Wausau Dance Theatre

Our Story

Wausau Dance Theatre's mission is to provide excellence in performance, training and educational activities in the art or dance. We strive to provide accessibility to dance, through various artistic collaborations, partnerships and classroom žAccess DanceÓ programs. WDT works in community settings, to bring these experiences to all audiences with an emphasis on traditionally underserved populations.

WDT has had fully programmed seasons since 1998 that include our annual Halloween Spooktacular žThrillerÓ and springtime žStorybook Weekend". In 2004, at the invitation of Moritz Landgraf Von Hessen und bei Rhein, WDT toured Germany culminating in performances at the Darmstadter Residenzfestspiele. In an effort to expand audiences, WDT has partnered with local and National organizations to create artistic events in conjunction with our performances. These programs offer audiences an opportunity to experience the arts through many different and creative avenues. Our partners include; Robbins Rights Trust, NYC, Circus World Museum, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. With the success of these events, WDT is one of a few arts organizations in Wisconsin supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Programs in conjunction with WDT's performance schedule include our scholarship program "DanceChance" and in Classroom "Access Dance"

...Wausau Dance Theatre is without peer in the Midwest."
-Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

Following their first Storybook Weekend, Actor Henry Winkler proclaims, "...This is a great reason to leave your home. It was an honor to share the stage with such incredible artists."

"...I was amazed and absolutely thrilled to see a dynamic production with music, choreography and costumes that was so true to the spirit of Alice. Lewis Carroll would have been bowled over with the intricacies of this production that so mirrored his fantasy, humor and the whimsical nature of his books." -- Valerie Pegg, Director,The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Michigan Technological University.

"The production values represented by WDT's "Alice in Wonderland" could easily rival any professional, nationally touring theater or dance
presentation ever presented at the Schauer Center. In fact, the sets,
costumes, and props were by far superior to most traveling productions that have appeared on our stage. The Schauer has not experienced many companies who are as friendly, adaptable, and as easy to work as Wausau Dance Theatre. They really couldn't be more flexible or venue-friendly."
-- Tom Robbins, Director, Schauer Arts Center

"It was great to see all the children in the audience sit up on their knees and stretch as far forward as they could in order to see everything happening on stage. Their oohs and ahs were continuous through the show as each scene brought exciting new costumes, masks and characters for them to enjoy." -- Brenda Lee Johnston, Director, South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center