Milwaukee Ballet is taking dance to the streets with their new initiative, Ballet Beat!

The Milwaukee Ballet is taking dance to the streets with their new initiative, Ballet Beat.

Ballet Beat is an opportunity to engage with the Milwaukee community during the city’s most vibrant season, the summer. Beginning July 7, the Company’s professional dancers have been visiting libraries and community centers throughout the Greater Milwaukee area with free interactive activities and performances.

Milwaukee Ballet proudly presents a free performance to celebrate the finale of Ballet Beat on Thursday, July 27. Watch the international dancers shine in a unique outdoor performance. Soak in Milwaukee’s beautiful summer as you enjoy a world-class dance performance including excerpts from La Bohéme and Swan Lake, as well as invigorating new contemporary work. The finale performance will take place at 7pm at the Peck Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. No RSVPs required. First come, first serve.

Ballet Beat is made possible in partnership with UPAF Connect, an outreach program dedicated to increasing the accessibility of the performing arts.

See the Ballet Beat schedule here and don’t forgot to join us for Ballet Beat’s free Finale Performance on Thursday, July 27. 

Ballet Class at Intercontinental Milwaukee on July 11, 2017 where the public could see Milwaukee Ballet Dancers taking class (Photography by Rachel Malehorn).

This photograph was also taken at the Intercontinental Milwaukee on July 11, 2017 (Photography by Rachel Malehorn).

Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Summer Intensive July 17-28!

Register for Madison Contemporary Vision Dance’s Summer Intensive July 17-18!

Madison Contemporary Vision Dance
Pre-Professional Intensive for intermediate and advanced level dancers ages 11-25

July 17-28
July 29 Performance
Classes 10am-3pm
Carpooling available!

Directors Ally Kenison, Sara Rohs and Michael Knight

Dancers will have classes in the following areas:
Aerial Silks, Acro, Underwater Ballet, Leaps and Turns, Auditions 101, Improvisation, Choreography, Partnering, Contemporary. Jazz, Lyrical. Hip Hop. Ballet, and Modern

Carpooling available!

Talented Guest Teachers.  Focus on Dance Physiology and Careers in the Dance Field. Gain Technique, Confidence, Creativity, and Stage Presence.

Bring Your Dancing to the Next Level!
Register now.

Danica Sena is Teaching Master Class at the WDC 2017 Conference on August 19!

Danica Sena is teaching Master Class at the Wisconsin Dance Council’s 2017 Conference from 10:45am to 12:15am!

Please see the 2017 Conference Invitation for more information.

Participants to Danica’s class will be introduced to the key elements of Flamenco Dance and music via specific historical and cultural context.  The physical movement aspect of this class will include basic rhythmic clapping/accompaniment, torso, arm and hand movement, footwork as well as a full combination that will be showcased later in the conference.  **NOTE:  You will need flamenco, character shoes, classical jazz shoes, OR hard soled shoes with a closed toe and at least 2″ heel.  BARE FEET, SNEAKERS, FLIP-FLOPS, SANDALS, ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Danica Sena is an internationally-acclaimed Master flamenco and Spanish dance teacher, choreographer and performer.  Having resided in Spain for a decade (1990-2000), her intrinsic cultural understanding of the art she imparts combined with a unique methodology and passion for teaching has made her one of the most-solicited in her field.  She has created, performed and produced over 200 original works for television, independent film and stage in Spain, Japan, Czech Republic, Mexico and the United States.  While residing in Spain she was selected among 5000 national auditioners to perform alongside 120 artists in Japan. 

During this two-year contract Ms. Sena founded the “Ago Arena Festival” in Ugata, a free, 2-day performance which showcased the choreographic talents of emerging young Spanish artists.  Her film “Continuum” was featured in San Francisco’s 2014 debut of the Tiny Dance Film Festival and the following “Light Interrupted” received widespread acclaim.  Classical/Opera credits include “The Nutcracker”, “La Traviata”, “Carmen”, “Don Quijote”, ‘’La Vida Breve”, “El Amor Brujo”.  Zarzuela credits include “La Rosa del Azafrán”, “Agua, Azúcar y Aguardiente”, “El Zapatero Prodigioso”. 

In February of 2017 she was awarded a 3-week residency in Dallas to choreograph and perform in Orchestra of New Spain’s “Misa Flamenca, From the Cathedral to the Streets”, a groundbreaking fusion of Baroque composition, contemporary ballet, live flamenco from Spain and digital projections of paintings by emerging Mexican artist Juan Carlos del Valle.  In April of 2017 she was brought as guest artist to collaborate with Madison’s renowned Kanopy Dance in the groundbreaking fusion production of “Snapshots of Spain”. 

