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Danceworks Inc.

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Enchanted Parking Lot; photo credit: Mark Frohna, featuring DPMKE

Out of Many One; Jan Serr Studio; photo credit Mark Frohna, featuring DPMKE

Revealing the Eclectic Body; St. Kate Arts Hotel; photo credit: Mark Frohna, featuring DPMKE


photo credit: Mark Frohna

Founded in 1992, the mission of Danceworks, Inc. is to enhance joy, health and creativity by engaging the community through dance. Danceworks’ vision is to be a driving force that builds community through movement and creative arts.
Danceworks is committed to taking arts and arts learning beyond the studio and theatre and into the community by creating work that resonates with diverse groups of people. Danceworks contributes to Milwaukee’s cultural vitality by sparking a lifelong interest and participation in the arts.

Danceworks serves more than 55,000 children, adults and seniors each year through:

  • Original choreography & performances by Danceworks Performance MKE;

  • Modeled after the professional company, Danceworks Youth Performance Company members train all year long and participate in a season of themed dance concerts in Danceworks Studio Theatre, and out in the community;

  • A year-round experimental venue for local and national artists called the DanceLAB;

  • Nearly 90 weekly in-person, virtual or outdoor dance and dance fitness classes for youth and adults at our downtown studio and at satellite locations;

  • Dance and arts programming at schools virtually or in-person in Milwaukee and surrounding communities; and

  • Dance and arts in-person or virtual programming for older adults.

Our classes, programs and performances are dedicated to helping every student of the arts reach their fullest potential, both physically and mentally. We believe that all people benefit from dance and other arts activities. We strive to create an environment in which each student develops self-discipline, self-confidence and enthusiasm for the performing arts.

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