Abby Stachnik

In December 2015, Abigail earned her BFA in Dance with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she performed in works choreographed by Douglas Becker, Mark Caserta, Meredith Rainey, Roni Koresh, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Katie Swords, and many of her peers. Abigail traveled to Lille, France and Brussels, Belgium with the university’s “European Touring Ensemble” in 2016. Additionally, she has attended summer intensives with the Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cocodaco Dance Project, and DanceWorks Chicago. In 2016, Abigail moved to Chicago to train in the Scholarship Program at Lou Conte Dance Studio. Her most recent endeavors include performing as a Mezzo Company member with Cocodaco Dance Project, apprenticing with Chicago Repertory Ballet, and teaching at dance studios in the Chicago area.

Adrian Lee

Adrian performed in "Disturbia" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards with artist Rihanna, and with the Bad Boys of Dance, founded by dance superstar Rasta Thomas.

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Nick Young

Nick's first big break came in 2011, when he auditioned for FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance", and made it all the way to the Top 20 as the only tap dancer.

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Shannon McAvoy

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After graduating high school in 2011, Shannon was accepted into The Young Americans College of Performing Arts based in Southern California. It lead her to tour for nine months throughout Europe and Japan to perform as well as teach music outreach workshops. She spent a season working for The Young American's dinner theater at Boyne Highlands Ski Resort in Michigan and earned both an Associate's Degree and Performance Certificate.

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Wanting to further her training, she moved to Chicago to take part in the Lou Conte Dance Studio Scholarship Program. She then was hired and sailed with Princess Cruises for one year and then Crystal Cruises, a six-star luxury cruise line. Through it all, she has performed for audiences in over 20 countries, on many seas! 

Shannon has most recently relocated to NYC to take part in Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester in hopes to sign with an agent for future auditions in the city!

Cindy Reid

Cindy Reid graduated manga cum laude with a BFA in Dance and minor in Business Management from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. She worked as a company member in "Tapperlesque", an all female tap group. She was the assistant choreographer for the show "Hell is For Real" written by Gary Apple which was a part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

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Lauren Reed

After 5 years in the YDA Technique Intensive Program, Lauren Reed set off to further her dance training at Butler University.  Upon graduating Cum Laude with honors and a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Religion in 2013, she relocated to Chicago to participate in the Lou Conte Scholarship Program at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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Kristi Kleine

Kristi Kleine graduated from Butler University and has received her first professional contract with the Sarasota Ballet of Florida under the direction of Iain Webb.

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Mark Osmunden

Mark grew up in Raymond, WI attending recreational dance classes at YDA for several years. After high school he moved to NYC to attend Marymount Manhattan College. Since earning his BFA in Dance (Cum Laude) in 2013, he has performed with multiple companies on four continents.

He currently dances Off-Broadway with Company XIV and has been hailed by The New York Times as "dreamy and magnificent". Mark has performed on Italy's Got Talent, at The Metropolitan Opera, Broadway's Gypsy of the Year, and has danced for CATAPULT and The Chase Brock Experience.

He has modeled for legendary dance photographers like Jordan Matter and Lois Greenfield, and has been featured on the cover of Tribe by Chantar. Mark is also an administrator for the Bessies Dance and Performance Awards and is a trainer at New York's Megaformer studio, SLT. 

Allie Rick

Allie began her performance career with country star Kenny Rogers for 4 years. Also passionate for theatre, she has been in the ensembles of shows including, Oliver!, Kiss Me Kate, Honk!, and Once Upon a Mattress. Most notably, she played the role of Liesl in The Sound of Music. She attended college at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. While studying in Milwaukee, she worked with many of the most prominent choreographers in the concert dance world including Arnie Zane and Bill T Jones company.

Allie recently moved to Los Angeles, CA to further pursue her dance career. Since her move, she has been able to work with Paula Abdul in a breast cancer awareness campaign video, performed with various recording artists all over America, and been in the Beach Body fitness series "Country Heat." Allie looks forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead!

Brooke Wheeler

Brooke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Point Park University in Pittsburgh where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with a concentration in Jazz, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Sport, Arts & Entertainment Management. 

After graduating, she was hired by New York City based entertainment company, RWS & Associates, as a cast member on Holland America Line’s ms Noordam cruise ship.  While aboard the Noordam, Brooke performed in six various shows and traveled to eleven different states and countries including Alaska, Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand.  

Brooke is very grateful for the opportunities her training at Young Dance Academy has allowed her to experience and looks forward to the future life adventures her journey through dance will bring!

Kendra Bates

Currently living in Cleveland, Ohio, Kendra is pursuing acting and modeling. She is signed with Heyman Agency in Cleveland. Kendra has walked the runway for Fashion Week Cleveland with Tre Sorelle Boutique. She has modeled for Free Expression Clothing and Nike. She will be appearing in 2 separate Nike commercials, one with LeBron James and the other with Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Her most recent modeling job includes a Macy's photo shoot!

Kendra has appeared in a few Independent films and music videos including PJ Camargo's "Drunk in Love".

Kendra hopes to move to LA in a year to further pursue her dreams of making it BIG in show business!

Phillip Ollenburg

Originally from Glendale, WI, Phillip began his training with Milwaukee Ballet School later furthering his training at Young Dance Academy.  Mr. Ollenburg then went on to study at the University of Iowa where he graduated with a B.S. in microbiology and a minor in dance.  Over his  career, Phillip has worked with University of Iowa’s Dancers in Company,  Duarte Dance Works, Kayle + Company,  Ballet Quad Cities, Ballet Austin, Minnesota Dance Theatre, River North Contemporary Dance Chicago, NoMi Dance Company, Jaxon Movement Arts and Chicago Repertory Ballet. Phillip is currently in his fifth season with Madison Ballet under the direction of W. Earl Smith.

Andre' Kasten

Since the completion of his training at Young Dance Academy, André relocated to Los Angeles where he worked with artists such as Busta Rhymes, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez.

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