2018 Recital Performance Schedule

Click here for our 2018 Recital Performance Schedule for our recreational classes.

Click here for our 2018 TI / Competitive Dance Program Recital Performance Schedule.

We will be presenting 6 shows this year! EVERY show will be different; no two shows will be exactly the same. Every show will include a select number of our competitive dance numbers. On Friday, June 15th all of our Competitive Dance Program numbers will be performed, excluding solos. Soloists will each perform once and not necessarily in the Friday, June 15th show.

All performances begin at 7:00pm at the Henry Ross Auditorium at Greendale High School Auditorium, 6801 Southway in Greendale.

The dates for our 6 performances are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 9th, 2018
  • Sunday, June 10th, 2018
  • Monday, June 11th, 2018
  • Tuesday, June 12th, 2018
  • Thursday, June 14th, 2018
  • Friday, June 15th, 2018

IMPORTANT – I made every effort to consider all of your recital conflicts. Some of you may find that I could not accommodate your requests. If you find you have a conflict, please notify your teacher immediately so your teacher can work on getting a replacement for the show you will miss. Remember you will need to loan your costume to the dancer who will be taking your place in the show you will not be able to attend. Your teacher will be responsible for getting the costume back to you. Do not wait until the last minute to inform your teacher that you have a conflict with any of the recital dates now that you have the recital schedule! Please note: Most classes perform in three of our shows. Classes with eight or fewer dancers will perform in 2 shows.

RECITAL TICKET SALES – Our recital ticket sales are handled using a lottery system. The lottery system will be explained in a separate email next month. Tickets go on sale SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH. You are limited to 10 tickets per family during the first week of ticket sales to ensure every family receives an even share of tickets. The remaining tickets are then sold on a first come, first serve basis beginning Monday, May 7th during regular business hours. Tickets are $15.00 each for all shows. Everyone seated in the audience requires a ticket (as outlined in our brochure). Ages 3 & younger do not need a ticket, but must be seated on the lap of an adult. ALL SEATING IS RESERVED.

Parents of pre-school dancers only (dancers age 3 – 6 years) that have volunteered to help backstage may watch from the wings backstage when their dancer performs. No one will be able to congregate in the entrance to the auditorium to watch a dance number regardless of whether or not they have paid for a ticket. Parents congregating inside the auditorium near the entrance to watch their dancer perform are greatly disturbing to the families who have purchased tickets and are seated near the entrance. No one will be able to congregate in the entrance to the auditorium. Please keep this in mind when purchasing your tickets!
Please make note that absolutely NO dancers are allowed in the auditorium during any of the performances unless they are not performing in that particular recital and have purchased a ticket for that particular show.

DANCERS MUST PERFORM IN ALL SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES (see above note titled IMPORTANT.) – Parents need only purchase tickets for the shows they plan to watch in a reserved auditorium seat. Parents should drop their dancer(s) off backstage for all shows in which their dancers are required to perform AND sign up to be a backstage volunteer!
All dancers are supervised backstage during all performances. We realize it is difficult for some to volunteer to help backstage for a particular show before you purchase your tickets. Please volunteer to help backstage as soon as possible after you purchase your tickets so we can get our shows organized to run as smoothly as possible. We count on the help of all of the wonderful parent volunteers to make each show a professional production for all to enjoy!

SHOW LINE–UP OF DANCE NUMBERS – Later this month you will receive the “line-up” (list of the exact order of dance numbers) for each show. You will then know ahead of time how many quick costume changes your dancer(s) may have (if they have costume changes at all). It may even help you decide which show to attend if you have a choice and which show you may want to be backstage to help your dancer(s). Many more details are to come regarding this process. Watch for the information to come soon.

DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – Each dance class will be assigned a specific rehearsal day and time, Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd, Monday, June 4th, Tuesday, June 5th, Wednesday, June 6th or Thursday, June 7th. Each group will come to Greendale High School in full costume, hairstyle and make-up to rehearse their dance on stage for approx. 20 – 25 minutes. The weekday rehearsals will start at approximately 4:00 p.m. Please note that if your dancer has more than one dance number they most likely will have to rehearse on more than one specific day at the high school. This means that you will need to do hair and make-up on more than one day. In preparing the rehearsal schedule, I try to keep as many dancers and their classes grouped together on the same day. However, you can imagine it is difficult and will not be ideal for everyone. WE DO NOT DO A FULL RUN-THROUGH OF ANY SHOW FROM START TO FINISH.