Ms. Sena is the founder and artistic director of performing company, Andanza Spanish Arts, resident choreographer for Her Rebel Highness, an original SF musical revue, and a proud faculty member since 2004 of ODC, a groundbreaking contemporary arts institution with longstanding roots in the San Francisco dance community. Ms. Sena has acted as adjunct faculty member of Dominican University, University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University.  She is the winner of the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Dancer’s Choice Award.  She is honored and proud to be considered a cultural ambassador to Spain via the bi-continental communities she has created and continues to foment as a result of a passionate and lifelong dedication to Flamenco and Spanish dance.

Email the Wisconsin Dance Council if you have questions:

Ryan Cappelman is Teaching Master Class at the WDC 2017 Conference on August 19!

Ryan Cappelman is teaching Master Class at the Wisconsin Dance Council’s 2017 Conference from 9:00am to 10:30am!

Please see the 2017 Conference Invitation for more information.

Ryan’s class focuses on the storyline in musical theater and bringing a character to life through dance. Students will work on stamina, picking up choreography fast, and implementing, creating, and finessing strong character ideas simultaneously. 

Ryan Cappleman is a performer, choreographer, music director, director, and teacher in the Milwaukee area. As a performer favorite roles include the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, Woof in Hair both at Skylight Music Theater, Jake in Waiting a Song Cycle off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theater, The Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins at Windfall Theater, and Fagin in Oliver! as a guest artist with UW Waukesha. Ryan has earned eight Tommy Awards for his work in High School Musical Theater programs. He has taught for Danceworks, Skylight, First Stage, Children’s Theatre of Madison, Northbrook Theater for Young Audiences, the Overture Center, and the Virginia State Thespian Conference. He has a BFA in Musical Theater performance from UW Milwaukee.
Email the Wisconsin Dance Council if you have questions:

Wild Space Celebrates Three Decades of Dance with “Wild at 30”!

Something Old, Something New, Something Wild

Enter a wild space 30 years in the making! Wild Space Dance Company celebrates the past, present and future with Wild at 30 at Next Act Theatre’s Performance Space. Wild at 30 brings together past collaborators, alumni and current company in a performance that moves from the Next Act main stage to site-based vignettes in the lobby, hallways and rehearsal rooms. Wild at 30 performances are at 8 pm, May 4-6 at Next Act. Tickets are $22 for general admission and $18 for students, and can be purchased at or by calling the Next Act box office at 414/278-0765.

“It is a joy to welcome back alumni as performers and guests to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” says Artistic Director Debra Loewen. “From a well-lit stage to an empty swimming pool to a garden in moonlight, their inventiveness and resourcefulness made each performance a night to remember. As we look back and move forward, those incredible moments continue to inspire our work.”

Founding company members David Figueroa, Jennifer Goetzinger and Tom Thoreson recreate some memorable moments from the past in two works. Figueroa and Goetzinger reunite for a 1987 duet by choreographer Cate Deicher, while Thoreson and several would-be brides find their romantic options may be limited. Cameos, duets and trios featuring current company and alumni Sofi Askenazi, Liz Fransee, Mandi Karr, Molly Mingey, Lindsey Ruenger, Jessie Mae Scibek, Randy Talley and Yeng Vang–Strath will mix past repertory with new theatrical and site-specific work. Company members appearing in Wild at 30 are Kelly Radermacher Butts, Ai Csuka, Lauren Elster, Angela Frederick, Danielle Lohuis and Maggie Seer.

A look to the future will feature work by Loewen that goes beyond the footlights to create a wild space between the stage and seats in the theater, in addition to site-based adventures in the lobby, rehearsal rooms and hallways. UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts choreographic intern Nicole Spence and affiliate artists Dan Schuchart and Mauriah Kraker will present new dances, while company alumni Michelle DiMeo and Bridgett Tegen will bring new choreography from Minneapolis.

“We will also have some special surprises unique to a specific performance, such as founding company member Diane VanDerhei and dancers from her Oak Park dance studio, Intuit, on Saturday evening,” says Loewen. “Former creative collaborator Jan Kellogg will create a moment through the magic of her lighting expertise and more mystery cameos are in the works.”

