Monthly Archives: June 2018

Get Tickets for Affinity for Dance’s Summer Performance, Friday, June 29, 2018!

Join Affinity for Dance for their summer performance at the Old Main Historic & Community Arts Center, Galesville, Wi.

“Are We There Yet,” is directed and choreographed by Bangor High School graduate Sarah Hannan and UW-La Crosse graduate Laura Linsmeier.

Tickets available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for college students, and FREE for high school students and younger.
Affinity for Dance is a nonprofit dance performance company that produces creative, collaborative, cause-driven performance art. The group is composed of dancers ages 16-50 from several local dance studios and beyond. Its mission includes using dance to gain support and raise awareness for those doing good in our communities. In its first two seasons, the group has given back over $700 from ticket and apparel sales to local nonprofit organizations. To learn more about Affinity, see upcoming events, or join us in our pursuit to create, perform, and inspire, visit

$20.00 Discount to Dance Educators for Kids From Wisconsin Premiere of 50th Aniv. Season at Pius XI Catholic High School!

Special Dance Educators Discount to Premiere of Kids From Wisconsin’s 50th Anniversary Season!! 
(Tickets are regularly $35)
Purchase online at or call 414.290.0204 and use promo code SHINE to activate your discount.
Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with any other offer. Subject to availability; restrictions may apply.

Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Summer Sessions and Dance Intensive with Danica Sena!

Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Summer Session 1 starts Thursday, June 21!  Please note  that the deadline for the early-bird discount for Danica Sena’s Summer Intensive is July 9 (see details below)!

Also new this summer is the technique and musicality class-  Sundays, June 24 and July 1 & 8.  Please contact Tania Tandiais if you are interested in attending one or all of these new classes! 

Save the date for Danica’s annual Lakeside Street Coffee House Show and Summer Intensive Student Showcase!

Danica Sena and Friends
With preshow bulerías workshop!
Saturday, August 18, 2018
8:00 pm
Preshow bulerías workshop
6:00- 7:00 pm
Lakeside Street Coffee House
402 W. Lakeside St., Madison
$15 advance/senior
$20 at the door
$40 workshop & show combo/advance ($50 walk-in)

Summer Intensive Student Showcase

Join us for a showcase of flamenco dance in an informal setting featuring the students of Tania Tandias’ summer intensive along with guest artist Danica Sena from San Francisco.

Sunday, August 26, 2018
4:00 pm
Kanopy Dance Studio
341 State Street, Madison
$10 suggested donation/children under 12 free

 For more information on classes and performances visit

Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Summer Classes 2018

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, or email  to register or for more information.  Please visit Tania’s 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.   Adult classes are open to students aged 12 years and up.



Beginning Class- tangos

Students will learn the basics of the “baile flamenco”, which include compás (rhythm), footwork, arm & handwork, turns, and choreography.

Thursday 6:00-7:00 pmJune 21- July 12

Fee: $54 (4 sessions)

Advanced Beginning Class- alegrías silencio and castellana   

In this class, students will continue to build their knowledge of flamenco dance through more challenging technique exercises. Compás (rhythm) and choreography will also be taught.

Thursday 7:00-8:15 pmJune 21-July 12

Fee: $60 (4 sessions)

*intro to flamenco dance required

Ongoing Intermediate Class- livianas

In this class, dancers will focus on intermediate-level technique drills, combinations, and choreography.

Monday 5:30-7:00 pmJune 25- July 16

Fee:  $66 (4 sessions)

Ongoing Intermediate Class with Company Rehearsal

Monday 5:30-8:00 pmJune 25- July 16

Fee:  $80 (4 weeks)

*By invitation only

Sunday Technique, Palmas & Musicality Class

Sharpen your skills with footwork, armwork and turn exercises.  This class will also focus on palmas accompaniment to varying flamenco palos. Bring your own choreographies for your fellow students to practice palmas and jaleos!

