Monthly Archives: July 2018

Join Affinity for Dance for the 2018-2019 Season — Auditions Aug. 5, 2018 from 1-4pm!

Who:  Affinity for Dance Open Rehearsal/Auditions
When:  August 5, 2018
Time:  1:00pm-4:00pm
Where:  Applause Dance Academy
2000 State Road 16, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

Join Affinity for Dance for their  2018-2019 season!

Affinity for Dance is a nonprofit dance performance company that produces creative, collaborative, cause-driven performance art. We are looking for intermediate/advanced dancers ages 17+ and apprentices ages 12-17 to join our family!

Open Rehearsal/Auditions Schedule:
1:00-4:00 PM Advanced Dancers ages 17+ and 
High Intermediate/Advanced Dancers ages 12-17
4:00-5:00 PM Intermediate/Advanced Dancers ages 22+

Please fill out your application by August 1, 2018:
Ages 12-17:
Ages 17+:

Visit for more information and email with any questions!

Come See Hometown Kids Andryi Nahirniak and Cade Miele Perform at Monona Grove High School on August 17!

The Kids From Wisconsin are celebrating their 50th Anniversary Tour!

On August 17, 2018, Hometown Kids Andryi Nahirniak and Cade Miele will perform at Monona Grove High School, 4400 Monona Dr, Monona, Wisconsin 53716


The theme, “Shine the Light”, features music performed since the inception of the KIDS. Some of the all-time audience favorites will be featured along with 5 decades of Broadway. KIDS will “Shine the Light” on our past 50 years while lighting the way for the next 50 years.

Register Now for Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance’s Summer Dance Intensive with Danica Sena, July 30-26, Aug!

Register for Tania Tandias Flamenco and Spanish Dance‘s Summer Dance Intensive With Guest Artist DANICA SENA, July 30-August 26, 2018.

Summer intensive classes with Danica will culminate in a Summer Student Showcase at Kanopy Dance Studio on Sunday, August 26th at 4 pm.  Classes are held at Kanopy Dance Studio, 341 State St. 2nd floor above the GAP, Madison, Wisconsin.

Beginning Class- bulerías
2 sessions/week
Tue 6:00-7:00 pm & Thu 6:00-7:00 pm, Jul. 31- Aug. 23
Fee: $152 (8 sessions)

Advanced Beginning Class- fandangos abandolaos
2 sessions/week
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm & Thu 7:00-8:15 pm, Aug. 1-23
Fee: $168 (8 sessions)

Bata de Cola Class- alegrías
2 sessions/week
Sunday 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
Monday 5:30-6:45 pm, Jul. 30- Aug. 26
Fee: $176 (8 sessions) 

Intermediate Class- tientos/tangos
Sunday 12:00-1:15 pm
Monday 6:45- 8:00 pm, Jul. 30- Aug. 26
Fee: $168 (8 sessions)


About the Guest Artist: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.


Join Anindita Neogy for a Kathak Dance Demonstration at the Stephenson Library in Marinette on Tuesday, July 31, 2018!

Join Anindita Neogy for a Kathak Dance Demonstration at the Stephenson Library in Marinette on Tuesday, July 31, 2018!Kathak is a classical Indian dance style that is known for known for its fast pirouettes and footwork. 

Ms. Neogy’s performance will be from 10:00am to 11:00am and is a part of the Summer Reading Program.  This performance is family friendly and open to those ages 4 and up.

You’re invited to join Revita Dance Studio in Portage for a morning of free classes at their Open House on August 11!

You’re invited to join  Revita Dance Studio in Portage for a morning of free classes at their Open House!

All are welcome, new students as well as those who are already a part of the Revita Family 🙂 No uniform or experience required.

Class Schedule:
9:30-9:50AM Tippy Toes (Ages 3-4.5)
10:00-10:20AM Tiny Tappers (Ages 3-4.5)
10:30-10:50AM Acro (Ages 5+) 
11:00-11:20AM Jazz (Ages 5+)
11:30-11:50AM Ballet (Ages 5+)
12:00-12:20PM Hip Hop (Ages 5+)

This is a wonderful opportunity to view Revita’s facility, meet instructors, ask questions and reserve your spot in the upcoming 2018-2019 Season!

