Youth Performance Groups

About YPG

​​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 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.

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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.



  • Midwest Dancers

  • Midwest Dance Company

  • Midwest Dance Junior Ensemble

  • Midwest Dance Senior Ensemble



  • Winter In-Studio Showcase

  • Dance for Hunger

  • Youth Summit for the Arts

    • Dancers attend the event in Illinois, taking classes with members of Inaside Dance Chicago and perform.

  • Concert for a Cause

  • Cathedral Dance Festival

    • Dancers attend the Festival in Minnesota, taking 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

  • Art Fair on the Square