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https://youtu.be/-pwwoC85asM  Ms. Jo Jean discussion Dance Wisconsin and MAD on Wisconsin Family

https://youtu.be/490e_eGOrlY  Dance Wisconsin on Girl Talk.  :) On WI57

Dance Wisconsin on Wisconsin Family :) https://youtu.be/zHqpN0Rs19o 

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Dance Wisconsin is on INSTAGRAM.  Find us at @dancewisconsin

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We are on TWITTER too.  @dancewisconsin

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Contact Information:

Artistic Director: Jo Jean Retrum

Phone:  608-221-4535

Email:  dancewisconsin@gmail.com


The official store of Dance Wisconsin.  Located at 2605 South Stoughton Road Madison 53716

Summer Hours:  Monday - Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 


Visit the site for our home studio, Monona Academy of Dance.

2605 South Stoughton Road

Madison WI 53716

Phone (608) 221-4535


The official hotel of Dance Wisconsin is the Holiday Inn at the American Center.  Located at 5109 West Terrace Drive, Madison Wisconsin.  Phone:  608-249-4220.  Website: www.holidayinn.com/madisonwi. Follow them on  Facebook here.

The official florist of Dance Wisconsin is Prairie Flowers and Gift.  Visit them at 245 East Main Street, Sun Prairie Wisconsin.  Website: http://www.flowerssunprairie.com Phone:  608-837-3830.  Follow them on Facebook here.

The official movers of Dance Wisconsin is Gorilla Movers of Wisconsin.  Visit them at http://gorillamoversofwi.com/.  They are also on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gorillamoversofwi/?fref=ts.  Their phone is 608-417-9617.

Dance Wisconsin is a 501(c)3 corporation.

2016-2017 Season

NEW WORKS CONCERT - OCTOBER 8, 2016 7:30 PM Mitby Theater - 3550 Anderson ST - Madison College
Serving as Dance Wisconsin’s season opener, New Works highlights innovative original choreography while showcasing classic works too. Pieces premiering at this event have earned regional and national acclaim for choreography, lighting, and costuming. 


NUTCRACKER BALLET  - DECEMBER 17, 2016 2:00 & 7:30 PM  and DECEMBER 18, 2016 2:00 PM. WISCONSIN UNION THEATER  Nutcracker Ballet functions as Dance Wisconsin’s largest production each season. With a cast of 120, dancers from throughout southern Wisconsin, performers participate and work together to create this seasonal favorite.  Live choral music with Monona High School vocalists and orchestral music with the Dance Wisconsin orchestra accompany the ballet. 

Regarding Auditions for Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker Ballet.  Thank you for your interest.  Audition fees are $15.  Fees are placed into the scholarship fund and used to assist dancers applying for scholarship to be a part of our productions.  

The fee for being a part of the Nutcracker Ballet is $275 for the first dancer and an additional $50 for each family member with the total fee not to exceed $375.  A multipe of fund raising options are available to the families to assist them in raising funds for being a member of the production.

Dance Wisconsin prides itself that every dancer in the production will be on stage dancing for a minimum of two minutes and thirty seconds.  Many other location productions may have dancers on stage sitting or standing but not actually dancing.  Dancers will be dancing in our production.  

Rehearsal timess for the production are on Saturday afternoons and Sunday afternoons dependent upon the role you are assigned.  Please contact Artistic Director Jo Jean Retrum if you are interested in auditioning but fear you may have a conflict.  Lets talk prior to the auditions.  Phone 608-221-4535 or email dancewisconsin@gmail.com.


SELECTIONS FROM NEW WORKS - JANUARY 28, 2017 7:30 PM PROMENADE HALL OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS Dance Wisconsin will present five original works.  Dance Wisconsin will provide patrons insight into how each choreographer crafts their piece and invite patrons to ask questions to dancers and choreographers.


ALICE IN WONDERLAND BALLET - Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 PM MITBY THEATER.  Alice in Wonderland features original choreography by Chelsey Bradley, set specifically for the Dance Wisconsin Company.  With lively characters, comedy, costumes, and sets, Alice in Wonderland will integrate a traditional storyline with contemporary and classic ballet dance. Young children, youth, and adults will enjoy this show!  New this year are the characters of Spades, Butterflies and a Little Alice.



Regional Dance America National FestivalPhoenix Arizona -  May 2017



Alice's Adventures in Wonderland


Dance for Life

La Fille Mal Gardée

New Works

Nutcracker Ballet

Nutcracker Fantasy


Peter and the Wolf

Peter Rabbit's Ballet

Les Sylphides