Sunday, 10:30- 11:45 amJune 24, and July 1 & 8

Fee:  $45, or $15 for single class

*Intro to flamenco dance required

Session 2: July 30-August 26


About the guest instructor:  Danica Sena

Internationally-acclaimed Master flamenco and Spanish dance teacher/choreographer/performer, Danica Sena, has created and performed over 200 original works for television, independent film and stage in Spain (where she resided for a decade), Japan, Mexico, Czech Republic, Hawaii and all states of the continental U.S.  Her intrinsic cultural understanding of the art she imparts combined with a unique methodology, musicality and passion for teaching has made her one of the most-solicited in her field.  In 2012 she received the great honor of guest teaching for one month in Madrid, Valencia and Castellon, Spain.  Ms. Sena has been a proud faculty member of ODC School in San Francisco since 2004 and acts regularly as adjunct faculty at OBT, Dominican University and USF.  Danica Sena was also recently awarded the 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Dancers’ Choice Award.

2-Day Intensive Teacher Training Program at Valley Academy for the Arts, July 14-15, 2018!

2-Day Intensive Teacher Training Program
Valley Academy for the Arts
July 14 – 15, 2018

The Teacher Training Program is an intensive course intended to equip teachers with the necessary tools to teach ballet to students of all ages and learning styles. Our technique and application is explored through the systematic teachings of Vaganova, Anatomy, Kinesiology, development movement in children. 

For more information contact to learn more or email (920) 279-1578.

Join Li Chiao-Ping Dance in Oregon, WI, for their annual Summer Dance Workshop, June 18-23!

Join Li Chiao-Ping Dance in Oregon, WI,  for their annual Summer Dance Workshop, June 18-23!  Spend the whole week, or drop into classes as you can.  Classes start daily at 9AM and conclude at 6:30PM. Any questions can be directed to: 

Then….Celebrate the close of Li Chiao-Ping Dance’s Summer Dance 2018 by joining the dancers and artists for a free, one-evening only performance

Li Chiao-Ping Dance 2018 Summer Dance Concert
Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 7pm

Lathrop Hall, Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space
UW Campus, 1050 University Avenue, near Brooks St.

Celebrate the close of LCPD’s Summer Dance 2018 by joining the dancers and artists for a free, one-evening only performance.

This year’s annual festival concert features the work of current and alumni Li Chiao-Ping Dance artists, including several

Cynthia Adams (IA), Constance Anderson (WI), Ken James (IA), Lyndsay Lewis (WI),
Li Chiao-Ping (WI), Mary Patterson (WI), Nicole Roerick (Egypt), Elisabeth Roskopf (WI),
Natalia Schradle (VA), Liz Sexe (WI), Catey Ott Thompson (WI), Megan Thompson (VA)

For more information please contact:

Danceworks Try It Week, Jun 18-23, 2018!

NEW to Danceworks? Great news–It’s Try It Week! 

Try out as many classes as you’d like during the week of June 18-23. Once you’ve found a class that brings you joy, save 10% by registering for the full session!

Visit for the summer adult class schedule.

PLEASE SEE EXCEPTIONS:  All barre workout classes, the World Dance series and other special workshops are excluded from Try It Week. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. One discount per person.

Register for Classes with Dianné Aldrich at UW Health or at 4Pillars4Health!

Register for Classes with Dianné Jean Aldrich at UW Health or at 4Pillars4Health

Warm Water Healing
June 28 – July 26
7:30 – 8:30 am
Held in the Warm Water Therapy Pool
Cost: $50

Embraced by the warm water of the soothing therapy pool at TAC while guided by Dianné Jean Aldrich in a practice of mindfulness; we become conscious of the healing power of water. Warm Water Healing offers the opportunity to move without pain or urgency to increase range of motion, improve circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, inspire body confidence and joyfully commune with the healing essence of water.

