A Choreographer’s Showcase II, January 28 at Overture Center for the Arts

Dance Wisconsin Presents
A Choreographer’s Showcase II

Saturday, January 28, 7:30pm
Promenade Hall, Overture Center for the Arts

BUY TICKETS or call 608.258.4141 for tickets.

New Works

Dance Wisconsin’s Choreographers’ Showcase II is a showpiece of 6 local choreographers and pieces set by the Dance Wisconsin Company. These pieces range from contemporary pointe to contemporary modern works. Several of these pieces will be shown in the Regional Dance America Festival held in Phoenix, Arizona in May. The showcase also features several pieces performed by dancers from Madison Contemporary Dance Company.

Nominate a Student for a Scholarship to a Summer Dance Intensive

Do you have a student with an eye on attending a summer intensive program but may need some financial support to make this dream come true?  Nominate your student for a Wisconsin Dance Council Summer Intensive Scholarship! Applications are due February 15, 2017 so act today! (Photo © Matzner Photography)

Nominations can only be made by WDC Members.  Not a member?  Join today!  Memberships start at $25.

Infusion Dance Intensive at Pius XI Catholic High School’s Performing Arts Center

Sunday, January 29 – 9am-4:30pm
Father Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center
Pius XI Catholic High School

Register online today, or click here for a downloadable registration form.

Click here or on the poster below for more information.



This one day intensive experience gives Dance students from grades 8-12 the opportunity to interface with some of the best and brightest in the world of Dance from across the country.

Enrollment is only $50 and includes lunch and a commemorative t-shirt. Space is limited–don’t miss out!


Shadowland by Pilobolus Coming to Wisconsin Union Theater

Shadowland by Pilobolus Coming to Wisconsin Union Theater
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, at 8 p.m. in Shannon Hall


The Wisconsin Union Theater is thrilled to be hosting dance group Pilobolus on their international tour of Shadowland on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, at 8 p.m. in Shannon Hall. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $15, Union Members and non-UW students are $44, $40, $25, UW Faculty and Staff are $46, $42 & $25 and the general public are $48, $44 and $25. Tickets can be purchased on our website, at the Memorial Union box office or by calling 608-265-ARTS.

Shadowland is an exciting display of theatric modern dance and multi-media, telling a wordless story. Pilobolus’ innovative directors and dancers created the unique coming-of-age narrative together with Spongebob SquarePants lead writer Steven Banks. As expected from these collaborators, the show is dazzling.

Gymnastic and intricate dance, paired with a technical approach to a dreamlike backdrop, work together to show what happens when a teenage girl falls into her dark and complex dreams. The performance is fluid in comedy, drama and the cartoonish exploration of both human experience and artistic creativity. With an original and diverse score by composer David Poe, this experience is anything but ordinary, as it swallows its audience into the illusory world of Shadowland.

Pilobolus has been creating and touring dance theater for 44 years, with over 120 pieces performed in over 65 countries in their repertoire. They have performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Oprah, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Today Show, and for The 79th Annual Academy Awards. Shadowland first premiered in 2015 at the New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and has been touring after opening to high praise.

The Wisconsin Union Theater is proud to welcome this renowned company to Shannon Hall, and we cannot wait to explore the Shadowland!

This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee and supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. WSUM 91.7FM is a media sponsor.

Exciting News from Call for Peace Drum & Dance Company!

Call For Peace:  “Dancing the Dream”,  A New Hope for Humanity! has been accepted as a panel presentation at the 9th International Conference of Museums for Peace, April 10-13, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Save the Date to See the Film in Madison

When: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Where: Madison Central Library. Room 301
Open House: 11:00am to 4:30pm (Program 1:00pm to 3:00pm)
Questions: Call 608-469-8572 or go to callforpeace@callforpeace.org

See Special Offer for Wisconsin Dance Council Members in Your Email–Offer Ends Today!


A Special Offer from the Wisconsin Union Theater for tickets to the Seldoms was included in the digital version of the WDC Newsletter that was emailed to members on December 10.  A reminder email was sent today–check your email and order your tickets today!

The Seldoms will perform the Lindon Johnson-inspired “Power Goes” in Shannon Hall January 27 & 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are free, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $16, UW-Madison Faculty and Staff are $18, General Public is $20 and Youth (18 & under) is $10. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person.

