Monthly Archives: January 2019

See Sadira Middle Eastern Dance at the Overture Center’s “International Festival,” February 23, 2019, at 1:35pm!

Sadira Middle Eastern Dance
At the International Festival Saturday, February 23, 2019
Overture Center for the Arts Madison, WI
Overture Center’s Rotunda Stage at 1:35pm

Photograph by Matzner Photography

Join Sadira Middle Eastern Dance for an exciting performance at Overture Center for the Arts for the International Festival on Saturday, February 23, 2019!  Sadira will be performing at the Overture Center’s Rotunda Stage at 1:30pm

This family friendly event is free and open to the public!

For more information on performances contact Sadira Dance or email:

Join Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance at the Overture Center for the Arts on February 23, 2019, for the International Festival!

Photograph by Matzner Photography

Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance Performs at the International Festival
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Overture Center for the Arts Madison, WI
Capitol Theater from 2:45pm 3:10pmJoin Tania Tandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance for an exciting performance filled with rhythm, drama and color at the Overture Center for the Arts for the International Festival on Saturday, February 23, 2019!

This family friendly event is free and open to the public!

For more information on performances by TaniaTandias Flamenco & Spanish Dance visit:

Get Tickets for the Milwaukee Ballet’s “Genesis,” February 14-17, 2019!


The Milwaukee Ballet  sets the stage for choreographic creation with the return of the Genesis competition to the Pabst Theater.

Finalists will showcase new works created on the company and vie for the prize of a commission—which will be awarded by a panel of guest artistic directors.

Audiences will enjoy their own adjudication process by voting for an Audience Choice Award.

Genesis gives ambitious young artists a chance to have their work seen on a major stage,” says Artistic Director Michael Pink. “And it offers the audience an extraordinary chance to witness new work–a central component of our company’s longstanding commitment to produce innovative and imaginative world premieres in Milwaukee.”


Choreographers from around the world submit footage of work they’ve created. The only credential they need is a current contract with a professional classical or contemporary dance company.

Learn more about the 2019 Genesis choreographers here.

Three choreographers, selected by Michael Pink, will come to Milwaukee to create new work on the company which will be premiered at Genesis 2019.

A panel of guest artistic directors will choose the winner.



Milwaukee Ballet Box Office: Located at 504 W. National Ave; Open M-F 8:30am – 5pm; Call 414.902.2103


Wild Space Creates “Making/Unmaking” at The Warehouse, February 21-24, 2019!

Wild Space Dance Company Creates “Making/Unmaking” at The Warehouse
7:30 pm, February 21-23, 2019
Matinee: 2:30 pm, February 24
The Warehouse
1635 W. St. Paul Avenue, Milwaukee (a new gallery space in the Menomonee Valley, part of the West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historical District)

Photography by Tom Bamberger

“One of my passions is visual art,” says Wild Space Dance Company‘s Artistic Director Debra Loewen, “I have often incorporated visual art, video and film in my work because it fulfills a desire to make two-dimensional works into three-dimensional movement. When Guardian Fine Art Services owner John Shannon suggested Wild Space create a performance for their new gallery space, The Warehouse, I leapt at the opportunity. The former industrial space with its stout columns and brick façade help inspire the dance work we are creating.”

Making/Unmaking explores what it means to make, view and interpret visual art. Dancers appear and disappear among the gallery’s columns as they transform color fields, photography, sculpture and sketches into gestural dance and bold movements.  Audiences discover new perspectives as they switch locations, a playful take on the interaction of viewer and art. Original art work by internationally-known local artists Tom Bamberger and Jill Sebastian will be featured in the performance.

“The performance is like a moving landscape framed by the boundaries of The Warehouse,” says Loewen. “Walls, columns, windows and the audience themselves provide borders for the interplay of foreground and background, one of the central concepts of visual art.”

This performance marks the fourth collaboration with Valenza, following October’s Acts of Discovery. Performers (at press time) include Katelyn Altmann, Ben Follensbee, Caitlyn Grubich, Tori Isaacs, Amanda Laabs, Danielle Lohuis, Annie Peterson, Maggie Seer, Nicole Spence, Elisabeth Roskopf, Dan Schuchart, andJimmi Weyneth.

Advance Tickets: General $22, Student/Senior $16
At the door: General $25, Student/Senior $18
Tickets: 800-838-3006 or at the link below 

Making/Unmaking and its related outreach program is funded in part by grants from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin, The Herzfeld Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Gerda A. Debelak Fund.

About The Warehouse

The Warehouse is a 4,000 SF exhibition space on the ground floor of a large five-story former factory and warehouse built in 1924 in Milwaukee’s Design District, part of the newly designated West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historical District. LED lighting and display walls have been added to the renovated space, which retains elements of the building’s industrial past, such as concrete columns and floors. The Warehouse mounts curated exhibits of artists from its permanent collection and other sources.

About Wild Space

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

Get Ready for Kanopy Dance Company’s Apocalyptic Vision in Heavy Metal –The Puppet Master–February 8-10, 2019 and February 15-17, 2019 !

