Monthly Archives: December 2017

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. 

Parenting Through Movement Class Begins January 6 at Hancock Center for Dance Movement Therapy!

First Steps: Parenting Through Movement Class 
Saturdays, 1-2 pm
Jan. 6 – Feb. 10, 2018  
$75/child for the 6-week session 
Registration required : contact us 
Location at the Hancock Center, downtown Madison, WI
Join this six week class and enjoy movement, music and fun with your young one!  All this while improving and developing your movement connection (attunement) with them. 
This class is for parents and caregivers and their children age 8 months to 4 years old. You will strengthen your attachment, learn positive interventions and help your child develop healthy social skills.  
Classes are limited to 8 child participants and their parents and/or caregivers, so space is limited.   
Led by Dance/Movement Therapists Whitney Bush, MA, R-DMT and Genevieve Dunn, MA, R-DMT.

Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Student Showcase and Sevillanas Party December 17!

Student Showcase & Sevillanas Party!
Sunday, December 17th, 2018
4:00- 6:00 PM
Kanopy Dance Studio, 341 State Street, Madison
Curious about flamenco dance classes? Join us for dancing, food and drink!
Interested in Taking Classes?

WINTER 2018 Classes
Beginning Class- Tangos/Bulerías
Students will learn the basics of the “baile flamenco”, which include footwork, arm & handwork, and turns. Besides technique a choreography and combinations for tangos & bulerías will also be taught.
Thursday, 6:00-7:00 pm, Jan 11-March 22, 2018
Fee: $149, 11 classes

Advanced Beginning Class – Continuing Guajiras
*Intro to flamenco dance required.
In this class, students will continue to build their knowledge of flamenco dance through more challenging technique exercises. Choreography and fan technique for the Cuban-inspired guajiras will also be taught.
Thursday, 7:00-8:15 pm, Jan 11-March 22, 2018
Fee: $165, 11 classes

Ongoing Intermediate Class
Monday, 5:30-7:00 pm, Jan 8-March 19, 2018
Fee: $149, (11 classes scheduled, 9 paid)

*Intermediate Class with company rehearsal
By invitation only
Monday, 5:30-8:00 pm, Jan 8-March 19, 2018
Fee: $180, (11 classes scheduled, 9 paid)

Castanet Class- Continuing el vito
In this class, students will learn basic castanet technique, rhythms, and exercises, plus focus on adding castanets to the traditional dance el vito.
Sunday, 9:30-10:30am, Jan 14-March 18, 2018, no class March 11.
Fee: $95, (9 classes scheduled, 7 paid)

Classes are held at Kanopy Dance Studio, 341 State St. 2nd Floor above the GAP, Madison, Wisconsin, unless noted otherwise.
Call Tania at (608) 250-0369 to register or for more information. Please visit Tania’s all-new website at!!

All classes will include instruction in flamenco dance technique, which includes footwork, arm and hand work, rhythmic hand-clapping and turns.

Classes are open to both women and men. Partners are not necessary. Dancers 12 years of age and up welcome in the general classes.


Refund Policy: During the first two weeks of the session, students who are unable to attend the remainder of the classes due to injury or illness may request credit to be used towards future sessions.

Payment schedules can be negotiated.

A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available through the Jennifer Schmitz Memorial Scholarship fund. Auditions are held twice yearly. Please inquire if interested.

If you are a new student mid-session, classes can be prorated for the remaining time left.

To register, please contact Tania Tandias via email,, phone, (608) 250-0369 or by web at If interested in paying with PayPal, please contact Tania. Make checks out to Tania Tandias and send to 1128 Chandler St., Madison, WI 53715.

Special Limited-Time Holiday Offer from the Wisconsin Union Theater!

Special Limited-Time Holiday Offer: Dublin Irish Dance brings “Stepping Out” to Shannon Hall

Still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone this Holiday season? For yourself? Do you love Irish music and dance? We have what you’re looking for, at a limited-time special price!

In “Stepping Out,” choreographed by Dublin-born Anthony Fallon, the all-star Dublin Irish Dance recreates the story of Irish migration to the USA. It is a beautiful, breathtaking spectacle that is now available to WDC members for a limited time at only $20/ticket.  Check your email for the code to use when purchasing tickets.

The dance troupe is comprised of world class Irish dancers who have toured the globe with Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and Celtic Woman. The all-star cast is accompanied by an eight-member traditional Irish band and vocalists providing backing for the epic story that unfold in “Stepping Out.”