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BMO Harris Bradley Center “all about the kids” at 10th annual Danceworks Mad Hot Competition

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MILWAUKEE -- Fourth, fifth and sixth graders put on their dancing shoes and showed off their skills Saturday morning, May 21st at the Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition.

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

They tap, they spin and they groove with the music.

"It makes me feel kind of happy and nervous. It makes me excited," said Biotrell Brown and Kaori Burks, 4th grade dancers.

It's the 10th annual Danceworks Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition.

"It's more fun and you get to dance around all these people," said Brown and Burks.

Biotrell Brown and Kaori Burks

Biotrell Brown and Kaori Burks

They are 2,200 Milwaukee students from 43 schools taking center stage at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

"We do hundreds of events every year, great events. Our Bucks and Marquette and concerts and family shows, but really there is nothing more special to us on an annual basis than this incredible event. It's all about the kids," said BMO Harris Bradley Center President, Steve Costello.

Steve Costello

Steve Costello

All about the kids and their hard work of two, one-hour classes each week for 15 weeks.

"They really blow us away every year with how much they can really produce in that amount of time," said Danceworks Executive Director, Deborah Farris.

The dance classes are brought to the kids during their regular school classes, integrating art and education.

Wanyah Frazier began in the program as a young kid. He's now a dance instructor rooting on his students at Saturday's competition.

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

"It is a competition so we want to reward the kids that have worked really hard, we want to reward the kids that are excellent at what they've been doing -- but the way this competition is designed, everyone leaves a winner, everyone made it here and that's the real goal," said Fraizer.

Mad Hot2

Mad Hot2

The dancing teaches the students a whole lot more than just how to two-step.

"You see it build self-esteem, self-confidence, the kids look happy, they're having fun, and they're trying something new," said Frazier.

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap Competition

For more information about the Mad Hot Ballroom Tap Competition, CLICK HERE.