What's New

Click picture to order tickets.  On sale 11-6-18!

Support Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker TRADITION with your donation today

Donate Now
            Proud Member!

 https://youtu.be/dgF4Wke_wRo  Wisconsin Family gets an update on Peter Rabbit and Regional Dance America.

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 

 2017 Nutcracker Ballet Media Sponsor!

Dance Wisconsin is on INSTAGRAM.  Find us at @dancewisconsin

Facebook (click to link)

We are on TWITTER too.  @dancewisconsin

Visit Dance Wisconsin's profile on Pinterest.


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.

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).

In the News






NEW WORKS -COLLABORATIONS - SATURDAY OCTOBER 6, 2018 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.  This year Dance Wisconsin welcomes special guest performers Milwaukee Ballet II.

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.  This year Dance Wisconsin welcomes special guest performers Milwaukee Ballet II.

 Information on how to Advertise with Dance Wisconsin


Dance Wisconsin is a 501(c)3 performance company that provides multiple opportunities a year for dancers from all over Wisconsin to participate in full length ballets and other original choreographic pieces.  Auditions are in May for the core company each year.  Nutcracker auditions are in late August/early September and a Spring ballet will audition in January.  Jo Jean Retrum is the Artistic Director of Dance Wisconsin and it rehearses out of her studio Monona Academy of Dance.  Many Monona Academy of Dance students participate in Dance Wisconsin productions, but again it is open to dancers of all ages.  Core Dance Wisconsin Company Members must be at least twelve years of age and taking multiple dance classes each week at the dance studio of their choosing.


Thank you to Wisconsin's 57 Television media sponsor for this year's Nutcracker Ballet

Hearfelt Facebook post by John Sobotik - April 9, 2015:  Had the pleasure of seeing Dance Wisconsin's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at the Mitby this afternoon. (https://www.facebook.com/DanceWisconsin/) This is not your "fall asleep" ballet. Chelsey Suzanne Bradley's choreography is amazing and moves the story right along. The dancing is beautiful and captures the whimsy of the story so well. Little wonder Chelsey has been winning awards for her choreography, this merits a bigger stage. Fantastic.

Ashley Dahm's (https://www.facebook.com/ashley.dahm.77) costumes are fresh and fun. Alice, danced by Frances Violante, is expressive beyond her years. You will love every minute of the show, from Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, to the Duchess, to the Mad Tea Party. The last performance is Sunday at 2, make it there and lift your heart.

Lindsay Christians wrote regarding Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at madison.com on April 8, 2016

1-15-16:  For immediate release:  Dance Wisconsin is pleased to announce that they will be returning to perform at the Overture Center for the Arts for the first time since 2006 on Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Dance Wisconsin will be performing Beyond Ballet II which includes selections from their Beyond Ballet performance in October.  The pieces are all original choreography created by Southern Wisconsin choreographers and set this past August on the Dance Wisconsin Company.

Seven pieces will be performed in the Promenade Hall with its intimate seating and superb sight lines.  Beyond Ballet II is an excellent opportunity to feel the power of the choreography with your close proximity to the dancers in Danielle Fuhrmann’s piece Gravity and the joy of love in Jordan Tiede’s Imprint.  Additional pieces created by:  Chelsey Bradley, Ashley Dahm and Margaret Violante.  First time choreographer, Emily Ginocchio, will also have a piece presented.  

Do not delay in purchasing your tickets as only a limited number are available.  

Thank you to Lindsay Christians for a great article on Dance Wisconsin's Nutcracker.

The 2015-2016 Dance Wisconsin Company


Click here to view this video

 Fall 2014 - A big welcome and thank you to Prairie Flowers and Gifts.  Prairie Flowers and Gifts is now the official florist of Dance Wisconsin!  We couldn't be more proud or thankful for their support.  Visit their store at 245 E Main ST Sun Prairie or their web site - http://www.flowerssunprairie.com/

Michael Hartung

Fall Newsletter 2014 and Winter Newsletter 2014



Newsletter March 2014.  Click to read and thank you!

Thank you again WISC-TV Channel 3.   


Photo credits to Vincent Bradley.  From dress rehearsal 10-9-13.  Pieces to be performed Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:30 pm, Mitby Theater.

June 1, 2013  Artistic Director Jo Jean Retrum is pleased to announce new members to the Dance Wisconsin Company.  They are:  Katherine Kennedy, Margaret Violante, Parker Buske and Noelle Livingston.  These lovely dancers will be seen this upcoming season in all three Dance Wisconsin productions.


Dance Wisconsin was honored to perform at the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" on Saturday, June 1, 2013.  Many of our dancers and their families participated in the walk/run with the group "Dancers for a Cure" in support of breast cancer research and early screening for the disease.



It is with sad hearts that we inform you of the death of our beloved Jean Ada Adams.

A link to her obituary is here.  Jean touched so many lives with her brilliant costume designs, choreography and amazing ability to teach the art of dance to her students.   We love you Jean.  Thank you for the joy to brought to our lives.   


Dance Wisconsin's February Newsletter http://conta.cc/14Mwosc


 Dance Wisconsin's Year End Newsletter 


Thank you for representing us so professionally:  Miss Celia, rehearal assistant and choreographer, Carlen, dancer, and Anthony, dancer.

Update from the 2012 Golf Outing:  Congratulations Mr. Chad Schwenn on winning the 2011-2012 Autographed Packer Football.  Thank you for supporting Dance Wisconsin and thank you again to the Green Bay Packer Organization for their donation.     

Monday, March 26, 2012.  Jo Jean Retrum is pleased to announce that her tap piece Take Five was selected to be performed at RDA in Montreal Canada the week of May 1, 2012.  The Dance Wisconsin dancers are busy preparing for their international travels.  Scholarship audition forms are being filled.  Head shots being taken.  Some French is even being heard throughout the studio.  The dancers are more than thrilled to have this extraordinary opportunity. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012.  Thank you to everyone that attended An Afternoon of Dance.  We appreciate your patronage.  The show was fantastic.  The Performing Arts Center at the Sun Prairie High School was a fabulous location and the Sun Pairie Community was so welcoming.  We hope to return soon.

In the news storage 2011 and earlier.