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Welcome to the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI) at the Colburn School. Led by Dean Silas Farley and Associate Dean Darleen Callaghan, TZDI includes both our Youth Dance and Dance Academy programs. Our mission is to honor and extend the great traditions of ballet, modern, and tap dance. This is accomplished by forming young people as collaborative agents who will take the art of dance forward.


Youth Dance

In Colburn’s Youth Dance program, our students participate in specific and rigorous progressive learning programs in ballet, tap, and modern dance that are designed to develop their artistry and technical skill. Creative dance and musical theater classes are also offered.

Priority registration for continuing students begins July 19.

Open enrollment for new students begins July 31.

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Dance Academy

As a Dance Academy student, you’re 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.

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