Core & Restore
June 25 – July 23
10:00 – 11:00 am
Held in the Wellness Studio
Cost: $50

Each week we learn to identify, align, restore and strengthen a key muscle group of the core body.  The result is beautiful posture, dependable joint health, inner strength, graceful movement and the foundation for an active and joyful daily life.  Attention to individual form compliments periods of deep guided rest, allowing the body to heal and nurture.  Points of interest; shoulders, low back, spine, hips, feet, integration and energy work. 

Core & Restore 2
June 25 – July 23
9:00 – 10:00 am
Held in the Wellness Studio
Cost: $50

We continue the work of the Core & Restore Workshop by delving deeper into the efficient mechanics of the body.  Each week will offer a series of exercises that strengthen, align, stretch, awaken, harmonize and restore the body.   Attention to individual form compliments periods of deep guided rest, allowing the body to heal and nurture.

Pre-Requisite: Core & Restore Workshop or permission of instructor.

Meditation in Motion
June 25 – July 23
11:30am – 12:00 noon
Held in the Meditation Room, Room 1309
Cost: $25

Take a short break from your day and set the tone for your week ahead.  Relieve physical tension, mental stress, emotional imbalance and energetic stagnation.  Meditation in Motion will offer you the gifts of joy, ease, increased focus and productivity.  Held in the lovely Meditation Room of The American Center which is available to all for silent meditation before and after class.

Dance for Health
June 25 – July 23
1:15 – 2:15 pm
Held in the Wellness Studio
Cost: $50

Enjoy the pleasure of a great workout through dance. Learn about your body, explore graceful alignment, achieve solid balance, increase strength and maximize flexibility. The Luigi Jazz Dance Technique was originally designed as a rehabilitation practice and went on to train the best dancer/performers in the world including Liza Minnelli, John Travolta, Susan Stroman, Bette Midler and many, many more. All levels of experience from the dance beginner to the seasoned professional will benefit from this technique. Dianné Jean Aldrich, a professional NYC dancer, is a long time Master Teacher of this fun and classic technique.
For More Information:  
Dianné Jean Aldrich


UW-Madison Dance Students in Historic Restaging of Anna Halprin’s ‘Paper Dance’ at the Memorial Union, June 14!

The University of Wisiconsin-Madison Dance Department, with generous support from Jody and John Arnhold, as part of the Madison Reunion events, presents a historic restaging of Anna Halprin’s “Paper Dance,” a section of Halprin’s “Parades and Changes” (1965) on June 14 at the Frederik March Play Circle Theater, Memorial Union.

Janine Antoni in collaboration with Anna Halprin, 2013. Rehearsal photographed by Pak Han at the Halprin Dance Deck

This work is an ever evolving dance that includes a distinct, well-known, process-based score and the dressing and undressing of the cast. The intention of the score, according to Halprin, “is to comment on the corporate world, with business suits as costume, removing them ceremoniously and revealing our naked unarmed nature, the whole body.”

The context of nudity in this work has history. It came at a time when no one was nude on stage in this country. When this dance was performed at the Hunter Kaye Playhouse in New York in 1965, the police put out a warrant for Halprin’s arrest because nudity was taboo in this country.

“Paper Dance” will be performed by University of Wisconsin-Madison dance students, who participated in a two-part residency with guest artist Brooke Smiley, who, on behalf of Halprin, restaged the work. The process of the residency explored how the body is political in and of itself and how nudity in performance can function.


This performance will take place in the Frederik March Play Circle Theater, Memorial Union June 14, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. It is unticketed, free and open to the public.

Pre and Post Show Presentations

This special performance, will include a pre-show introduction by Kate Corby, associate professor and chair of the UW-Madison Dance Department, Assistant Professor Natalia Zervou (UW-Madison Dance Department) and Professor Ninotchka D. Bennahum from the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who has been involved in curating the exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955-1972.