Get Ready for Kanopy Dance Company’s Apocalyptic Vision in Heavy Metal –The Puppet Master–February 8-10, 2019 and February 15-17, 2019– With costumes designed by David Quinn !
Photograph Matzner Photography
Enter the dark land of enchantment, the world of the Puppet Master in this glam-rock evening of supernatural horror and high jinks. Delight in the topsy-turvy world, set to the music of a cello metal band. See inmates at an asylum dancing gleefully with the devil. Follow the outrageous Mohawk Man down the rabbit hole, and emerge in a world where Puppet Master is in control. Delightfully creepy china dolls and figures in shrouds hold our hero captive. Finally they cross the River Styx, and even more otherworldly mayhem ensues. Come the dark side for one night and revel in this dream world!
Pre-Show Talk Opening Night
FRI, FEB 8, 7 PM – 7:30 PM, Promenade Hall
Show ticket or ticket stub to Devil’s Night for admittance. Meet the artists.
Master Class
Kanopy Principal Dancer Juan Carlos Diaz Velez
THU, FEB 7, 4:30 PM – 6 PM, Kanopy Studio, 341 State St Madison WI 53703
For more information and to purchase tickets:

The Wisconsin Dance Council Scholarship Applications are now Available!

The Wisconsin Dance Council Scholarship Applications are now Available

The Wisconsin Dance Council Scholarship Applications are now available and will sent to all members in good standing this week.  

Every Wisconsin Dance Council Member can nominate one student for a scholarship to attend  a summer dance intensive.
If you would like to join the Wisconsin Dance Council or renew your membership, you can choose to join or renew through the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and receive dual membership in both NDEO and the Wisconsin Dance Council because the Wisconsin Dance Council is the State Affiliate of NDEO.   Many studios and schools choose to join by registering for an Institutional Membership with NDEO so they can begin their own Chapter of the The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA).

Or, you could join the WDC directly by printing  our registration form and mailing it in with your check.  If using PayPal is more convenient, you can use the online form.

Questions?  Email us or give us a call at 608-535-9WDC (608-535-9932).

Join Danceworks for the 13th annual Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition, Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena!

Photography by Mark Frohna

The Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition is completely free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to join at any time during the event!

This incredible celebration will show off the hard work of over 1,000 fourth and fifth grade students from 38 Milwaukee area schools, as they compete in Latin and Swing styles of tap dance as part of Danceworks Mad Hot. New this year, students will also compete in the category of hip hop dance, in addition to the traditional tap dance.
We invite you to join us at our new Competition home, the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena (400 W. Kilbourn Ave. in Milwaukee), beginning at 1:00pm to cheer on students, with finals and awards beginning at 4:00pm. 

Final Call for Kids From Wisconsin Auditions in Eau Claire, Platteville, and Milwaukee!


DANCERS give it a try!

The iconic Kids From Wisconsin are once again seeking students — ages 15-20 — to be part of the group declared “Wisconsin’s Premiere Musical Ambassadors.”   It is the final call for applicants for the February auditions.

For the last 50 summers, the Kids From Wisconsin have toured across the state, performing a live, two-hour Broadway-style revue of song, dance and music.  The group showcases Wisconsin’s brightest musicians, singers and dancers.  The “Kids” also work with the next generation of arts students in the communities where they perform, offering workshops and outreach.

For this year’s troupe, 36 talented individuals will be chosen to experience a professional summer of performing live to more than 120,000 people at roughly 60 venues.   Performers receive room and board, along with a weekly per-diem.  We are seeking your community’s serious performers. All applicants will receive professional feedback at their auditions.  Online applications continue to be accepted until capacity is reached.

Singer/Dancers and Instrumentalists who have a serious performing interest should apply online at Auditions are slated for:

February 15:  UW-EAU CLAIRE 

February 22: UW-PLATTEVILLE 


“I wouldn’t be the performer I am today without the experience I received as a showman with the Kids From Wisconsin from 1977 – 1980,” said Dave Bilger, Principal trumpet at the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yamaha Performing Artist.  

“Like I tell all my students – With the Kids From Wisconsin, when you are on the outside looking in, you have no idea what you are missing. The experience is life changing! I wish I could be a Kid again.” said Mike Krofta, 1979-1983 alumnus and band director at Oconomowoc High School. “The Kids From Wisconsin is literally the best group a high school/college musician, or singer/dancer can become involved in.”

 70% of Kids From Wisconsin alumni go on to a professional performing arts field.   

The Kids From Wisconsin 2019 tour can be found here: or on Travel Wisconsin

Get Tickets at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center to See BOYS IN TROUBLE BY SEAN DORSEY DANCE, February 14, 2019!

Boys in Trouble by Sean Dorsey Dance. Photo: Lydia Daniller.

Thursday, Feburary 14, 2019
Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

“Ballet is heteronormative. These artists are fixing that.”—SF Weekly

Trailblazing transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey returns to the stage with BOYS IN TROUBLE, a new evening of dances that unpack masculinity with unflinching honesty—from unapologetically trans and queer perspectives.

True Transsexual Confessions. An unabashed love letter between queer Black men. A send-up of all things Macho. A queer spin on butchness. Real talk about whiteness. An invitation to look deeply at Shame. A witness to hurt and heartbreak. A road map for another way.

Note: adult language and some themes of violence.

$20 ($15 member)

Register for Classes with Dianné Aldrich of 4Pillars4Health, at her AMAZING YURT, or at UW Health!

Join Dianné Jean Aldrich in the beautiful and nourishing 4Pillars4Health EcoSpace and experience how time with her in the yurt will harmonize your perception and
enhance your life in countless ways.  In addition to Dance, Dianné offers Pilates, Bodywork, Meditation, Ritual, Sacred LifeStyle Coaching, Energy Balancing, Sustainability Workshops, and Essential Oil treatments. 

Winter Session:  10 Weeks
January 15 – March 21, 2019

Wednesday Classes:

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Appointments:

Community & Corporate Outreach

UW-Health/The American Center
8 Week Winter Workshops: January 28th – March 18th

Corporate Consultation & Workshops by Appointment
Contact Dianné Jean Aldrich: 608-279-5225