DRESS REHEARSAL AND RECITAL VIDEOTAPING – Only dress rehearsals may be video taped. As it states in our brochure, there is NO personal videotaping of any of our recitals. Our recital is professionally videotaped by Superior Video Productions. The reason for this rule is to protect teachers’ choreography and to allow our audiences to be free of obstructed views from other cameras and movements during our performances. NO VIDEO RECORDING OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING CELL PHONES, ETC.) IS ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM DURING ANY PERFORMANCE. Please make a note of this and remind all of your guests that are planning to attend any of our shows. You will be asked to take your camera to your car and/or put your phones away. Please adhere to these policies as a courtesy to the dancers, teachers and the other members of our audience.

NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED DURING ANY OF OUR PERFORMANCES – You may take unlimited photos at DRESS REHEARSALS ONLY. Photography during a performance is not only distracting to those around you, but may be both distracting and dangerous for the dancers performing.

COURTEOUS BEHAVIOR – Please remind your guests attending our performances that we expect our shows to be enjoyable for all. It is not enjoyable, however, for those attending to be forced to tolerate screaming and shouting out of dancer’s names, etc. during and in between dance numbers. It is rude and a definite distraction! Please inform all of your guests that this will not be tolerated and your guests will be asked to leave the auditorium if they cannot conduct themselves in a mature manner. This is primarily a “teen” problem, however there are even some adults who do not seem to understand that it is NOT a sporting event. Please applaud and cheer for your dancers after they have performed to show them how proud you are of them! It’s unfortunate that some do not have enough confidence that their dancers really can perform their best without hearing their name being yelled out from the audience. My advice is to refrain from inviting those who simply cannot control their behavior. It is embarrassing to your dancer to hear their name shouted out before and/or after they perform (trust me, they are cringing backstage and/or onstage if they are hearing their name yelled before the music begins!) We at Young Dance try to make this the most professional theatrical experience for all to enjoy!

In addition, please do NOT get up in the middle of the performance to exit the auditorium and/or to go backstage to change your dancer’s costume(s). Our backstage staff is there for costume changes during each Act! We have an extremely efficient group of parents and dancers who are happy to make it easy for you to sit back and enjoy the show. If you must get up during the show, please be courteous and wait until a dance number is completely finished before discreetly exiting! Guests will be allowed to return to their seats in between dance numbers ONLY!

IMPORTANT INFO CONCERNING BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS – We are so thankful and extremely appreciative of all of our parent volunteers who generously donate their time during our June recital week and for our December Holiday Showcase day each dance season. We need to have the backstage dressing rooms adequately staffed to take great care of all of the dancers, especially those youngest dancers who need help with trips to the bathroom, costume changing and general attention.

Please remember to volunteer to help backstage for at least one of our June recitals this spring. We need you! Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Thank you again to all of the volunteers who helped during our December 2017 Holiday Showcase. We really do appreciate you!


  • The LINE UP of all 6 Recital Performances.


  • The DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE for each individual class.

Please don’t hesitate to ask our front desk staff any questions regarding the recital performance schedule.

For a printable explanation of our Recital Performance Schedule, click here.

2018 Picture Day and Dress Rehearsal Schedules Announced

Recital Pictures

DATES: Sunday, May 20th, Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 23rd

PLACE: Young Dance Academy · 181 W. Marquette Avenue · Oak Creek · (414) 768-9876

TIME: The exact schedule is listed by class day, time and teacher. Picture times are listed in bold print in 15-minute increments.

Important information regarding Recital Pictures can be found by clicking HERE.

Click HERE for the Recital Picture Day Schedule.

Dress Rehearsals

Dress Rehearsals for our June Recital are on Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd, Monday, June 4th, Tuesday, June 5th, Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th. There are NO rehearsals on Friday, June 8th. Recital performances begin Saturday, June 9th at Greendale High School. All performances begin at 7:00pm.

Click HERE for the Dress Rehearsal Schedule.


1.      Dress rehearsals are held at Greendale High School in the Henry Ross Auditorium located at 6801 Southway in Greendale. Please enter Greendale High School through the back doors located in the rear parking lot behind the school.

2.      Dancers must arrive at least 30 MINUTES BEFORE their scheduled dress rehearsal time to warm-up and review choreography with the class assistants. Dancers should plan to stay 30 MINUTES AFTER their 25-minute on stage dress rehearsal to possibly rehearse more with their teacher or assistant teacher(s). This is required, not just a suggestion! In most cases, dancers are dismissed immediately following their time on stage. Each teacher will dismiss their dancers after their stage rehearsal if they do not need them to stay later for extra rehearsing.

