Monthly Archives: June 2019

Call for Proposals: Get It Out There! Submit your proposal to DANCEWORKS by July 1, 2019!

Danceworks DanceLAB is an experimental performance initiative dedicated to pushing artists and audiences to expand their thinking about dance as an art form.

Call for Proposals: Get It Out There

Do you have work that you want to get out there?  Would you like to get feedback on it? What about meeting other artists in hopes of collaborating? GET IT OUT THERE is a concert featuring new work created by Milwaukee performing artists from various disciplines. Selected artists will showcase their work on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Danceworks Studio Theatre. Danceworks provides production support including sound and minimal light design. This performance is presented through the DanceLAB concert series.

Interested artists are required to submit written proposals and biographical information to Danceworks on or before Monday, July 1, 2019, using the proposal form below:


Please contact Gina Laurenzi for more information at or (414) 277-8480 x6003.

REGISTER for summer intensive with acclaimed flamenco artist DANICA SENA from July 29 – August 18, 2019!


(Photo Courtesy: Ekevara Kitpowsong/ El Tecolote)

About the Choreographer: DANICA SENA GAKOVICH

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.

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.


Classes are held at Kanopy Dance Studio, 341 State St. 2nd floor above the GAP, Madison, Wisconsin, unless noted otherwise.  

For more information visit: Tania Tandias Flamenco and Spanish Dance Company

Classes will culminate in a student showcase on Sunday, August 18 at 3:30 pm.



Students will focus on the basic technique of the baile flamenco, which include compás (rhythm), footwork, arm & handwork and turns. Students will also learn choreography for the festive fandangos de Huelva.
2 classes/week
Tue 6:45 – 8:00 pm & Thu 6:45 – 8:00 pm, July 30 – August 15
Fee: $120 (6 sessions)


This unique class has been designed to help dancers “demystify” the relationship between the various elements of flamenco as they pertain to building any choreography.  Starting with soleá, or, “la madre del cante”, students will learn how to seek out and recognize specific parts in the order they naturally occur in typical flamenco compositions, and to recognize how those parts appear in similar order in differing palos. This class is designed to help the advanced-beginning/intermediate level student become more secure with choreographies they learn in classes and workshops as well as choreographies they would like to develop on their own.  This is a participatory class and not a lecture and will also include technique drills and exercises.  

*Consent of instructor required.

2 classes/week

Sunday 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Monday 5:30 – 6:45 pm, July 29 – August 18

Fee: $120 (6 sessions) 



In this class, students will continue to build their knowledge of flamenco dance through more challenging choreography, focusing on abandolaos, a palo which is included in the fandangos family, and will be danced with the mantón (Spanish shawl) . 

*Consent of instructor required. A limited number of shawls will be available on loan for the class.

Sunday 11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Monday 6:45 – 8:00 pm, July 29 – August 18

Fee: $120 (6 sessions)

BALLET BEAT! Taking Milwaukee Ballet to the streets

Ballet Beat introduces ballet to audiences of all ages in a hands-on and accessible way.

Introduced in 2017, Ballet Beat strives to reach deeper into the community during the off-season, Milwaukee’s festive summertime! Beginning June 24 Milwaukee Ballet will bring professional dancers into libraries, community centers and senior centers throughout the Greater Milwaukee on a month-long tour of free activities and performances. The tour ends with two free performances on outdoor stages!


This year’s Ballet Beat dancers are Josiah CookRandy CrespoElizabeth HarrisonMarie Harrison-CollinsItzel HernandezBarry Molina and Lizzie Tripp.

Isaac Allen and Anna Gonzalez will represent Milwaukee Ballet II.


High school summer intensive 2019 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. REGISTER NOW!

Enroll for High School Summer Intensive at The University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee!

Faculty & Classes:
Daniel Burkholder – Somatic Practice & Feldenkrais
Mail Culbreth – Improvisation
Gina Laurenzi – Jazz & Repertory
Lisa Moberly– Pilates
Kaley Pruitt – Contemporary

FULL CALENDAR ONLINE HERE:…/…/2019-Summer-Dance-Intensive-Schedule.pdf

Career exploration sessions include interviews with dance and performing arts leaders in the community, professional headshots, plus how-to sessions focused on applying to college and crafting a resume.

This exciting week concludes with a dress rehearsal performance from the internationally acclaimed, Milwaukee-founded Ko-Thi Dance Company and a farewell party for dancers and faculty.

TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
AGES: 15–18
QUESTIONS?: Email us at :

$350 tuition includes lunches, snacks and professional headshots.

University housing is available for four nights/five days for $122.

*Late enrollment is possible through July 26 for an additional $50.

Register Now!


