pleased to once again collaborate with renowned corporeal mime company Theatre de l’Ange Fou on two tales from the somber end of the spectrum; “Bluebeard Through The Looking-Glass Darkly” and “The Melancholy of Angels.” Explore the legend of Bluebeard, the merciless man who murders his wives and stores them in the cellar of his castle. Then witness a modern response to violence against women in Sandra Kaufmann’s “A People’s Cry.” See Deborah Zall’s “La Bonne Dame: Remembering George Sand.” Finally, consider Lisa Thurrell’s “Lamentation Variation,” inspired by Martha Graham’s masterwork of grief personified in collaboration with the Martha Graham Company.

Pre-Show Talk Opening Night
Friday Feb 9, 7:00-7:30pm, Promenade Hall, Overture Center 
Show ticket or ticket stub to Dark Tales for admittance. 
Meet the artists.

Master Class 
Guest Artist Guest Artist Sandra Kaufmann
Thursday Feb 8, 4:30-6pm, Kanopy Studio, 341 State St Madison WI 53703

Photography by Shawn Harper

Danceworks DanceLAB presents, Get It Out There, Saturday, January 20!

Area choreographers present new works
in Danceworks DanceLAB’s Get It Out There, January 20

Danceworks DanceLAB will present the latest installment of Get It Out There on January 20, 2018 at the Danceworks Studio Theatre, 1661 N. Water Street, in Milwaukee. Get It Out There is a concert featuring new work created by local performing artists from various disciplines. Immediately following each performance, audience members are invited to stick around to mingle and share feedback with artists.

Danceworks Senior Director of Programs Kim Johnson-Rockafellow has seen the number of artists looking to participate in Get It Out There increase over the years. “This upcoming concert is a testament to the need for performance opportunities in our community. Once again, we will be having two separate performances to showcase all of the accepted choreographers,” said Johnson-Rockafellow. “I’m especially excited for this concert due to the fact that there are more dance genres being shown, including Classical Indian, Irish, Latin, Hip Hop and Modern Dance.

Choreographer Michaele Chaigneau-Norton, who has also participated in past installments of 
Get It Out There, commented that Get It Out There “gives you a chance to better understand the myriad of ways that the arts touch people and get a better, more complete picture of how they might interpret what you are showing them.” Chaigneau-Norton’s work will be included in Show A of January’s concert.

Audiences are invited to make a night of it, and dine between performances! Nearby restaurant DiModa Pizza, 1758 N. Water Street, has partnered with Danceworks to offer a 10% discount to patrons of 
Get It Out There when they show their ticket stub on January 20th. DiModa encourages diners to make a reservation, especially if they will be dining between Show A & B. Reservations can be made via phone at 414-331-0020 or through the OpenTable website or app.

Show A (6:00 PM) will feature works by:
Emily Bennett/Emily Bolwerk, Debrasha Rogers/Wanyah Frazier, Michaele Chaigneau-Norton, Zachary Byron Schorsch, Maggie Seer, Catey Ott-Thompson, Kate Vetter/Fusion Dance, Cyenthia Vijayakumar
Show B (8:00 PM) show will include works by:
Elena Cusak, Piper Morgan Hayes, Kho Lor, Gina T’ai, Cyenthia Vijayakumar, Hannah Voelkel
Danceworks Studio Theatre – 1661 N Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202
Show A – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Show B – Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Show A or B:
Advance Purchase Tickets: $13 Reserved Seating / $10 General Admission / $8 Student & Senior
Walk-Up Tickets: $13 General Admission / $10 Student & Senior
Tickets for both Show A and B: $15 (advance purchase only)

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, calling the Danceworks Box Office at 414-277-8480 ext. 6025, or visiting Danceworks, located at 1661 N. Water Street in Milwaukee.

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). For more information about Danceworks DanceLAB, visit the Danceworks website at

Danceworks DanceLAB is an experimental performance initiative dedicated to pushing artists and audiences to expand their thinking about dance as an art form. Focusing on collaboration, fusion of forms and current trends in the field, many DanceLAB events include educational components to encourage artist-to-audience dialogue and participation. DanceLAB honors and nurtures the development of dance by offering year-round opportunities: performances, internships, mentorships, space access and advocacy for artists serving the Milwaukee community.


The Bourrée Project

The Parkinson’s Dance Class was launched in 2009 with support from Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin.  There are currently two classes in the Milwaukee area; one class meets at the Harry and Rose Samson Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Whitefish Bay and the other class meets at the West Suburban YMCA, Wauwatosa.  

