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!

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

Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Performs the Nutcracker Suite, November 20

The Nutcracker Suite

November 20 @ 1:00 pm at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center


The Nutcracker Suite is a delightful performance of excerpts from The Nutcracker danced by students in Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.  This shorter version of the traditional production is great for very young children and offers young ballet students to see others just a bit older perform these lead roles in professional costumes to musical favorites!

Tickets are $20.00 and go on sale Oct. 17 at 10AM

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Run time is 60 minutes. For all ages. Call the box office for reservations for ages 3 and under.

Ailey II Residency and Performance at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Ailey II
The Next Generation of Dance

October 21, 2016 @ 10 AM
The Harris Theater


This special matinee performance by one of the most dynamic dance companies in the nation, led by Troy Powell, Artistic Director, includes excerpts from the company’s repertoire in full costume and lighting. Narration provides background on Alvin Ailey and the company’s mission. The performance will end with excerpts from Ailey’s signature work, “Revelations,” considered one of the great American artworks and a profound expression of African American history.

Thank you to our Ailey II Dance Residency Sponsor Herzfeld Foundation and our Ailey II Show Sponsor Arts Midwest. This performance of Ailey II is presented as part of the 2016/2017 Beyond the Classroom Student Series, which is made possible by Kinder Morgan Foundation and Lynn Sprangers.

Recommended for grades K-12.


For more than 40 years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Troy Powell, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people.


Dance Wisconsin’s Choreographers’ Showcase, October 8 at 7:30pm

Join Dance Wisconsin for its 2016 production of “New Works.”
Sat. Oct. 8th 7:30 p.m.
Mitby Theater Madison College
Purchase Tickets Now! Or call 221-4535

The one act comedic ballet “Graduation Ball” as well as original pieces crafted by Chelsey Bradley, Ashley Dahm, Danielle Furhmann, Emily Ginocchio, Jordan Tiede, and Margaret Violante will be presented. Celebrate 40 years of dance education, performances, and direction by JoJean Retrum.
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Tania Tandias School of Flamenco & Spanish Dance Benefit !

Recuerdos Flamencos II Scholarship Benefit
When:  Saturday, October 15, 2016
Where: Lakeside Street Coffee House, 402 W Lakeside St, Madison, WI 53715
Time: 7:30pm
Featuring: Tania Tandias, Flamenco & Spanish Dance and Peter Baime, Flamenco Guitarist 

Please join us for Recuerdos Flamencos II, another benefit scholarship performance of flamenco dance and music in memory of our good friend Jennifer Schmitz. This concert will feature flamenco guitarist Peter Baime from Milwaukee, Tania Tandias, the student recipients of the 2016 Jennifer Schmitz Scholarship and Tandias family musicians! All proceeds will go towards dance scholarships at the Tania Tandias School of Flamenco & Spanish Dance!
2016-09-25 Tania Tandias Scholarship Fund Raiser

Have Your Dancers Perform in Pasture Performances! Part of the Farm/Art DTOUR Oct. 1-9!

Interested in having your students perform?  Contact:

PASTURE PERFORMANCES is part of Fermentation Fest in Reedsburg
The striking natural landscape of Sauk County serve as both a theatre and backdrop to a variety of performances taking place on the Farm/Art Dtour. Artists, musicians, dancers and performers showcase their talents and embrace the land as their stage.
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It is part of Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence is an annual celebration of live culture in all its forms, from dance to yogurt, poetry to sauerkraut. Presented by Reedsburg, WI-based Wormfarm Institute, Fermentation Fest brings together farmers, chefs, artists, poets and performers in the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, WI for nine days of tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes, art events, performances, food carts and more.




REEDSBURG, WI, August 17, 2016 — Wormfarm Institute, working with farmers, landowners and communities of central Sauk County, announces the Sixth Annual Fermentation Fest –A Live Culture Convergence beginning October 1, 2016 and running through October 9. The Fest is a lively, multi-faceted opportunity for rural and urban visitors to experience the land that sustains us in new ways during the harvest season. The Fest invites the public from near and far to spend a day – or a few – exploring temporary site-responsive art installations by nationally-acclaimed artists, a variety of pasture performances, 44 fermentation-focused classes ranging from bread to chocolate, yogurt to beer, and presentations by best-selling food writers Sandor Katz and Peter Reinhart.

“The Fest is only 55 miles northwest of Madison, and midway between Chicago and Minneapolis, perfectly situated to bring together the region’s most talented chefs, scientists, artists, brewers, bakers, poets and cheesemakers, each in their own way celebrating abundance and transformation” said Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm Institute Executive Director and co-founder.

