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Dance allows a student to strive for excellence and create art at the same time, to move with the discipline of technique and the freedom of joy simultaneously, and to express any emotion without ever saying a word. Come create, strive, and express with us. Come and dance with us at Colburn’s Trudl Zipper Dance Institute.

Colburn is an intimate environment. I feel like they've helped me mature my technique. They focus on artistry, and it’s helped me be able to express myself more in my dancing. It's amazing to be around not just talented dancers and faculty, but musicians too. Jaya Dhand, Colburn Dance Academy

In the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, students of all skill levels, from young beginners to advanced dancers, study ballet, tap, and modern. Our faculty blend technique and artistic exploration in a supportive environment that encourages fun while providing a firm foundation for their students’ future success as performers.

The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is also home to Colburn’s Dance Academy, which provides rigorous ballet training for young people ages 14 through 19 who are committed to a career in dance. The Dance Academy offers individualized instruction with small class sizes. The curriculum focuses on ballet while providing exposure to music and other art forms and includes opportunities for professional development. Dance Academy students have gone on to such prestigious dance companies as the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and other professional companies, trainee programs, and university dance programs.

Overseeing all dance activities at Colburn are Dean Jenifer Ringer and Associate Dean James Fayette, both former New York City Ballet principal dancers.

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