Tuesday, January 23, 2018
MPS partner Danceworks will host the annual Mad Hot Tap competition at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday, January 25. Competition begins at 1:00 p.m. More than 1,000 4th and 5th grade students from 46 MPS schools will show off their best moves. Finals and awards will begin at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public!
Danceworks has delivered high-quality ballroom and tap dance programs to MPS students for more than 11 years. Through the Mad Hot program, hundreds of children gain access to formal dance training. Students develop confidence and poise while also experiencing the value of practice and hard work. The program also motivates students to excel in their schoolwork and helps to drive up attendance.
“The Mad Hot program is so valuable for our students,” said MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver. “These children learn the joy of dance and performing. They also get physical activity and gain the discipline that comes with learning an art form. It’s always exciting to see how proud they are to compete.”
The Mad Hot Tap Competition is made possible by its presenting sponsor, the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Generous funding is also provided by the Helen Daniels Bader Fund, Brewers Community Foundation, City of Milwaukee Arts Board, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Herzfeld Foundation, Dorothy Inbusch Foundation, Inc., Herb Kohl Philanthropies, Kohl’s Cares, Peck Foundation Milwaukee Ltd., Stephens Family Foundation, Strattec, United Performing Arts Fund, We Energies Foundation, and the Wisconsin Arts Board.