3.      All dress rehearsals are in FULL COSTUME (all necessary alterations should be complete by the dates of dress rehearsals) WITH REQUIRED TIGHTS & SHOES WITH HAIRSTYLE & FULL STAGE MAKE-UP. This is the only opportunity for you to personally record your dancer’s class routine in costume. Please remember to come fully prepared for this dress rehearsal. It affects all the dancers in your group if you come in regular dance clothes or with pieces of your costume missing or your hair styled differently than what is required. REMEMBER THAT THIS IS A FULL DRESS REHEARSAL!

4.      Anyone may bring video cameras to tape the dress rehearsals on Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd, Monday, June 4th, Tuesday, June 5th, Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th. This is also your opportunity to take photos of your dancers in costume.                                   

5.      A dressing room at Greendale High School will be open for dancers who perform in more than one dance number and need to change costumes, hairstyles, etc. during dress rehearsals. Parents are expected to do all of their own dancer’s costume and hairstyle changes on their corresponding rehearsal days. More specific details about recital costume changes during the performances will be in both the May newsletter and Backstage Information note that you will receive in May.

6.      Dancers and IMMEDIATE family only may stay and watch the dress rehearsals on the following dress rehearsal days: Friday, June 1st, Saturday, June 2nd, Monday, June 4th, Tuesday, June 5th, Wednesday, June 6th and Thursday, June 7th. Anyone that is disturbing the rehearsals will be asked to leave. It is very important that those observing remain quiet. It is very difficult for the dancers to hear instructions while they are on the stage. The noise is extremely distracting, especially for the younger dancers. Your courtesy towards the dancers, teachers and those observing and/or videotaping their dancer is much appreciated. Anyone watching dress rehearsals must be seated in an auditorium seat! No one may sit on the floor in front of the first row of seats! In addition, please note that the front row of the center section of the auditorium is reserved for teachers and staff during dress rehearsals. There is no running or fooling around and there is absolutely NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM… PLEASE RESPECT THIS RULE! Refreshments are allowed in the hallways and specific dressing rooms only!  Please adhere to the signs that tell where food and/or drink will be allowed!

7.   PLEASE BE ON TIME TO PICK UP YOUR DANCERS! Know the completion time of your dancer’s rehearsal! If your dancer is      scheduled to rehearse in the last time slot on a specific day, please be there 25 minutes after their start time to pick up your   dancer. PLEASE BE ON TIME!!!

Summer Classes 2018

Come take class with the area's best in dance education!  

Whether you're new to dance or looking to maintain technique and training, our 8-week summer class session is a great way to sample different genres and levels!

No need to register for the eight week program. Simply purchase a class punch card and pick and choose the classes you wish to take all summer long! Come dance with us!

Our 2-day themed mini  dance camps are the perfect way to introduce your little one to the art of dance or give them something fun to do over summer vacation!    Various weekend dance camps will also be announced as the summer continues. 

Click here for a Summer 2018 Mini Dance Camp Registration Form.

2018 Recital Ticket Purchasing Information


Recital tickets will go on sale in APRIL this year at a limit of 10 per family during our first week of ticket sales.  OUR TICKET LOTTERY SALE DAY IS SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH.  Click HERE for Recital Ticket Purchasing Information. Everyone seated in our audience requires a ticket.  Children 3 & under do not need a ticket if seated on the lap of a parent.  All seating is reserved and tickets are $15.00 each for all 6 performances.  If you fail to participate in the ticket lottery you will have through Saturday, May 5th to purchase your 10-ticket limit or fewer. On Monday, May 7th any remaining recital tickets will go on sale first come – first serve at 4:30pm at the studio. 

2018 Recital Pictures

RECITAL PICTURE DATES – Class and individual pictures of your dancer in full costume are taken here at Young Dance in May. This year pictures will be taken on SUNDAY, MAY 20TH, TUESDAY, MAY 22ND AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD. Schedules and picture package information will be available in April.


Technique Intensive (TI) Program Auditions


Auditions for the 2018- 2019 Technique Intensive Program for dancers age 7-18 years will be held on the below listed dates (*Age listed below is the dancer’s age as of JANUARY 1st, 2019 (not necessarily their current age):

  • Dancers Ages 7-9* – Tuesday, May 29th from 4:30 – 6:00pm
  • Dancers Ages 10-12* – Thursday, May 31st from 6:30 – 8:00pm

NEW THIS YEAR: Dancers Ages 13 & Older interested in auditioning for the 2018-2019 TI Program must submit an application and video if they were not involved in the 2017-2018 YDA TI Program. Please inquire at YDA for details.

