Youth Performance Groups, affectionately known as “YPG,” are groups of dedicated dancers who want to broaden their dance horizons and gain pre-professional and performance experience. These young dancers work together in classes and rehearsals and work with guest choreographers to prepare for multiple performances throughout the year and gain valuable experience that can help to launch them towards a professional career in dance if they so choose.



  • Midwest Dance Company II

  • Midwest Dance Company I

  • Midwest Junior Dance Ensemble

  • Midwest Dance Ensemble


  • Dancers must be 8-18 years old.

  • Dancers are required to be enrolled in 2 Ballet, 1 Modern, and 1 Jazz classes at MPA.

  • Dancers must regularly attend all company classes and rehearsals.

  • Dancers must have good attendance in their other technique classes.

  • Dancers must be invited by Meghan McDermott to attend YPG Auditions and have the chance to participate in a Youth Performance Group.


  • Holiday Art Fair

  • Winter In-Studio Showcase

  • Dance for Hunger

  • Concert for a Cause

  • Cathedral Dance Festival

    • YPG Members attend the Festival in Minnesota, taking classes from guest artists and presenting choreography for adjudication. Ensemble members have the opportunity to choreograph and bring solos/duets/trios.

  • Spring Concert of Dance

  • Art Fair on the Square


Once accepted after auditions, tuition will be applied to your family's DanceWorks account and must be paid before the session begins. For more information and break down of costs, please read the form below.



604 E Main St, Unit 1B

Waunakee, WI 53597

Administration, Billing, Tuition, and
General Questions

Contact the Artistic Director

Contact the Assistant Director


MONDAY: 3:15PM - 8:00PM

TUESDAY: 3:00PM - 8:00PM

WEDNESDAY: 2:45PM - 8:00PM

THURSDAY: 3:00PM - 8:00PM

FRIDAY: 4:00 PM - 6:30PM

SATURDAY: 8:30AM - 12:00PM


The studio opens 30 minutes before

classes every day.

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