The Ellové Technique® is a non-impact conditioning class taught by certified instructors. It is designed to strengthen and rejuvenate the body using fundamentals of ballet, yoga, fitness, and Pilates. Moving through an intentional playlist of music, the class seamlessly incorporates alignment principles, balance, and full body awareness while focusingon the breath. The Ellové Technique’s use of therapeutic principles improves posture, balance, strength, and flexibility, and students leave class feeling more connected to their bodies.

In 2008 Megan Zintek graduated summa cum laude with her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with over 20 years of experience in her field. She has immersed herself in dance pedagogy since the age of 12, continually sharing her artistry and love of movement with children and adults. She opened the doors to Bella Via Dance Studio in 2011, and grown it into a thriving business that trains 400 young dancers in the Milwaukee area. Safe teaching practices are of the utmost importance to Megan, so she is excited to be training in the Ellové technique, bringing this important cross training tool to dancers in Wisconsin. Her hope is to aid in injury prevention for dancers, both pre-professional and professional.

Progressing Ballet Technique® (PBT) is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet and other dance forms. The method exercises muscle
memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment. Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists.

Kim Johnson, a native “Yooper,” joined Danceworks Performance Company (DPC) in 2000, shortly after graduating from UW-Milwaukee with high honors with a BFA in dance. She has created works for DPC as well as Milwaukee Ballet II. Kim served as DPC’s Associate Artistic Director from 2009-2012 before taking on the role of Artistic Manager of both performance and studio. In 2012, Kim was one of
M Magazine’s “10 Performers that are Changing the Stage.” Kim’s passion for teaching dance to others has been shared at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy where she served as faculty, branch manager and Children’s Division Coordinator, a dance lecturer at UW-Milwaukee since 2006, and faculty Danceworks Studio since 2000. Kim is a member of Milwaukee Dance and Theatre Network and Wisconsin Dance Council. Kim is Pilates mat and Progressing Ballet Technique certified.

If possible, please bring a yoga or exercise mat, a fit ball (7″ or 9″) or playground ball, and a physio ball (55 cm for heights 4′ 8″ to 5′ 3″ or 65 cm for heights 5′ 4″ to 5′ 10″)

EARLY REGISTRATION RATES END 7/15/19 and the first 100 registrants will receive a free gift.
More info is in your newsletter and online registration is available: 


We are so excited that Edwin Olvera will be joining us as Guest Artist for our 2019 Wisconsin Dance Council Conference on August 17!

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE CONFERENCE :  Event Registration – Google Forms

Edwin Olvera (Modern), a proud Wisconsinite, has spread his wings far and wide. His skill and ability has been of worldwide note as he has performed and taught in locations across the globe. After attending UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts, Edwin joined the world renowned dance company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, where he was an integral force in the choreographic and creation process over the course of four years. During this time, he was featured on countless television shows and commercial advertisements including Sesame Street, Born to Dance, and the NFL Channel. Edwin has collaborated with international artists Inbal Pinto and Basil Twist and has been featured in articles by both Dance and Dancer Magazine.


DID YOU KNOW THAT the Wisconsin Dance Council’s Conference on Saturday, August 17 will conclude with a performance?

Photo credit J Matzner

Any Wisconsin Dance Council Studio Member’s dance studio and students are invited to perform! We are limited to 13 performances and within the guidelines listed below. Selection will be on a first come, first serve basis and with all information including music due at time of submission. Please fill out the information below and submit no later than June 15, 2019. Should you have further questions, please email

  • Limit is 13 WDC Member Studios (first come, first serve)
  • Must be a group piece featuring 4+ people
  • Time limit is 2-5 minutes
  • Music should be MP3 or MP4 format and must be included with submission.
  • Performers must pay and register for conference.

Must be available for:

  • Warm Up starting at 2:00 p.m.
  • Rehearsal 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Performance 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Deadline is June 15 and all info including music must be included in submission (no exceptions)


We are THRILLED that Karlies Kelley will be joining us as Guest Artist for our 2019 Wisconsin Dance Council Conference on August 17!

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE CONFERENCE :  Event Registration – Google Forms

Karlies Kelley (Afro Caribbean), originally from Panama, has earned her B.F.A. in Dance from UW- Milwaukee and has over 10 years of experience dancing, teaching and performing in a variety of settings. Her constant research and passion for dance have molded her into a versatile dancer, ranging from Salsa to West African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Modern, Jazz, Theater and more. Karlies is actively involved in the Milwaukee community, engaging youth and adults to move in positive and unifying ways and fully believes that dance is key to living a more happy, colorful and meaningful life.


REGISTER NOW for 2019 WDC Dance Conference!

 Registration is now open for the Annual WDC Dance Conference on Saturday, August 17 at the Reedsburg CAL Center. Early registration rates end 7/15/19 and the first 100 registrants will receive a free gift. More info is in your newsletter and online registration is available:  Event Registration- Google Forms

Please also note there are opportunities for advertising, being a vendor, or performing as part of the conference. For further information, please email