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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 choreographic masterworks with coaching by faculty who themselves are leaders in the field, the Dance Academy gives its students the tools they need to find a new richness in their dancing and become successful artists.

Such notable names as Wendy Whelan, Peter Boal, Helgi Tomasson, Mikko Nissinen and the Dance Academy’s own Artistic Advisor, Benjamin Millepied, have led Dance Academy master classes providing unique access and exposure to leaders in the field. As a result, graduates of the Dance Academy currently perform with New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and numerous other professional companies, trainee programs, and university dance programs.

Meet Our Faculty

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.

Seth Belliston
Ballet Instructor

Seth Belliston was trained at the Belliston Academy of Ballet and the School of American Ballet.

James Fayette
Associate Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

James Fayette has a deep understanding of how the employment of dancers is managed and is keenly sensitive to the needs and career concerns of professional artists.

Zippora Karz
Dance Academy Faculty

Zippora Karz is a former soloist ballerina with the New York City Ballet where she performed for 16 years on stage and in televised performances.