Monthly Archives: November 2018

Get Tickets to Kanopy Dance’s “Winter Fantsia”, Nov. 30- Dec. 2!

Winter Fantasia

Presented by Harms InsuranceWisconsin’s 57 Television, and AC Hotel Mariott

Guest Artist: David Quinn, Costume Designer, Quinndustry, NYC

Photograph by Matzner Photography
Photography by Matzner Photography

November 30, December 1 & 2, 2018

Overture Center for the Arts

201 State Street Madison, WI 53703

Fri: 7:30pm      
Sat: 5pm
Sat: 8pm
Sun: 2:30pm
Buy Tickets

Overture Center Security and Safety Guidelines
Tickets:, 608.258.4141

Deck the Halls with Snow Fairies, Solstice Lights and Carols

As the snowflakes begins to swirl, and icicles dot the winter landscape, Kanopy presents two treasured December stories through dance: Once Upon a Winter’s Eve and The Norse Tree of Life (Yggdrasil). In Winter’s Eve, a little girl wanders into a glade of trees to play at twilight. Amongst the glistening branches and glittery snow she happens upon the snow fairies and their queen. Accompanied by “Ceremony of Carols,” it’s a stunning tale of winter wonder. Deeper in Kanopy’s snowy forest, audiences will encounter ladies dancing gaily under a mighty Norse evergreen. To mark the season, a little girl and her friends drape the tree with garlands and yuletide decorations. Don’t miss these holiday gems!


Master Class in Yoga and Performance Art 
Saturday Dec 1, 10:30AM-12PM
Kanopy Studio, 341 State St Madison WI 53703

Please Support the Wisconsin Dance Council on #GivingTuesday!

Dear Dance Supporter,

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The Wisconsin Dance Council uses these donations to provide scholarships for summer dance opportunities for talented dancers in the State of Wisconsin. Please consider making a donation to the Wisconsin Dance Council Scholarship Fund! Your gift, big or small, makes all the difference.

Warm wishes and happy holidays,

The Wisconsin Dance Council

UW-Madison Dance Department Presents the Kloepper Concert, December 8-9, 2018!

The UW-Madison Dance Department presents the annual Kloepper Concert, a studio performance of new student work, in the historic Louise Kloepper Studio, room 549 Lathrop Hall on December 8-9, 2018. 

Photo by Maureen Janson Heintz

Thirteen student choreographers, including Caroline Criste, Lauren Forrest, Charli Harris, Elisa Hildner, Julianna Hom, Lauren John, Haley Johnson, Cassie Last, Lauren Lynch, Sarah Meltzer, Jessica Robling, Megan Schimke, Bailey Seymour, and Alice Svetic will present a mix of solo and ensemble works Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm, followed by a matinee performance on Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 pm.

Two of the works from this performance, She is not Pink by Elisa Hildner and Rule Number One: Keep Going by Bailey Seymour, were also selected to represent the Dance Department at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) North-Central  conference, an annual conference which supports and recognizes dance in higher education. The conference will take place in March 2019 at the University of Minnesota-Morris. 

The concert will also feature an ensemble piece from the First Year Workshop, a collaborative piece from first-year dance degree students directed by Kate Corby, associate professor and chair of the Dance Department.

This studio concert is named for Louise Kloepper, former chair of the Dance  Department. Kloepper came to the UW in 1942 to study dance, after almost a decade teaching and dancing with the Hanya Holm School and Company. In 1942, she was the first dance professional admitted as a dance student at the UW-Madison campus. The same year she graduated, in 1946, she became an assistant professor at UW-Madison. Kloepper was a distinguished teacher of dance technique and composition, serving as artistic director and producer for many faculty-student presentations. She chaired the program for several years and was a professor of dance until she retired in 1975.

Professor Emerita Anna Nassif said Kloepper was “a humanist who followed the ideas of John Dewey and Margaret H’Doubler” someone who “put her faith in each student’s ability and talent to grow into a teacher, artist, therapist by his or her own effort and motivation.” This studio concert of student works is aptly named, as it represents an opportunity for creative growth for students in a space – Studio 549, Lathrop Hall – dedicated to Kloepper.

Saturday, December 8 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 9 at 2:30pm 
Louise Kloepper Studio, 549 Lathrop Hall
1050 University Ave., Madison, WI 

Tickets are $10, cash only, and can only be purchased at the door, one hour before the performances. Seating is VERY limited. 

There will be a reception immediately following Saturday’s performance in the Virginia Harrison Parlor, Lathrop Hall.

Get Tickets for Marlene Skog’s ‘Consider It Not So Deeply’, November 15-17, 2018, at Lathrop Hall!

Photography by Matzner Photography

Marlene Skog will present her evening-length contemporary ballet concert‘Consider It Not So Deeply.’ in Madison, November 15-November 17, 2018 at the Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Avenue, Madison.  

Contemporary Ballet Unpacks Female Strength and Wit
Through the Lens of Shakespeare’s Women
‘Consider It Not So Deeply.‘ explores the conflicting layers of the female psyche in Shakespeare’s women through Skog’s powerful, demanding choreography, Shakespeare’s theatrical prose, and original sound, designed by Matan Rubenstein and Timothy Russell.

The concert features a lively 60 minutes of evocative contemporary movement accompanied by both original music and that of Vivaldi, as well as spoken word. It includes a cast of 15 dance artists and one actor performing a mix of solo and ensemble works that “unearth the shifting roles and identity of females within Renaissance society across cultures and throughout history,” said Skog, an assistant professor of dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

“My interest here, was to examine the complexity of the female through contemporary movement, spoken monologues and music, and Shakespeare’s women provide a tremendous landscape for that,” she said. Skog said further that Shakespeare’s female characters are shrewd, outspoken, and multidimensional. She intends, with this body of work, to bring their “passion, guilt, tenderness, and courage” to life through dance. 

