Dancers posing on plaza
Dance Academy

As a Dance Academy student, you are part of a rigorous program, led by Dean Silas Farley, 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

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.

Darleen Callaghan
Darleen Callaghan
Associate Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

Darleen Callaghan, a highly respected dance professional with over 30 years of performance and administrative experience, is nationally recognized for her work as Director of the Miami City Ballet School and the North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance.

Seth Belliston
Ballet Instructor

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

Silas Farley
Silas Farley
Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

Dancer, educator, and choreographer Silas Farley, a recent New York City Ballet alumnus, is Dean of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute and an Amplify Artist.

Upcoming Events

See the Music, Hear the Dance

Saturday, October 2, 2021
7 pm
Zipper Hall

See the Music, Hear the Dance: Donor Reception

Saturday, October 2, 2021
8 pm
South Plaza

Tap Fest

Saturday, March 5, 2022
7 pm
Zipper Hall


Saturday, March 26, 2022
2 pm
Zipper Hall