About Danceworks Youth Performance Company

Danceworks Youth Performance Company (DYPC) is a company of Milwaukee-area dancers, ages 7-18, including Danceworks Minis and Danceworks Juniors, as well as featured performance groups DYPC Premiere and DYPC Elite.




It is the goal of Danceworks Youth Performance Company to provide young artists of Milwaukee and the surrounding areas with quality dance training, new and exciting performance opportunities, and a connection to the larger arts community that ignites a lifelong interest and participation in the arts.


Within Danceworks Youth Performance Company, we strive to nurture and develop the body and spirit through dance technique, fitness, physical discipline and self-expression. Modeled after the professional company, Danceworks Performance Company, youth company members train in the artform all year long and participate in a season of themed dance events and concerts both at home in the Danceworks Studio Theatre, and out in the community. Participating in DYPC is a great opportunity for young dancers to rehearse and train together, while enjoying unique performance experiences!

Danceworks Youth Performance Company 2017-18

2017-18 Company Members


Danceworks Minis

Nina Bishop, Izabella Bredeson, Lily Doyle, Calyse Hardnett, Gianna Melendez, Jovanna Melendez-Velez, Roselyn Olivas, Addison Quandt, Cassidy Quandt, Meena Wilson


Danceworks Juniors

Aura Cornejo-Alajoki, Sylvia Delwiche, Calyse Hardnett*, Maya Lindvall, Sophia Mathey, Gianna Melendez*, Jovanna Melendez-Velez*, Roselyn Olivas*, Cassidy Quandt*


DYPC Premiere

Isabel Bastardo*, Isabella Delwiche, Vivian Foster, Ava Gessner*, Syrena Hjelmgren, Sophia Mathey*, Thalicia Melendez, Tess Oldenborg, Riya Shah, Amelia Thiel


DYPC Elite

Finley Gresnick, Annika Hanson, Olivia Johnson, Lily Karnes, Josephine Knight, Emily Koranda, Thalicia Melendez*, Martina Pillizzi, Naila Reaves-Sanchez, Julia Schuessler, Chole Starks*



At right: DYPC members with Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters at BMO Harris Bradley Center, July 2017

Danceworks Youth Performance Company at Your Event!


Danceworks Youth Performance Company accepts requests to perform at various events throughout the Milwaukee area. If your organization or group has an event that needs a unique twist, consider inviting DYPC to “wow” the crowd!


Download Performance Request Form




Questions? Contact Gina Laurenzi, Artistic Manager of Danceworks Youth Performance Company at 414.277.8480 x6003 or via email.

Photos: Christal Wagner