Thursday, November 15 at 8:00pm
Friday, November 16 at 8:00pm
Saturday, November 17 at 2:30pm
Margaret H’Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall
1050 University Ave., Madison

Get Tickets
Tickets are $22, $16 for students/seniors and will be on sale the week of November 5, 2018. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 608-265-ARTS, and in person at 800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI.

**If you pay cash in person anytime at Campus Arts Ticketing or at Lathrop Hall one hour before the show, you will not have to pay additional facility fees.
About the Choreographer
Marlene Skog’s career as a performer and award-winning choreographer spans over thirty years at home and abroad. She is a passionate educator and advocate for the arts. Her work is known for its emotional range, brilliant technique, and intentional fluidity between classical ballet and contemporary dance styles. It addresses the enduring question of what it means to be human and is purposeful in its strong synthesis of movement, music and message.

A native New Yorker, Skog worked in Sweden for fourteen years, founding the international company, Marlene Skog & Dancers, as well as Uppsala Dansakedemi, an establishment for dance arts. Skog was commissioned to choreograph for multiple cultural events in Sweden, including the International Arts Festival—Norway, Scandinavian Cultural Conference, and the International Women’s Convention at Uppsala University. Additionally, she was awarded several unique honors for a foreign national, including the prestigious People’s University Cultural Prize, Gotsa Knutsson Cultural Award and NordBanken’s Cultural Award.

Skog received her MFA from the University of Arizona, where her tenure was recognized with the Creative Achievement Award as well as the Green Valley Concert Association Fellowship Award in Choreography. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally, including Charlotte, Chicago, New York City, Hawaii, Madison, and across the Midwest, as well as the King’s Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the World Dance Alliance in Vancouver B.C. She is currently on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Assistant Professor of Dance.
For more information visit

‘Consider It Not So Deeply.’ is supported by the Virginia Horne Henry Foundation, the University of Wisconsin Graduate School, and friends of Marlene Skog Dance.

FREE Dance Day at Kehl School of Dance on Friday, November 16, 2018!

FREE Dance Day at the Kehl School of Dance on Friday, November 16th!

Photograph by Matzner Photography

The Kehl School of Dance is having a FREE dance day event on Friday, November 16th!

Ages 2-3: 11-11:30
Ages 3-4: 11:30-12:15 (reading a short story)

Students  will dance to Nutcracker music from our upcoming Children’s Nutcracker production!

Register using the link below for the Kehl School[s  Winter Nutcracker themed FREE Dance class! Enjoy a classic Nutcracker story with Miss Ashley and dance out the Nutcracker ballet with props, imagination and lots of fun! Information below:

Who: Students ages 2-5- no dance experience required! (*if your student is NOT in this age range but would like to try a free dance class, there is an option check below!)
When: Friday, November 16th 11-11:30am (ages 2-3), 11:30-12:15 (ages 3-5)
Where: Madison Kehl Studio, 5117 Verona Road inside the Design Mart

What to wear: Clothes comfortable for dancing. Dance shoes not needed but please wear them if you have them! Name tags will be provided. See our Facebook event for more information.

Register here!

Check Your WDC Email for Discount on “AGAINST THE GRAIN: THE LIFE & TIMES OF LEVI FISHER” at the JMKAC, November 9-10!

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has extended a special offer to Wisconsin Dance Council Members and your dance students to see AGAINST THE GRAIN: THE LIFE & TIMES OF LEVI FISHER AMES, a performance by Danceworks Performance Company with Theatre MXT.  CHECK YOUR WISCONSIN DANCE COUNCIL EMAIL FOR DISCOUNT INFORMATION.

Two performances times:
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. or
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

This interdisciplinary work imagines artist Levi Fisher Ames (1843–1923) on his final day. Against the Grain: The Life & Times of Levi Fisher Ames explores his memories, family, showmanship, and relationship with the creatures he created through a mix of dialogue, dance, and film sequences.  Presented by Danceworks Performance Company with Theatre MXT.

All ages

$20 ($15 member)

Photo: Against the Grain: The Life & Times of Levi Fisher Ames by Danceworks Inc. Performance Company in collaboration with Theatre MXT. Artwork courtesy of Danceworks Inc. Performance Company.

To purchase  tickets, call the Arts Center at 920.458.6144.

Also, a Free all-ages movement/theatre workshop will be held Saturday, Nov 10, 10:30 a.m.:


University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point NDEO Student Chapter Presentation, November 12, 2018!

NDEO Student Chapter Presentation
Date and Time: November 12 from 6:00-6:30
Location: Noel Fine Arts Center 221

Nine UWSP dance students who attended the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) conference in San Diego will be giving the presentation they gave at the conference, in addition to sharing their experience and ideas they took away from the conference. At this time, they will also be sharing other information about NDEO and the introduction of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) to UWSP NDEO members.

First Year Student Repertory Performance
Date and Time: November 16 at 11:25
Location: Noel Fine Arts Center Courtyard

The UWSP first year dance program students will be presenting a work from their freshman repertory class. The work is entitled “Three Nocturnes.” This work is choreographed by Michael Estanich, and the students will be working in collaboration with the UWSP music department.

Danstage 2018 Auditions
Date and Time: November 19 and 20 5:00-9:00
Location: Noel Fine Arts Center 136

Danstage performances will be held in the spring of 2019, featuring works created by UWSP faculty members Joan Karlen, Michael Estanich, and Jeannie Hill, as well as one guest choreographer.