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.



DYPC Philosophy

It is the goal of DYPC 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 DYPC, 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, DYPC 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. 

DYPC performs at various events throughout the year. Participating in DYPC is a great opportunity for young dancers to rehearse and train together, while enjoying unique performance experiences!


Upcoming Performances

Friday, October 20, 2017
Spooky Sussex
Village of Sussex Sussex, WI


Saturday, October 28, 2017
On Halloween Night…
4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm
Danceworks Studio Theatre

Adult $13.75 // Youth $8.75

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The wind blows a chilly fall breeze, sending leaves tumbling down the street. It’s Halloween night. As the clock strikes 6:00 pm, house lights flutter on, and Trick-or-Treaters begin to flood the streets. A group of teens are “too cool” for the spook-tacular fun happening outside. Instead, the teens challenge one another to make it through an evening of horror movies. After hours of watching ghastly movie monsters causing mayhem, their own minds start playing tricks on them…

BEWARE: This dance show is spooky! Recommended for those who like creepy fun, danced by ghouls and ghosts.

Snag some treats and view a creeptastic performance! Feeling extra festive? Dress up to enter the costume contest and take part in other freakishly fun activities… if you dare!


Saturday, December 16, 2017
Holiday 2017 Concert
4:30pm, 6:00pm & 7:30pm
Danceworks Studio Theatre


Thursday, January 25, 2018
Mad Hot Tap Competition
Information will be updated when available.


April 14-15 & 19-21, 2018
DPC’s Secrets From The Wide Sky
Danceworks Studio Theatre


Saturday, April 28, 2018
*NEW Spring 2018 Concert
5:30pm & 7:30pm


Saturday, May 19, 2018
Mad Hot Ballroom Competition
Information will be updated when available.


Saturday, June 9, 2018
Danceworks 2018 Showcase
Information will be updated when available.


Saturday, August 4, 2018
DanceLAB Teen 2018
5:30 & 7:30pm
Danceworks Studio Theatre

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


Download the Performance Request Form

2016-17 Company

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*




Photos: Christal Wagner