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Young Dance Academy, Inc. is where strong, driven individuals will develop a lifelong passion for dance. We’re proud to see where our students have come from, and their continued interest in learning and growing with the industry. Over the years, we have seen so many of our dancers pursue their dreams in a number of ways.

From starring in hit television shows like Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, working with prominent names in the entertainment industry, and cross-continental touring with countless productions of distinguished professional dance companies, you’ll learn the skills and confidence necessary to take on the world.

Our Studio

Our cutting-edge facility is located in the heart of Oak Creek, WI, just blocks from I-94 and General Mitchell International airport. We are centrally located to accommodate families within the greater Milwaukee area, surrounding suburbs, and Northern Illinois.

Young Dance Academy, Inc. has four spacious and fully-equipped studio rooms complete with raised wood flooring, essential for safe, and swift movements. There is plenty of parking, and a comfortable, spacious lobby to wait for your dancer to finish. Our friendly front desk staff is always there to greet you and help you with anything you may need.

Our Alumni

Nick Young

Nick moved out to Los Angeles after appearing in the Top 20 on Season 8 of “So You Think You Can Dance” as a tap dancer. He has also choreographed for “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” latest season.

Nick’s film/TV credits include Ted 2, Glee, The Goldbergs, and Shake It Up.

He recently formed a tap group, Rhythmatic Tap Company, featured on NBC’s World of Dance with Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, and NeYo.

Nick was a 2016 Capezio Ace Awards finalist with his tap piece, “Come Together”. View it here! In 2017, he was awarded 2nd Runner-Up at the Ace Awards with a new piece “The Light”!

Nick is currently on staff with 24 Seven Dance Convention and continues to teach and choreograph around the country.


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.
Shannon McAvoy
After graduating high school in 2011, Shannon was accepted into The Young Americans College of Performing Arts based in Southern California. It led 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 Americans dinner theater at Boyne Highlands Ski Resort in Michigan and earned both an Associate’s Degree and Performance Certificate.

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 magna 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.
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.

Lauren began dancing with Project606 Dance after just a few months in the city and recently choreographed for Projections 2016. She was also a company member at Aerial Dance Chicago which allowed her to perform at venues such as Ruth Page and the Athenaeum Theater. During her time at ADC, Lauren participated in a collaboration with Elements Contemporary Ballet entitled AYA. She also has performed for Kasey Foster’s Dance Tributes, at Redmoon Theater, and at the Elgin Fringe Festival.

Lauren teaches all ages throughout the Chicagoland area and often draws on her time spent at YDA assisting combo classes! She is excited to continue learning and growing within Chicago’s dance community.
Kristi Kleine

After graduating from Young Dance Academy, Inc., Kristi went on to study at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, Cum Laude.

In 2010, she joined the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, under the direction of Iain Webb. She moved her way up from coryphee in 2013, soloist in 2014, and was recently promoted to First Soloist in 2016. Her featured roles include:

Ashton’s Enigma Variations (Isobel Fitton)
A Wedding Bouquet (Webster)
Jazz Calendar (Tuesday’s Child)
Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes (Second Campaign)
Apollo (Polyhymnia)
Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream; de Mille’s Rodeo (Cowgirl)
de Valois’ The Rake’s Progress (Mother)
Graziano’s In a State of Weightlessness
MacMillan’s Concerto
Taylor’s Company B
Tuckett’s The Secret Garden (Mrs. Lennox)
Tudor’s Gala Performance (Russian Ballerina)
Wheeldon’s The American
Sir Frederick Ashton’s Birthday Offering
George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and Rubies
Christopher Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream
Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Paul Taylor’s Company B
Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room
Nine Sinatra Songs
Antony Tudor’s Lilac Garden and Gala Performance

Kristi has also performed with the Sarasota Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as part of Ballet Across America and at City Center in New York City as part of the Fall for Dance Festival.

Laura Ksobiech
Laura Ksobiech graduated from the University of Arts in Philadelphia in 2015 on a full 4-year scholarship courtesy of the NYCDA College Scholarship Foundation!

After making the move to LA last year, Laura trained and performed for 3 months with Dana Foglia Dance Project. She worked and performed in LA with artist Z-Lala.
Rachel Sayotovich
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Mark Osmunden
Mark grew up in Raymond, WI and attended 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!
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, Inc. 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.

André Kasten

Since the completion of his training at Young Dance Academy, Inc., André relocated to Los Angeles where he worked with artists such as Busta Rhymes, Jessica Simpson, and Jennifer Lopez. André’s career has taken him to Las Vegas where he performed in the epic show, “A New Day…” starring Celine Dion and with Bette Midler and the Cirque du Soleil show “Viva Elvis”!

André performed on the hit reality TV show “Dancing With The Stars”. Choreography credits include Cirque du Soleil, Nevada Ballet Theatre Capezio ACE Choreography Awards (1st Runner-Up) which he then went onto create Gray St.. André’s newest choreographic adventure with Cirque du Soleil’s Allavita! is taking him to Expo Milano 2015 in Italy!

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Monday – Thursday: 4:30PM– 9:30PM
Friday: 4:30PM – 8:30PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Sunday: Closed