Monthly Archives: April 2017

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

Danceworks Looking for Hip Hop Choreographers to Showcase Work at Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience, July 29-30!

Danceworks is gearing up for their 2017 Summer DanceLAB Series and is looking for hip hop dance choreographers to showcase work in their opening concert, Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience, July 29-30.

Interested artists are required to submit written proposals and biographical information to Danceworks on or before Tuesday, May 17, 2017.
Please use the attached proposal form or visit the Danceworks website
Contact Danceworks Artistic Director, Kim Johnson with any questions.
Hope to see you in the theater!

UW-Milwaukee Dance Department Presents: Springdances: Alchemy, April 27-May 1, 2017

Springdances: Alchemy
April 27 – May 1, 2017 (ThursdayMonday)
7:30pm performances each night

UWM’s Kenilworth Square East Gallery
2155 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53202

General – $20 Seniors, UWM Faculty and Staff – $15 Students and under 18 – $10, Majors – Free

Box Office 
Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts2419 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Phone (414) 229-4308 

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Springdances: Alchemy features new choreographic works by UWM’s Department of Dance faculty Daniel Burkholder, Maria Gillespie, Dani Kuepper, and Guest Artist Holly Johnston (Los Angeles) with an original sound score by Tim Russell.  Johnston is a California-based choreographer and director of Ledges and Bones Dance Project. Springdances: Alchemy will be presented in the Kenilworth Square East Gallery (formerly Inova). The choreographers explore embodied freedom, agency, and the techniques for the transformation of self and space.


Hawkins Technique Master Class with Valerie Green at Danceworks!

Tuesday, April 25, 201712:30-2:00pm

DANCEWORKS – 1661 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Class Fee: $10

To register call Danceworks: (414) 277-8480
Visit our website for more information:

Erick Hawkins-based modern dance technique – learn how to use the power of the center to initiate, control, and radiate movement. Exercises are guided with the safe use of body mechanics and neuromuscular imagery, highlighting movement that follows the logic of the body’s innate spirals and bone rhythms. Students will acquire knowledge in training the body to execute healthy, organized, and clear movement.

“Green’s intense physicality and incredible physical vocabulary make her an engaging performer….Green’s artisty is fully compelling” -Molly Marinik, Theater is Easy