Beginning in Reedsburg, the Fest’s signature attraction, the Farm/Art DTour, leads visitors out and through the agricultural landscapes and small towns of central Sauk County. Last year 20,000 traveled the 50-mile self-guided DTour through working farm land punctuated by temporary art installations, pasture performances, educational Field Notes, local food vendors and roadside poetry.

“The DTour is a multi- sensory, leisurely, educational meander,” Neuwirth said. In past years DTourists have come across giant straw animals leaping over fences, glowing corn cribs, crocheted leaves engulfing a farmhouse, and a mini circus wagon and sideshow encampment.

Neuwirth recommends that visitors begin at the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce which serves as Fermentation Fest headquarters and resource center. The Chamber’s knowledgeable staff provides expert guidance to the Fest and the surrounding area. Visitors will want to pick up a free Visitors Guide and purchase the comprehensive 2016 DTour Map that describes the artists and their installations, and other events and attractions along the route. Seasoned travelers may wish to purchase a DTour Passport to enhance their participation with value-added surprises. Proceeds from Passport sales support the Fest, which remains a free event. Maps are available at the Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and at the Chamber/Visitor Bureaus of Baraboo, Spring Green, and the River Arts Center in Sauk Prairie. Passport sales sites and extensive detail for advance planning are to be found the Fermentation Fest website.

Featured Presenters
Featured 2016 Fermentation Fest presenters include two best-selling authors whose work on fermentation is nationally acclaimed: The Fest opening week end presents Sandor Katz, a fermentation revivalist and do-it-yourself food activist whose books on fermentation techniques and recipes have earned him the moniker “Sandorkraut” and the James Beard Award for Reference and Scholarship. Katz will be special guest at the October 1st Fermentation Feast, and will host a fermentation Q and A session the following morning.

The second Fest weekend features Peter Reinhart, the three-time James Beard award-winning author of twelve books on baking and a fermentation-focused TED Talk reflecting on the couplings of wheat and yeast, starch and heat that produce our daily bread. Reinhart will present a class on food writing and will co-present baking classes – from bagels to gluten-free to rye sourdough and sprouted grains – with longtime Fest instructor Shawn Rediske of Water House Foods in Lake Mills, WI.

The second weekend will also feature Fermentation Fest’s third annual Mexican spirits dinner. Lou Bank of S.A.C.R.E.D., an organization that uses rare agave spirits like mezcal and raicilla to raise money to build libraries, run greenhouses, and maintain water projects in rural Mexico, will host the educational and gustatory event.

Fermentation Fest classes require advance online registration. Sessions range across 44 offerings from lacto-fermented vegetables to gluten-free baking to hands-on clay building your own steins and mugs, or making herbal beer.

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Fermentation Fest is an initiative of the Wormfarm Institute, a nonprofit organization that integrates culture and agriculture to build thriving communities. It collaborates with Sauk County U.W.-Extension, the Reedsburg Area Chamber Of Commerce, public partners and sponsors to host this live culture convergence celebrating abundance and transformation

About Wormfarm Institute
The Wormfarm Institute is a nonprofit organization in Reedsburg, Wis., working to build a sustainable future for agriculture and the arts by fostering links between people and the land. An evolving laboratory of arts and ecology, and fertile ground for creative work, the Wormfarm explores the links between urban and rural communities within and beyond the food chain, creating opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.

Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Sept. 17-18 at Overture Center’s Playhouse Theater

Madison Memoirs
Madison Contemporary Vision Dance
Saturday | September 17th | 2pm & 7pm
Sunday | September 18th | 2pm
Overture Center for the Arts – Playhouse Theater
(608) 258-4141 ($14 for students and seniors, $16 for adults)
Tickets available by phone, online and at the door
Click on the photographs below for more information!
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In their 7th season, Madison Contemporary Vision Dance Company explores life stories honoring individuals in our very own community. “Madison Memoirs” showcases topics including relationships, identity and diversity, using a variety of contemporary dance styles to do the storytelling. Support local art, local artists and our community while enjoying a family-friendly performance inside the beautiful and unique Playhouse Theater at Overture Center for the Arts.

Wisconsin Dance Council Becomes State Affiliate of NDEO!

The Wisconsin Dance Council is proud to announce it is now a State Affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization!

More information will be available soon on how you can become a dual member of both the WDC and NDEO and how studios can start their own chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA).2016-09-14 ndeo-logo-w-title-and-tag 3-1-16 (1)

If you have immediate questions, please email us at or call us at (608) 535-9WDC.