About Danceworks Youth Performance Company


Danceworks Youth Performance Company (DYPC) is a company of Milwaukee-area dancers, ages 7-18, including Danceworks Minis and a Junior and Senior Company.




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 art form 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!

2019-20 Company Members


Danceworks Minis (Ages 9 – 12 yrs) :
Clare Anderson, Annaliese Borowski+, Izabella Bredeson+, Olivia Fons (Apprentice), Isabel Franco, Melissa Henningsen, Eliza McGuinness+ , Ingrid Nordeen, Marcia Olson, Kaila Stempniewski, Elsa Zielinski+


Junior Co. (Ages 12 – 17 yrs) :
Grace Batterman, Maia Bozovich (Apprentice), Maya Lindvall+, Gianni Melendez (Apprentice), Jovanna Melendez-Velez+, Cassidy Quandt+, Chloe Quirk, Anna Sherry (Apprentice), Lucia Stempniewski (Apprentice), Sophia Thomure+, Clare Watson, Lorelei Wesselowski


Senior Co. (when appropriate but approx. 14 – 18 yrs) :
Isabella Delwiche+, Maya Hirsig-Smith+, Syrena Hjelmgren+ , Ava Lemke, Dasson Macklin, Thalicia Melendez+, Tess Oldenborg+, Naila Reaves-Sanchez+, Julia Schuessler+


+ = Indicates returning member and “senior” dancer within company

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 – Youth Programs, at 414.277.8480 x6003 or via email.

Photos: Christal Wagner