Information packets and a specific audition time schedule will be available Monday, March 12th. I am currently revising this season’s TI Program information packet for the 2018-2019 season. Once the information packets are available, please read it over carefully so you are well informed of the requirements prior to the audition.

All Boys Dance

Each year in our June recitals, we present a dance number featuring the boys of Young Dance.  For all of the boys, it is the highlight of the season and I think for some, the reason they love the shows in June!

It is the time where the boys feel a huge sense of camaraderie and kinship in this predominately female sport.  We want to include every boy enrolled at Young Dance and hope that you are able to fit the rehearsals at the studio and performances at Greendale High School into your busy schedules.  We want the boys to feel included in something special that is just for them!

The theme for this season’s boys’ number is “Pirates”.   There will be lots of action and excitement, ie: sword fighting, which promises to be amazing fun for all!

The classes/rehearsals for the 2018 Boys Dance will be held primarily on Saturdays from 2:30-3:30pm beginning Saturday, March 24th, with a few Sunday rehearsals from 12:00 – 1:00pm thrown in to accommodate for boys’ Saturday sport schedules during spring. There is no charge for these extra classes/rehearsals.

Rehearsals will be held on the following dates/times listed below:

  • Saturday, March 24th from 2:30 – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, March 25th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Saturday, April 14th from 2:30 – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, April 15th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Saturday, April 21st from 2:30 – 3:30pm
  • Saturday, April 28th from 2:30 – 3:30pm
  • Sunday, April 29th from 12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Saturday, May 19th from 2:30 – 3:30pm

Mark your calendars today!

Please note:  We realize that all of the boys won’t be able to attend every rehearsal.  We ask that you try your best to get them to as many as possible so they are confident about their parts in the number.

MOST IMPORTANT – The boys dance “Pirates” will be performed in all 6 of our June recitals! All boys must be at Greendale High School for all of the shows.  This does not mean they need to be there for the entire evening.  Most often the number is scheduled near the beginning or near the end of each show so if your son only has the boys dance that evening, he can leave after he performs or arrive later than the arrival time scheduled for the other dancers.

COSTUMING FOR BOYS DANCE – Parents will be costuming their “Pirates” this year. Feel free to be as creative as possible! If you are ordering a costume, please don’t throw away the packaging as we don’t want a dozen Jack Sparrows or Captain Hooks!

Please bring your costume choices/ideas to the first rehearsal on Saturday, March 24th at 2:30pm.

We hope to see all of the boys on Saturday, March 24th for their first rehearsal at 2:30 p.m.!

IMPORTANT: If your son will not be able to participate in the boys dance, please let me know ASAP!

Parent Observation Week

PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK REMINDER – Parent Observation Week is NEXT MONTH, Monday, April 16th – Saturday, April 21st. These dates are listed in the studio brochure. Make a note on your calendar if you haven’t already.

Spring Break 2018

The studio will be closed for Easter vacation from Friday, March 30th – Saturday, April 7th.  Classes resume MONDAY, April 9th.  

Snow Closings


As a general rule, the studio is closed when Oak Creek Public schools close due to inclement weather.  If you are unsure if we will be closed, please call the studio, check our website and check on FOX 6 (Channel 6) or at www.myfoxmilwaukee.com. You may request a make up class if you so desire. As it states in our fall brochure, no refunds are given for classes canceled due to weather conditions. 


Joffrey Ballet Auditions

Once again we are excited to host the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School's Summer Intensive auditions on Sunday, January 28th!

Auditions are for experienced dancers with age 8 to 25 in Ballet and Jazz/Contemporary.

Dancer featured on Food Network

We are excited to share that Abby is one of a dozen bakers featured on @FoodNetwork’s #KidsBakingChampionship which premiered January 1st! She made it past round two, winning the dessert pizza challenge last week, so continue to watch and cheer on Monday evenings at 8pmCT on Food Network!

 Abby (pictured on far left) is excited to be one of 12 to show the world her baking skills!

Abby (pictured on far left) is excited to be one of 12 to show the world her baking skills!

