Youth Performance Ensemble

Youth Performance Ensemble (YPE) is our pre-professional ballet-intensive program. Students take classical ballet technique to the next level by studying classical and contemporary styles of choreography. This ensemble is for our ballet dancers who want to dive a little deeper, study classical ballet, and perform both classical and contemporary ballet pieces. They prepare a work to perform in February.

The YPE program focuses on educating young people to strive for their personal best in anything they want to accomplish. We achieve our goals for the program by offering young people the chance to:

  • gain a sense of balance in life by managing their commitments to both dance and academics;
  • participate in a physical activity that enhances understanding of the value of a healthy body;
  • develop a sense of confidence when speaking or making a presentation in a public setting, which is also a great benefit in college or job interviews;
  •  work with mentors who are focused on the students’ success inside and outside of the classroom;
  • enjoy friendships that could last a lifetime and a sense of belonging to an extended family of fellow dancers, teachers, and parents;
  • discover the results of hard work and determination; and develop a lifelong appreciation for the performing arts.

2018 Performance

YPE will present selections for "Carnival of the Animals" by Camile Saint-Saëns on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30pm at the Ives Auditorium, Masonic Heritage Center. Tickets are $5/person reserved seating and are available on the Masonic website:


Auditions for YPE are held in the summer following a required summer intensive camp.  Placement auditions are open to all levels in grades 3-12. The audition is free!

Parent Information Meeting

A general information meeting for parents will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00-8:00pm at the studio.  This is an opportunity to get more information about the program, including the time commitment and approximate cost.  

2018 YPE Intensive Camp:

M, T, W, August 13-15, 6:00-9:00pm (gr 3-12) 
Cost: $90

Camp is all three days and includes placement auditions on Wednesday. ​

Online registration for Summer Intensives is now open online!


10820 Nesbitt Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55437