Dance Academy

As a Dance Academy student, you’re part of a rigorous program, led by Dean Jenifer Ringer, that develops a select group of talented young dancers between the ages of 14 and 19 into stunning professional dancers and artistic leaders.

Leah Upchurch
We're all really supportive of each other. We try to build off one another's strengths and weaknesses. And it's really cool to be taught and mentored by dancers I've always admired. Leah Upchurch, Dance Academy student

The rigorous Dance Academy curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers as dancers, focusing on classical ballet while providing instruction in other styles. By exposing students to classes in music and drama, as well as to the great art of Los Angeles, the Dance Academy also gives its students the tools they need find a new richness in their dancing and become artists.

Such notable names as Dance Academy Artistic Advisor Benjamin Millepied and New York City Ballet Principal dancer Teresa Reichlen lead Dance Academy master classes. Graduates of the Dance Academy have entered training programs at companies such as the San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet and gone on to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Meet Our Faculty

Michael Roberts
Music Coordinator

Michael has appeared on numerous TV shows and the movie Six Weeks with Mary Tyler Moore. Michael has also played for Juliet Prowse, who endorsed his original dance record albums.

Kelly Ann Sloan
Chair, Ballet

Kelly Ann Sloan has been Ballet Chair of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts since 2014. She began her ballet training at the New Jersey School of Ballet, and then attended Indiana University School of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet and Outside Field in Journalism.

James Fayette
Associate Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

James Fayette retired from New York City Ballet in 2005 at the rank of Principal dancer.

Jenifer Ringer
Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

One of the most celebrated dancers of her generation, Ms. Ringer has contributed to the field of dance in many ways.

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