In their fourteenth season, Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms is dedicated to bringing its audiences into an expanded experience of innovative dance that provokes deep thought and understanding of real-world issues, such as the 2008 economic recession, climate change, and consumption. New City, which named them the Best Local Dance Company in 2012, describes their performances as “well-crafted and researched works that don’t hold forth a political agenda, but look instead at how these towering issues reflect back on our own humanity.”

“Power Goes” uses the context of the 1960s–civil rights protests and the Vietnam War, Great Society programs and struggles over the future of America—as well as our present moment of struggles over equality and rights, social change and citizenship, war and peace, political stalemate and the yearning to move America forward or perhaps bring it back to something that got lost. Through dance theater, the company offers perspectives on power and how power performs. But it is about far more than just LBJ himself. The Seldoms reveal how power is present in intimate exchanges and collective public actions alike, in the past and in the present. They seek out how power flows through—or gets blocked up in—bodies when they lean in, loom over, work together, bear down, relent, resist, or rise up. The show will come alive in the Frederic March Play Circle, combining spoken word, sound design, video, and an installation of a wall of 75 suspended chairs. Seventeen Madisonians perform alongside the company.

The Seldoms was the first resident artist at the new National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. The group has performed in Russia, Canada, Taiwan, and across the US at venues such as The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and The Dance Center of Columbia College. Critically acclaimed collaborators include percussionist Timothy Daisy, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), composers Richard Woodbury and Mikhail Fiksel, visual artists Anna Kunz, Jackie Kazarian and Fraser Taylor, architect Joe Huffman, and fashion designers Maria Pinto, Lara Miller, and Anke Loh.

This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Performing Arts Committee. The presentation of PowerGoes by The Seldomes was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. WSUM 91.7 FM is a media supporter.

NDEO Call for Papers: Dance Education in Practice

Submission Deadline: December 10, 2016
Dance Education in Practice receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts portal located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/UDEP

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Dance Education in Practice considers articles for publication focused on practical approaches to dance education and teaching that provide educators with models of new ideas, strategies, and content they can apply to their own practice, targeted toward dance studio teachers, P-12 dance educators, postsecondary teacher education professionals, teaching artists, and dance education undergraduate and graduate students. Articles will be concise (1000-3000 words) and communicate innovative ideas in a “how to” format. Graphics and pictures will support article content. We encourage authors with community dance practices to share their experiences with our readers. You do not need to be an experienced writer to submit—we mentor authors!

Please Donate to the Wisconsin Dance Council on #GIVINGTUESDAY!


As you consider your holiday donations, please consider donating to the Wisconsin Dance Council, on #GIVINGTUESDAY, November 29, or any time up until December 31, 2016!  www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/71932

The Wisconsin Dance Council is a registered non-profit organization through the PayPal Giving Fund and 100% of your gift (no service fee) will be given to the Wisconsin Dance Council. As always, your gift is tax deductible, as allowed by law.

The Wisconsin Dance Council supports dance opportunities for students throughout Wisconsin to attend summer intensives as well as promote dance throughout Wisconsin. Your gift, big or small, makes all the difference.


Nutcracker in the Castle Begins November 18!

Opening Day of Nutcracker in the Castle at the Paine Arts Center in Oshkosh is
November 18, 2016 to January 9, 2017.


Come meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and learn to fly and dance. Each session will be approximately 20 minutes long. Each dancer will receive a complimentary class pass to attend a class at Valley Academy for the Arts.
Noon-2 pm and 5-7 pm.

The Paine and Verve, a Credit Union invite children to visit Nutcracker in the Castle on opening day (Friday, Nov. 18) for FREE! Many schools are off this day, but for those that have school, we have extended our free hours so everyone can join. The Paine will be open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Children, ages 17 and under, will be admitted for free with an $11 adult admission (limit of 5 free children tickets per adult admission). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Families are invited to donate a toy (new and unwrapped) for Toys for Tots. Kids will place the donated toys under the giant Christmas tree as they begin their visit. We will be open for self-guided tours starting at 11 a.m. and candlelight tours starting at 4:30 p.m. Valley Academy for the Arts will offer drop-in “Learn to Dance Like the Sugar Plum Fairy and Toy Soldier” sessions every 30 minutes from noon to 2 p.m. and again at 5 and 5:30 p.m. The Sugar Plum Fairy’s Cupcake Café will be open from 5-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Nutcracker in the Castle at http://bit.ly/2dlVOvo.