Youth Dance Programs

Music naturally inspires people to express themselves through dance, which is why dance classes have been a tradition at the Colburn School since our beginning more than 65 years ago.

I really love Colburn because of the community. It’s like a giant family and everybody is super supportive and we all get to do what we love together. Brooke McDaniel, Dance

At Colburn, our dance students participate in specific progressive learning programs in ballet, tap, and modern dance that are designed to develop their artistry and technical skill. We require all students to audition, and invite them to attend at a level appropriate for their abilities and age. If you’re interested in creative dance or musical theater we have classes in those styles too.

Our faculty make sure students understand core technique and movement theory, as well as the history and tradition of each style they study. Of course, we also encourage creative performance, with most classes offering opportunities to dance on stage in front of peers and the public.


Meet Our Faculty

T.J. Troy
Dance Accompanist
MFA, California Institute of the Arts; BM, University of Michigan School of Music; specialized study in North Indian Hindustani Music, Ali Akbar College of Music; extended study of North Indian tabla under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri; continued study in Arabic percussion under Faisel Zedan, Amir Sofi, and Adel Shams el-Din.
Kristen Smiarowski
Dance Instructor

Currently, Ms. Smiarowski is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance at the Loyola Marymount University Dance Program, and teaches Creative Dance for Boys and Girls and the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts.

Angel Pennington
Dance Instructor

Angel Pennington has studied tap extensively with Sam Weber, Denise Scheerer, and Chance Taylor.

Denise Scheerer
Chair, Tap and Musical Theater

In Seattle, Denise Scheerer founded and performed with That’s Jazz, a Seattle-based jazz dance company.