What's New

 

Click the Giving Tuesday photo to be taken to our fund raising site.  Thank you!

Yankee Candle Fundraising will allow you to order from Dance Wisconsin through January 18th.  Your purchases support Dance Wisconsin.  You can name a dancer at check out and they will received credit.  Group Number:  990059332.

https://youtu.be/L_LE3b24Fss  Wisconsin Family gets an update on New Works and learns more about Nutcracker.

https://youtu.be/h5dwa5Z-_yk  Learn about what is Dance Wisconsin and how is it different.  We are a non profit 501(c)3 company dedicated to helping dancers learn about what it is like to be in a professional company.  Focus is on performance!

https://youtu. be/QZ7P4kSRa6U  Wisconsin Family visits our new studio 8-18-17

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

LA BOUTIQUE

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

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

SEE WHERE WE DANCE!

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

2605 South Stoughton Road

Madison WI 53716

Phone (608) 221-4535

mononaacademyofdance@gmail.com

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.

Dance Wisconsin does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender expression, age, martital status, sexual orientation, national orgin (ancestry), military status or religion (creed).

History of Dance Wisconsin

Dance Wisconsin is now in its 17th year, but the roots of the company go back decades. The company’s artistic director Jo Jean Retrum and her mother and partner Jean Adams have long believed that audiences in southern Wisconsin deserved to see breathtaking dance productions with choreography, sets, and costumes seldom found outside major metropolitan areas. Their influence on the local dance scene is unrivaled and their productions have earned both critical acclaim and an enthusiastic base of loyal followers.


In 2015 Dance Wisconsin returned its traditional Nutcracker Ballet to the stage.  Its first two years featured Guest Artists from American Ballet Theater with the role of Sugar Plum Fairy being danced by Gillian Murphy. Prior to 2015, for 11 years Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker Fantasy had become a beloved holiday tradition. Dance Wisconsin productions showcase the talents of world-renowned dancers from some of the country’s leading ballet companies along with students trained at Dance Wisconsin’s home studio, Monona Academy of Dance. 


Retrum and Adams produced the Madison area’s first Nutcracker in 1976. The next year they founded the Madison Youth Ballet. Before long they began the tradition of featuring professional dancers to perform as guest artists in their Nutcracker, and eventually the production moved to the Civic Center’s Oscar Mayer Theater.


When the Civic Center brought in Pittsburgh Ballet to perform The Nutcracker in 1981, it became more necessary than ever to be able to compete with professional companies. The name of the company changed to Wisconsin Dance Ensemble, and Retrum and Adams sought and secured professional dancers from American Ballet Theatre for that year’s Nutcracker. This started a long tradition of bringing in dancers from ABT.


In 1999 Wisconsin Dance Ensemble became Dance Wisconsin. The company has been fortunate to have its own small orchestra come together for Nutcracker Fantasy and the now the Nutcracker Ballet each year. Led by original conductor Blake Walter and now Taras Nahirniak, the orchestra features many talented local musicians and also accompanies the beautiful voices of the Monona Grove High School Singers.  


Appreciation for the arts is something Dance Wisconsin believes everyone should share. A critical part of the company’s mission is to remove barriers to discovering the art of dance—which is why, in addition to producing shows that are affordable relative to others in the Madison area, Retrum and Adams have taken their dance instruction to some of Madison’s and Sun Prairie's most economically challenged public schools.


We are proud of the rigorous training we provide and the opportunities we offer our dancers. The many alumni who have gone on to professional careers are testament to the quality of our instruction. Our alumni have danced at companies all over the world, yet they never forget their roots, and many return to perform as guest artists, teach classes, or choreograph new pieces.

 

Mission

To promote and foster dance in Wisconsin and develop appreciation of the arts including dance, music and theatre by creating productions of the highest caliber geared toward entertaining, educating and enriching our diversified audience.


To provide performance opportunities for highly talented and serious dancers; therefore enhancing their arts education through active participation in Dance Wisconsin productions as members of the Dance Wisconsin Company.


To provide opportunities for many area youngsters age seven and older to perform on stage with exposure to notable guest artists in quality ballet productions.


To reach out to the community through demonstrations, special discounted shows and Dance in the Schools programs.