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Students put on their boogie shoes for Mad Hot Tap Competition

What has 2,000 feet and dances like crazy? A gathering of 1,000 students in vivid costumes hopping, stepping, and shuffle-ball-changing in the annual Danceworks Mad Hot Tap Competition.Mad Hot

On January 25, fourth and fifth graders from 46 Milwaukee schools put their best feet forward at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, dazzling their family and friends with funk, Latin, and swing styles they learned through the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Program.

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--most of them have never been in a dance class before. Students develop confidence and showmanship while also experiencing the value of practice and hard work. Students take a one-hour class twice weekly during the fall semester (at no cost, thanks to generous funders) and they learn routines for each style of tap dance in preparation for the competition.

The Mad Hot Tap program is known to motivate students to excel in their schoolwork and help drive up attendance. Joyful arts experiences inspire students' creativity, promote a love of learning, and encourage discipline that will serve them well in the classroom and throughout their lives.

Congratulations to Bruce Elementary, the overall winner of the Mad Hot Tap competition!

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