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Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Dance Competition open to the public

Over 1,000 fourth and fifth grade students from 46 Milwaukee area schools will show off their tap dancing skills at the Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition on Thursday, January 25th, 2018!The public is invited to the BMO Harris Bradley Center (1001 N. 4th St. in Milwaukee) beginning at 1:00pm to cheer on students as they compete in Funky, Latin and Swing styles of tap dance as part of the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom & Tap Program (Danceworks Mad Hot). Finals and awards will begin at 4:00pm. The Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition is completely free and open to the public, and guests are welcome to join throughout the day.

Danceworks launched the 12th year of Mad Hot with fourth and fifth graders at 46 Milwaukee area public and private schools in October, including nine schools that are new to the program (see list below). Participating students are trained for one hour, twice per week—22 hours total—learning routines for each style of tap dance over the course of the fall semester. Most participating students have never taken a dance class prior to their instruction in Danceworks Mad Hot.

The program’s primary goals are to improve students’ self-confidence; to improve students’ respect for self and others; and to improve students’ attitudes toward physical activity. Since the program’s inception in 2006, Danceworks Mad Hot has reached over 26,000 Milwaukee area students—more than 550,000 hours of tap and ballroom instruction!

For more information about Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Program, visit the Danceworks website at

Danceworks Mad Hot Fall 2017 Participating Schools

Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA)Alcott School*Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School*Auer Avenue SchoolBenjamin Franklin SchoolBrown Street AcademyBruce Elementary*Byron Kilbourn SchoolCarter’s Christian AcademyCass Street SchoolClement Avenue SchoolCross Trainers AcademyCurtin Leadership AcademyDoerfler SchoolElm Creative Arts SchoolElm Dale Elementary SchoolEscuela FratneyFifty-Third Street SchoolForest Home Avenue SchoolHampton SchoolHartford University SchoolHawthorne School*J.W. Riley SchoolKluge SchoolLancaster SchoolLincoln Center of the Arts*Lowell SchoolMacDowell Montessori SchoolManitoba School*Maryland Avenue Montessori SchoolMilwaukee Environmental Sciences AcademyMilwaukee French Immersion SchoolMilwaukee Parkside School for the ArtsNeeskara SchoolPierce SchoolRiver Trail School*Roosevelt Elementary SchoolSherman Multicultural Arts SchoolSiefert SchoolStory SchoolSt. Martini Lutheran School*Stuart School*Trowbridge School of Discovery and TechnologyU.S. Grant SchoolWestside AcademyWisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning

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