Online Learning

After thoughtful and careful consideration, the Colburn School has determined that it will begin the 2020–21 school year online.

Though we have all hoped to see a speedy conclusion to the COVID-19 pandemic, local and global infection and transmission rates have unfortunately changed little since we closed the campus. In order to protect our community, the educational activities of the School will remain online until we determine it is safe to fully reopen. We will continue our careful monitoring of the COVID-19 situation and will keep the community updated as we know more.

We have outlined three goals for students in the Colburn Connected virtual dance program this fall: Engagement, Progression, and Inspiration. Please read below for more information on how these goals will be addressed. Even in the students’ at-home studios, the study of dance is productive and meaningful. There are many ways to keep students connected to their Colburn family in their dance technique and in their personal artistry while staying safely at home.

Important Dates

Late July: Family update meeting
August 24: First day of classes
December 21: Beginning of winter break
January 4: Classes resume
June 5: Last day of classes

Additional Opportunities for Fall Semester

In addition to the enhanced engagement in the virtual dance program curriculum, students may also take advantage of offerings including:

  • Master classes with notable professional artists
  • Opportunities to be part of new choreography
  • Creation of solo dance videos for advanced students
  • Creation of high-quality audition videos for advanced students
  • Increased and expanded cross training classes
  • Access to videos and dance films through the Colburn Library
  • Lectures on personal wellness and professional wellness
  • Incorporating a dance history curriculum to instruct students on impactful artists from all racial backgrounds


Every upper-level student will receive a 30-minute virtual private lesson followed by a 15-minute meeting with their Chair or Dean to assess progress and set achievable goals. There will be a follow up private lesson in the spring, and overall class sizes will be small for all levels to increase the amount of personal attention each student receives.


Each individual student will be made aware of their technical goals for the year and will work with their teachers to accomplish those goals. We will support student progress by increasing their strength and stamina with cross-training opportunities and helping them to create an optimal home studio learning environment.


The faculty and staff of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute will work to inspire students by adding film and choreographic projects for all levels that will provide the students an outlet for their creativity, keep them dancing, and help them develop their artistry in new ways.