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Youth Performance Groups


​​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, 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.



  • Dancers must be 8-18 years old.

  • Dancers are required to be enrolled in Ballet, Modern, and 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 attend YPG Auditions to have the chance to participate in a Youth Performance Group.


  • Midwest Jr Company

  • Midwest Sr Company

  • Midwest Jr Ensemble

  • Midwest Sr Ensemble


Performance Opportunities

  • Winter In-Studio Showcase

  • Dance Festival for a Cause​

    • Hosted by Madison Contemporary Dance​

    • Dancers attend the Festival in the Madison area, taking master classes from guest artists and presenting choreography for adjudication.

  • Concert for a Cause

    • Hosted by Midwest Performing Arts

    • Dancers raise funds for a cause by presenting a beautiful dance concert for the community.

  • Giordano Experience

    • ​This event includes 2 master classes from Giordano instructors and tickets to the Giordano Dance Chicago Spring Performance.​​

  • Cathedral Dance Festival

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

  • Spring Concert of Dance

  • WaunaFest Parade

  • Art Fair on the Square

Auditions & Tuition

Dancers must attend YPG auditions in order to be accepted. Auditions for the 2024/2025 season have passed. If you interested in auditioning before the season begins in September, please email the School Director.


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

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