Sandra Young, owner and director of Young Dance Academy, is originally from Buffalo, NY and has been in the Milwaukee area in since 1983. She received most of her dance training in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Toronto. She was a choreographer for Unique Dance Company of Unique Productions in Buffalo and had formed Unique II, a branch of that company while in Milwaukee. She has performed at Shea's Theater and Studio Arena Theater in Buffalo and at Artpark in Niagara Falls in community theater productions as well as dance company showcases. Many of her dances have received Top Honor regional and national awards over the years. Her choreography has appeared many times on Showstopper Finals nationally distributed videos and on the Showstopper television show on CBS. She continues to win regional and national choreography awards and was a finalist in the Jazz World Congress choreography competition in August 2000. She choreographed a tap number that was chosen as a finalist for the Mini Critics Choice Award at NYC Dance Alliance National Finals in July 2006. She most recently won the Mini Critics Choice Award at the NYC Dance Alliance Regional in Lansing, MI in January 2014 as well as the Teen Critic's Choice Award at NYCDA in Chicago in February 2013. In addition, she received choreography awards for 3 of her tap numbers during the 2014 competitive dance season. Her choreography has been featured at Summerfest in 2000, 2001, and 2002 in shows featuring Bob McGrath from Sesame Street, Kinder-concerts with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra & Bob McGrath in March 2010 and January 2007 and a back to school advertising campaign for Milwaukee Public Schools in 2008. Most recently she co-choreographed the opening act for Danny Gokey's album release concert in June 2014. She has judged at regional competitions for Starpower and Starlight National competitions.