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YDA Performs at the Bucks Game


Come cheer on the Milwaukee Bucks and Young Dance Academy's TI Program dancers in a halftime performance on Wednesday, January 3rd!

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center at 7PM.

All persons 2 and older require their own ticket. No exchanges or refunds. Orders are subject to availability. The Bucks reserve the right to restrict or cancel orders. Group tickets may not be resold, unless otherwise authorized in writing by the Bucks. Savings based on single game ticket values.

Thanksgiving Vacation 2017


The studio will be closed for the week of Thanksgiving from Monday, November 20th - Saturday, November 25th.

I wanted to get this information to you as early as possible for those planning vacations.

Classes will resume Monday, November 27th.


Annual YDA Holiday Showcase 2017 Announcement

Be a part of our holiday celebration in…

Sign up for our December 2017 Holiday Showcase to be held at the Henry Ross Auditorium at Greendale High School on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

All dancers are included in both performances. Performance times are at 2:00 & 6:00pm.

DANCER’S PERFORMANCE FEE – Dancers will be charged a flat fee of $25.00 to participate in our 2017 Holiday Showcase. Each dancer will receive a 2017 Holiday Showcase T-shirt! No additional fees will be charged for dancers in more than one dance number. Performance fee must be paid in full upon sign-up. Sign up must be in person only at the front desk. No email registrations for the Holiday Show will be accepted. Sign up deadline - Saturday, November 18th

PERFORMANCE TICKETS – Tickets to the performances are $12.00 each. Seating is reserved. Tickets are sold first to the families of those participating in the showcase. Tickets will be sold on MONDAY, DECEMBER 4th to Holiday Showcase performers in the order in which their performance fee was paid. Ticket sale times for MONDAY, DECEMBER 4th are between the hours of 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the studio. More information to follow…

CHOREOGRAPHY – Dancers in all classes will be starting holiday dance combinations beginning in November. Holiday dance combinations have been a part of our class repertoire for years. All dancers take part in learning the choreography whether or not they choose to be involved in the Holiday Showcase. Please note: Dancers who choose not to participate in the Holiday Showcase are not exempt from November and December classes! We spend a very limited amount of time on holiday choreography.

STAGING REHEARSALS – In early December, after dancers have learned their holiday dance combinations in November, we put dancers together from all different classes during our group staging rehearsals at the studio. Group staging rehearsals are scheduled outside of the dancers’ regular class times and are held at various times on the dates listed below:

  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2nd – Afternoon through early evening
  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3rd – After 11:00 a.m.
  • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th – Afternoon through early evening
  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th – After 11:00 a.m.

The rehearsal schedule for Saturday & Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd will be available before Saturday, November 18th. The rehearsal schedule for Saturday & Sunday, December 9th & 10th will be available on Monday, December 4th.

COSTUMING – Costuming for the Holiday Showcase is simple! We do not charge a specific costume fee, as each dance number will have a different style of costume. Costume cost is minimal and for some groups, no cost at all! Next week you will receive a costuming list attached to your next Holiday Showcase note.

ALL Young Dance Academy dancers will be receiving Holiday Showcase updates via email leading up to our Holiday Showcase performances on Saturday, December 16th. Holiday Showcase information will be available in hard copy upon request only. Information will be emailed and available on both our website and on the Young Dance Academy app!

We are so excited to begin the holiday season with you! Sign up to perform in our 10th annual Holiday Showcase TODAY!


YDA Family Food Drive for Feeding America

Young Dance will be collecting canned and boxed food items for Feeding America which provides food for those in need. We are kicking off this campaign TODAY and our goal is to collect 500 canned or boxed food items by Saturday, October 21st.

If we reach our goal, YOU are invited to come visit us at the studio on October 21st from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. for an ice cream social! Everyone is invited to celebrate with us regardless of whether or not you were able to make a donation.

So let's get started... drop off your items in the collection bin located in the studio lobby and help us reach our goal!

Halloween Dance Party


Our annual Halloween Dance Party will be held on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $20.00 per dancer OR bring a friend not currently enrolled at YDA and you and your friend pay a discounted price of only $15.00 per person!

Students age 4 & older only please (no parent supervision required.)

Come dressed in costume… prize giveaways for the best and most creative costumes! Snacks and juice provided along with crafts, games, dancing and MUCH MORE!

Sign up TODAY at the front desk!  Come dance the night away with your friends… we know you’ll have a SPOOK-tacular time!

ALL profits from this event will benefit the dancers attending Dance Excellence 2018 in Los Angeles!