The YPBT performing company, under the direction of Heather Liskiewitz, provides opportunities for dancers to work with talented professional artists and perform a varied repertory including classical story ballets. Dancers range in age from eight to eighteen and enter the company through an audition in the fall. Many former company members have gone on to professional careers in dance or have studied dance at the college level.
YPBT presents a full season of performances including a holiday presentation in December, a full length ballet in March, and a mixed repertory program in June. Our dancers also perform throughout the year at various fundraising and outreach events.
Our dancers are from all over the state of Michigan! Our current company has dancers from Genesee County, Gratiot County, Livingston County, Midland County, Oakland County, and Shiawassee County.
Zora is a new dancer to YPBT. She was inspired to dance by her cousin, Cassie. When she’s not dancing, Zora is usually racing her go-kart!
This is Jessie’s 1st year with YPBT. Her favorite dance memory is performing a variation from Paquita at the Grand Rapids Ballet Summer Intensive. When not dancing, Jessie trains puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Caitlin has danced at YPBT for 10 years. She plays tennis once a week and enjoys making and selling her own jewelry.
This is Emily’s 2nd year with YPBT. She has participated in Flint’s Tapology performances and workshops. When Emily isn’t dancing she studies piano, and loves to read.
Shannon in her 2nd year with YPBT. Shannon also performs Highland dance and is studying for the teacher’s exam. Last year she traveled to Europe with the Blue Lake Fine Arts International Ballet Ensemble.
Makenzie has danced for 13 years, 8 with YPBT. Makenzie has danced in summer programs at YPBT, Galmont Ballet, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Kylie has danced for 6 years. Before joining the company, Kylie performed with YPBT in Cinderella and Goodnight Moon.
Ariana has been dancing at YPBT for 5 years. Ariana has attended summer programs at Grand Rapids Ballet and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Ariana is a certified scuba diver and enjoys swimming, skiing, and playing tennis.
Emma has been dancing with YPBT for 2 years. She has always danced and grew up playing with her mother’s dance shoes. Her favorite dance memory is getting her first pair of pointe shoes!
Ilianna has danced at YPBT for 2 years. Ilianna has attended summer programs at YPBT, Northeast Academy of Dance, Grand Rapids Ballet, and the National Ballet School of Canada. She also performs Greek folk dance.
Jessica, 15, Saginaw County
Jessica has attended summer programs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Grand Rapids Ballet. Her favorite dance memory is performing in Hope College’s The Nutcracker as an 8 year old.
This is Madison’s 4th year with YPBT. She performed in Hope College’s The Nutcracker and has attended summer programs at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Grand Rapids Ballet. Madison also loves musical theater.
Brianna has been dancing at YPBT for 10 years. When Brianna was 3 she fell in love with ballet after watching Barbie of Swan Lake. Brianna has attended summer programs at YPBT, Grand Rapids Ballet, and Miami City Ballet.
Eden is in her 2nd year with YPBT and is 8 years old. Eden enjoys dancing and, just for fun, likes to make up scenes and act them out.
Marian has been at YPBT for 4 years. She enjoys ballet and contemporary dance and has participated in summer programs at YPBT, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Letha Fulton’s School of Dance.
Natasha has danced with YPBT for 9 years. She loves to sing and act and has been in several productions, recently playing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. Natasha has attended summer intensives at YPBT and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Madison lives in Flint and has danced with YPBT for 2 years. She has danced in the Flint School of Performing Art’s The Nutcracker. Madison also loves to ride horses.
Claire has danced with YPBT for 2 years. As a toddler she watched the classes her mother taught and fell in love with dance. Claire first appeared with YPBT as a mouse in Cinderella.
Cassie has danced at YPBT for 6 years and is 14 years old. She has attended summer intensives at YPBT, Grand Rapids Ballet, and the Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress. Cassie also performed in The King and I with Flint Community Players.
Ella has danced at YPBT for 5 years. Ella’s favorite dance memory is dancing in the ‘bowl of mush’ in YPBT’s Goodnight Moon.
Grace has danced with YPBT for 5 years. She has attended summer programs at YPBT, Grand Rapids Ballet, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Giordano Jazz Dance World Congress. Grace enjoys cooking for her family.