Dance

Eddee Daniel/Daniel Burkholder

The problems plaguing the Louisiana Coast may seem far away. But one local performer is bringing her Cajun heritage to Milwaukee with her new show, Bayou’s State. The show provides an intimate look at the critical problem of coastal land loss.

Photo Courtesy of Danceworks

In the 2005 documentary film “Mad Hot Ballroom,” viewers saw how the lives of New York City public school kids were impacted by dance.

Around that same time, dance was taking center stage in pop culture. Movies like “Step Up” and television shows like “Dancing With the Stars” scored big audiences – many of the viewers were kids.

Leaders on Milwaukee’s dance scene took notice, and decided it was time to open up the art form to kids who might not otherwise experience it.

photo by Paul Mitchell / Wild Space Dance Company

Wild Space Dance Company takes its name seriously. For three decades, founder and artistic director Deb Loewen has taken dancers and audience members on creative and wild adventures.

Site specific works, often in places like industrial ruins in the Menomonee Valley, or an old building in the 5th Ward, push the notions of movement, performance and of dance itself.

Troye Fox

The dance department at UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts opens a four-performance run of its Winterdances 2016 series, titled Evolve as We EnterThursday night. The performance showcases work by a number of choreographers, including Deb Loewen, Dani Kuepper and Amaniyea Payne.

David DeSilva / Axis Dance Company

This week one of the more innovative and inspiring modern dance companies in the country will call Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Arts Center their temporary home. Axis Dance Company is based in Oakland, California, and draws on the equal talents of able bodied and disabled dancers alike to expand on the idea of what movement can be and is for.

Danceworks

Fashion designer Timothy Westbrook joins forces with Danceworks Performance Company in a new show called Paleontology of a Woman.

Mayara Pineiro, Photo: Jessica Kaminski, milwaukeeballet.org

During this dark and cold time of the year, the Milwaukee Ballet traditionally heats up the Marcus Center with its Winter Series – it’s yearly a performance of three new dance works made for the ballet.

Troye Fox

Choreographer Steven Koplowitz takes over two iconic Milwaukee locations to explore water through dance.