Susanne Carter (WDC Career Recognition Award 2010) teaches the class in Wauwatosa and Susanne team teach the class in Whitefish Bay with Tom Thoreson, Kate Mann, Jane Brooks Reilly and Barb Wesson.

Below are performances of the Bourrée Project from each class location. To learn more about the Bourrée Project, see the article in the upcoming Wisconsin Dance Council Newsletter.

The Bourrée Project-TheParkinson’s Dance Class at the JCC
August 11, 2017


The Bourrée Project-The Parkinson’s Dance Class at the YMCA
July 27, 2017

Try It Week at Danceworks, January 2-6 and January 8!

What: A full week of free dance classes for adults at Danceworks
When: Tuesday, January 2 – Monday, January 8, 2018
Where: Danceworks, 1661 N. Water St. Milwaukee, WI 53202
More info:

If you’re a NEW student to Danceworks and not sure what class you want to take–we’ve got good news! Try any* adult class on us during the week of Tuesday, January 2 – Monday, January 8. After you’ve found the right class for you, you’ll save 20% when you register for a full 8-week winter or spring session of classes. Try as many classes as you’d like that are appropriate for your experience level! Dancing with a friend is more fun so invite one or two to come try a class with you!

Already a student at Danceworks? We’ve got a deal for you, too! 
Register in full for a NEW class for the 8-week Winter Session and receive 20% off. (A new class qualifies as a class that you have not purchased an 8-week session for in the past.) Register in full for ANY class for the 8-week Spring Session and receive 20% off when paying in full.

One discount per student.

*Please note that the only Barre Workout class available to try out during Try It Week is the Wednesday 7-8am class. 

No pre-registration required. Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis.

Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance and Peter Baime present Recuerdos Flamencos!

Don’t miss Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance for their annual scholarship fundraiser featuring Emmy Award-winning flamenco guitarist Peter Baime, Tania Tandias and the 2017 Jennifer Schmitz Memorial Scholarship recipients! Come join us for an evening of Spanish dance and music at the cozy Lakeside Street Coffee House on Saturday, January 6, 2018!

Photo of Ms. Tandias by Matzner Photography

Michael Pink will appear as Drosselmeyer at the December 22, 7:30pm performance of The Nutcracker!


Milwaukee Ballet’s Artistic Director Michael Pink will appear as the mysterious toymaker Drosselmeyer at the December 22, 7:30pm performance of The Nutcracker.

“For many years, members of my family and the Company have tried to coax me back to the stage with the role of Drosselmeyer,” said Pink. “I thought I had successfully resisted the temptation until the celebration of the 40th anniversary arrived. Despite my absence from the stage and a slow recovery from foot surgery, I look forward to sharing with stage with my wonderful Company of artists. I’m also relying on my wife Jayne, a Pilates instructor, to get me back in shape.”

Pink’s anniversary performance on December 22 is proudly presented by Susanna and Justin Mortara.

There have been several versions of The Nutcracker performed by Milwaukee Ballet during the last 40 years. The current version is choreographed by Pink, and appreciated for its humor, colorful characters, and sense of childlike wonder.

The Nutcracker is Milwaukee’s largest holiday spectacle, featuring a cast of more than 200 dancers and 42 musicians. Tchaikovsky’s score is performed live by Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. Nearly 180 children from Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy perform, as well as the young artists of Milwaukee Children’s Choir. This production includes imaginative set pieces, period costumes, and special effects.

Pink choreographed the classic with plenty of action to keep the audience enchanted whether they are seeing it for the first time, or the fortieth. The Nutcracker features four casts that change every performance, ensuring the audience sees a different show every time they come to the theater.

The Nutcracker is a gift to Milwaukee from BMO Harris Bank. This is the fifth year BMO Harris Bank has sponsored the production. Milwaukee Ballet’s 2017-18 Season is presented by Donna and Donald Baumgartner, with operational support from the United Performing Arts Fund.

The Nutcracker is supported by the Joan, Jack, and Victor Stein Foundation.

Dance Wisconsin’s Nutcracker Ballet December 16-17, 2017!


Nutcracker Ballet functions as Dance Wisconsin’s largest production each season. With a cast of up to 120, dancers from throughout southern Wisconsin, performers participate and work together to create this seasonal favorite.  Live choral music with Monona High School vocalists and orchestral music with the Dance Wisconsin orchestra accompany the ballet.