After the performance, there will be a panel presentation, moderated by Zervou, that will include Professor Ninotchka D. Bennahum and dance advocate and educator Jody Gottfried Arnhold, who founded Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at 92Y and created the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College. Guest artist Brooke Smiley will also be on the panel.

About Anna Halprin

Anna Halprin helped democratize dance-making with task-based improvisation and largescale civic happenings. The choreographer of over 150 works, she developed a Deweyesque system of scoring movement. Through her many students, among them Simone Forti, Trisha Brown, and Yvonne Rainer, Halprin indirectly influenced Judson Dance Theater. She has collaborated with musicians Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Morton Subotnick, The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, and with Beat poets Richard Brautigan, James Broughton, and Michael McClure. Other artists who have studied with her include Murray Louis, James Waring, Ruth Beckford, Nancy Meehan, Chip Lord, Meredith Monk, Janine Antoni, Carrie Mae Weems, Dohee Lee, and Mira Kingsley. In the 1950s, she founded the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop with the actor John Graham, the biologist A.A. Leath, her two young daughters Daria and Rana, and a number of students. With her husband, renowned landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, Anna developed methods of generating collective creativity. In 1978, she and Daria co-founded the Tamalpa Institute, which fosters dance as a peace-making force. Her annual Planetary Dance, a community ritual that started in 1980s, has now been performed in 52 countries, the latest being China. Several films celebrate Anna’s work, including Andy Abrahams Wilson’s award-winning Returning Home and Reudi Gerber’s acclaimed Breath Made Visible. Her many honors include American Dance Festival’s 1997 Samuel H. Scripps Award, a 2004 Dance Magazine Award, and several Isadora Duncan Dance Awards. She has been named one of “America’s irreplaceable dance treasures” by the Dance Heritage Coalition.

About Brooke Smiley

Brooke Smiley is a dance artist teaching at UCSB. She has held solo performances and artistic residencies in Los Angeles, UK, Ireland and France. Brooke has toured worldwide with Michael Clark Company of London with residencies at Tate Modern, Fabulous Beast of Ireland and Ventura Dance in Zurich. She was given a MAP from TrinityLaban with her improvisational research exploring masks, identity and transformation published in the UK and Ireland. With a strong background in earth architecture and indigenous justice, Brooke has held dances at Standing Rock and is currently studying BodyMind Centering.

About Madison Reunion

The Madison Reunion brings back former students and teachers to revisit old haunts and meet old friends. It’s open to the public, welcoming young and old with free concerts on the Union Terrace and ’60s films at the Cinematheque, historic tours of campus and a State Street Trolley, tie-dye lessons and a major dance party. More information about the Madison Reunion can be found at

Acknowledgments & Support
This dance was made possible through generous support from Jody and John Arnhold.

5 Week Luigi Jazz Dance Session with Dianné Aldrich at UW-Health/The American Center!

Dianné Jean Aldrich of 4Pillars4Health, is offering a 5 Week Summer Dance Session at the beautiful studio at UW-Health/The American Center.  Please register this week as there are only 9 spots left in the class.  Be in touch with any questions (Dianné Jean Aldrich <>)!

1:15 – 2:15 pm
June 25 – July 23
Cost: $50
Enjoy the pleasure of a great workout through dance. Learn about your body, explore graceful alignment, achieve solid balance, increase strength and maximize flexibility. The Luigi Jazz Dance Technique was originally designed as a rehabilitation practice and went on to train the best dancer/performers in the world including Liza Minnelli, John Travolta, Susan Stroman, Bette Midler and many, many more. All levels of experience from the dance beginner to the seasoned professional will benefit from this technique. Dianné Jean Aldrich, a professional NYC dancer, is a long time Master Teacher of this fun and classic technique.
UW Health Hospital @ The American Center in The Wellness Studio
4602 Eastpark Blvd.
Madison, WI
All Levels of Experience Welcome
Ages: 10 – Adult (Younger if you have danced with Ms. Dianné in the MCDS Dance Club)