Wild at 30 is sponsored in part by UPAF, Foley & Lardner, Infinity Benefit Solutions, Jonco Industries and season grants from The Brico Fund, The Greystone Foundation and The Herzfeld Foundation. Wild at 30 is the finale to Wild Space’s successful 30th Anniversary Season, which began with the site-specific performance, Into the Garden at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in September, followed by Caught Up in the Moment with Sensoria at UWM Kenilworth Square East Gallery and the Caught Up in the Moment tour to Lawrence University.

Led by Founder/Artistic Director Debra Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company is celebrating three decades of inventive performances and innovative outreach programs. Known for site-specific works and artistic collaborations, Wild Space takes audiences on adventures through built and natural landscapes, visual art, history and the human condition through wry humor, clever choreography and emotionally-charged dance. An affiliate of UPAF, Wild Space is a company-in-residence at Lincoln Center Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee and Lawrence University in Appleton. Wild Space programs are supported in part by grants from UPAF, Milwaukee County CAMPAC and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call Wild Space at 414/271-0307 or email

Tori Rogoski-Rutta Talked About the Margaret H’Doubler Legacy at 90th Anniversary Celebration!

Tori Rogoski-Rutta of the Dance Education Center talked about continuing the Margaret H’Doubler Legacy as part of the 90th Anniversary Celebration of the UW Madison Dance Department! (Photos by Erin Prais-Hintz)

Tori spoke about her curriculum and brought a few of her students who shared some of their experiences with the audience, including what it was like to dance at a studio that has a National Honor Society for Dance Arts – NHSDA Chapter.

The audience was particularly delighted when one of the youngest students demonstrated his expertise in anatomy at only 4 years old!

(Ms. Rogoski-Rutta is a past-president of the Wisconsin Dance Council and received the WDC Margaret H’Doubler Award in 2016.)

UW-Madison Dance Department Celebrates 90th Anniversary April 26-30!

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Department is celebrating it’s 90th Anniversary with master classes, panel discussions, and performances every day from April 26-30.  These wonderful events are free and open to the public and run through Sunday.

Photo by Jeffrey R. Ballard

The photograph above is from the opening reception that followed the performance last night.  Some of the WDC Awardees who were in attendance last night were:
Margot Mink Colbert (WDC Choreography/Performance Award 1997)
Peggy Myo-Young Choy (WDC Choreography/Performance Award 2001)
Karen Cowan (WDC Margaret H’Doubler Award 2006)
Gerri Gurman (WDC Distinction Award 2004)
Rena Kornblum (WDC Research and Journalism Award 2002)
Li Chiao-Ping (WDC Choreography/Performance Award 2005)
Karen Mcshane-Hellenbrand (WDC Past President)
Anna Nassif (WDC Margaret H’Doubler Award 1996)
Phyllis Sanfilippo (WDC Career Recognition Award 2010)
Jin-Wen Yu (WDC Choreography/Performance Award 2003)
Bess Zana (WDC Career Recognition Award 2001)
Tibor Zana (WDC Career Recognition Award 1996)

Danceworks Adult Class Try it Week is May 1-6 -Try a new class for free!

Adult Class Try it Week is May 1-6 -Try a new class for free!
Danceworks, Inc.
1661 N Water Street
Milwaukee, WI, 53202

If you’re a NEW student to Danceworks and not sure what class you want to take– we’ve got good news!

Try an adult class on us during the week of May 1-6. After you’ve found the right class for you, you’ll save 20% when you register for a full 8 week spring or summer session of classes. Try out one or more of the following classes appropriate for your experience level:

50+ Beg Ballet 9:15-10:15 am
Beg Contemporary 6:15-7:30 pm
Int/Adv Ballet 6:50-8:20 pm
Int/Adv Contemporary 7:30-9 pm

Intermediate Ballet 10:30 am – 12 pm
Beg/Intermediate Ballet 7-8:30 pm
Intermediate Hip Hop 7:30-8:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet 10:30 am – 12 pm
Caribbean Dance Workout 5:30-6:30 pm
Beg/Int Jazz 6:15-7:30 pm
Barre Workout 7:30-8:30 pm

Dance With Me 9:15-10 am (parent/child ages 3-36 months)
Tap Dance Workout 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (basic tap skills required)
Intermediate Tap 7:30-8:30 pm

50+ Yoga 8:30-9:30 am
50+ Tap 12-1 pm
Intro to Hip Hop 6:15-7:30 pm
Swing Dance 7:30-8:30 pm

Beg Ballet 9:45-10:45 am
African Dance Workout 12-1 pm
Int/Adv Ballet 2:15-3:45 pm
Intro to Tap Dance 2:30-3:30 pm

Questions? Contact Amy Brinkman at 414.277.8480 x6007 or