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 Dancers

  • Midwest Dance Company 

  • Midwest Dance Junior Ensemble

  • Midwest Dance Senior 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.


  • 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.

YPG Auditions

​ Sunday, April 25, 2021​ 


10:00 - 11:00 AM -- Ages 8-10 (Jr 2-3)
11:00 - 12:00 PM -- Ages 10-12 (Jr 4-5, PP1, PP2)
12:00 - 1:00 PM -- Ages 13-15 (PP 3-5)

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Ages 15+ (PP 6-7)

  • Registration begins a half hour prior to your audition time.

  • An audition fee of $15 and a completed audition form is due at time of registration.

  • Reminder that all dancers must be invited by Meghan McDermott to attend YPG Auditions and have the chance to participate in a Youth Performance Group. If you have any questions, please email



604 E Main St, Unit 1B

Waunakee, WI 53597

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MONDAY: 4:00PM - 8:00PM

TUESDAY: 3:30PM - 6:30PM

WEDNESDAY: 4:00PM - 7:30PM

THURSDAY: 4:00PM - 7:30PM


SATURDAY: 8:00AM - 12:00PM


*Until further notice, no parents and visitors are allowed inside the building. The lobby and indoor observations areas are closed and the door will remain locked. Please call or email to schedule an appointment to help with any of your needs.

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