Wild Space Dance Company to Perform at the Milwaukee Art Museum on August 9!

On August 9, 2018, Wild Space Dance Company will perform at the Milwaukee Art Museum for a special performance event in collaboration with the William Kentridge installation, More Sweetly Play the Dance, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

Photos by Debra Loewen, Paul Mitchell and Matt Schwenke

Join Wild Space Dance Company as it weaves dance and movement with William Kentridge’s  video installation .  Unfolding as an endless loop, dancers will form and re-form vignettes inspired by the moving images of Kentridge’s video installation and his artistic process. 

Please click in this text for more information.

Milwaukee Ballet presents “Emergence Showcase” at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Two Identical Performances on July 27!

July 27 @ 4:30 & 7:30PM at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
Emergence is the showcase performance of Milwaukee Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program. Two identical performances will take place this Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Wilson Center. More than 120 Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive students will perform original choreography in classical and contemporary ballet and other dance styles.

Central Midwest Ballet Academy dancers will perform in the Madison Savoyards production of Die Fledermaus (or The Bat)!

Central Midwest Ballet Academy dancers will perform in the Madison Savoyards, Ltd‘s production of Die Fledermaus, or The Bat!

Performances are at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Music Hall:
July 20, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm
July 21, 22, and 29 at 3:00 pm

Performing Gilbert and Sullivan since 1963, Madison Savoyards expands its programming this summer to present Die Fledermaus, or The Bat, a light comic opera by Johann Strauss II. Sung in English and featuring iconic waltzes, this high-spirited operetta is the story of a high-class couple in a romantic stalemate, learning to love again all while playing the fools.

Student at Kehl School of Dance Featured on This Wisconsin Life

Wisconsin Life’s Zac Schultz visits with Kehl School of Dance student Mari Koopmans.

There is a picture of Mari Koopmans as a little girl, smiling and wearing a tutu. “When I first did ballet, I was probably four and it was regular ballet,” says Mari. “I did it with my best friend. It was carefree. We’re all like twirling around but we’re having the time of our life.”

That was Mari’s last time as a standing dancer. “When I was four, my special needs kicked in and I mean, you don’t really know how you’re going to dance.”

J Matzner remembers the start of her dancing career. “My mother put me into dance because she didn’t think I was very coordinated. I do remember that I was about four or five and I remember being in my very first dance recital. I never really stopped until I had a life-threatening illness. It’s the first time movement had ever been taken away from me. It gave me insight, I feel, into what others experience when they can’t move.”

Now an adult, Matzner is Mari’s instructor at the Kehl School of Dance in Verona. “As I was recovering, I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just join some accessible dance classes now and start getting some of that core strength back’ and I was very surprised to find that, at least in the Madison area, there really weren’t any accessible dance classes. That was one of the reasons why later on I decided to start one.”

Mari spent nearly five years without ballet. “It took a while for us to find wheelchair ballet. I mean it took like years and years. When we found it, we were like overjoyed and we wanted to do it like immediately.”

“An accessible dance class is very much like any class,” says Matzner. “The teacher comes. They show the step. They help the dancer feel what it’s like on their own body. Every person is limited by their own body structure. Dance really lends itself to meeting everyone where they are at their own ability.”

Mari Koopmans has known Matzner for three years. “She’s much more than a teacher to me. She’s a friend that I get to hug every week and a person who I can laugh with and dance with. She doesn’t think it’s sad that we have special needs. She makes it an opportunity to make us stronger.”

As Mari has progressed, Matzner has taught her new dances. “First we had our classical ballet dance. We had a Broadway-style dance. This year we’re learning Flamenco.”

Tania Tandias is a local Flamenco instructor. She offered to choreograph a dance for Mari. “What you want to think of with Spanish dance is that you want to really stretch out your arms,” says Tandias.

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