The Dance Spot: Steps & Styles
$15 individual/$20 couple - all skills are welcome!
Hour-long classes will cover many styles of Ballroom, Latin, and Social dances for persons of any skill level, with or without a partner. We will provide a moving, charming, and magnetizing social atmosphere while you develop your finesse, confidence, and comfort with dance.
Ballroom 3-4p (Waltz/Tango/Foxtrot/Viennese Waltz)
Latin 4:30-5:30p (Rumba/Chacha/Bolero/Samba)
Social Dances 6-7p (Hustle/Salsa-Mambo/Bachata/Merengue/Swing)
Forrest Jackson (he/him)
Forrest Jackson is a pianist, vocalist, a (sometimes) trombonist, and recording artist based out of Milwaukee. Growing up in a music-loving family, Forrest has always been surrounded by different genres and soundscapes and brings all of these influences to his playing. From rock to jazz, or EDM to Rap, it’s never about the genre for him. “I don’t think of genres as categories or ‘boxes’, to me, they’re options, intertwining paths that hopefully lead to something sounding cool.” Want to work with him?
Posy Knight (she/they)
Posy teaches visual arts for Milwaukee Public Schools and serves on the Board of Directors of 53212 Presents. Knight is a Featured Member at the Walkers Point
Center for the Arts where she created the Short Dance Film Series (2021). She has appeared online in Theatre Gigante’s “Fairytales” (2021), Quasimondo Physical Theatre’s “ADA” (2021), and “Giraffe on Fire” (2022) and was last seen onstage in a two-person recreation of Franz Schubert’s song cycle “Winterreise” created with tenor Tim Rebers in 2019. Her philosophy is inspired by Mierle Laderman-Ukeles' Maintenance Art Manifesto (1969). Knight is an anti disciplinarian artist, which Amir Reza Asadi describes as follows: “Interdisciplinary work is when people from different disciplines work together. But antidisciplinary is something very different; it’s about working in spaces that simply do not fit into any existing academic discipline–a specific field of study with its own particular words, frameworks, and methods.”
[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A black man plays a trombone seated against a long black wall. He is wearing a green tee shirt, black shorts, gray socks and has his dreads stuffed up inside a tall black knitted hat.]
Zeze Schorsch (they/them)
Zeze is a creator whose body of work includes dance, physical theatre, poetry, visual art, and most recently film. Since choreographing their first concert "WISDOM TEETH" in 2018, they've performed their work in Milwaukee's Fringe Festival, Danceworks MKE, 53212 Presents, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, and Cooperative Performance MKE. As a queer, fat, and interdisciplinary artist, Zeze is familiar with derailment. During the pandemic, becoming a citizen of Zoom has ushered in a new era of creative practice and social justice.
April Biggs (she/her)
April is a Southern queer, multiply-disabled dance artist, disability access and artistry consultant, and writer who works on the stolen lands of both the Kiikaapoi (Milwaukee, WI) and the Lenape (NYC) peoples. Her praxis and advocacy work follows a Disability Justice framework, which centers the most marginalized and celebrates the nuanced, full and exquisite experiences of disabled people and culture. April was the inaugural recipient of the 2022 Spring Peeper Creative Residency (VA), and was a 2020 Dance/NYC Disability.Dance.Artistry.Dance and Social Justice Fellow. She has been making, collaborating, improvising and teaching dance for 3 decades, and
has shared her work at Movement Research, DTW (now NYLA), Dixon Place, the Merce Cunningham Studios, and the ALT Theatre, among others. She has performed the work of many amazing choreographers, most notably, Bebe Miller, Doug Varone, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Third Rail Projects, and Valerie Norman.
April holds an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University, an MFA in
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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Two people are posed in the middle of a room with black walls and a light wood floor. In front, a person in an orange flannel shirt with black pants lays on the floor, head propped up gazing towards you. Behind them, a dancer in blue in a romantic arch, gaze up towards the sky as seen through a window.]
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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of April, who is a white woman wearing a shin-length spaghetti-strap olive green romper with a cream tulle choker. She is dancing on an abandoned rusty truss bridge that has been painted with colorful graffiti called the Suwanee Springs Bridge or The Bridge to Nowhere. She is falling forward on her right leg, while her left leg crosses and extends behind and to her right. She looks toward her right arm which also sweeps out to the right while her long reddish brown hair swings out to her left.]
Poetry from The New School, and a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Through a lens of “access-imagining”, she teaches contemporary technique, improvisation, composition, contact improvisation, dance history and pedagogy in both community and academic settings, most recently at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, University at Buffalo, and Ohio State University. She is the development and disability consultant to Rutgers University’s nascent Integrated Dance Minor, a member of Creating New Futures’ (CNF) Disability+ Working Group, and an Envisioning Coordinator for Dance Artists’ National Collective (DANC). April has presented at various national conferences and serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of The Field Center for Performance, Dance & Interdisciplinary Arts (VT), and on the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Dance & Disability Task Force.
April supports the Cystic Fibrosis and bilateral lung transplant communities at any possible opportunity, lives with her wife, their cat and two dogs, and loves The Office.
Selena Milewski (she/her)
Selena Milewski is a Milwaukee native and multidisciplinary artist who recently moved back to Milwaukee from Boulder, CO. While living in the Centennial State these past four years, she earned an MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. She’s invested in devised theatre, writing for and from the body, and developing innovative and collaborative modes of art-making for our times. Her artistic passions include environmental advocacy, trauma witnessing and recovery, and layering systems of thought in order to play in the discourse. Please visit SelenaMilewski.com for clips, quotes, and updates!
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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Selena is photographed in profile on a bridge. The sun illuminates her skin and hair against the striking green grass of the background. She is wearing a black tank top and a long pendant necklace.]