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Youth and Adult Dance

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 and rigorous progressive learning programs in ballet, tap, and modern dance that are designed to develop their artistry and technical skill. All students are required to audition for admission. For those invited for admittance, we ask 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 ensure that students understand core technique and movement theory, as well as the history and tradition of each style they study. Creative performance is also highly encouraged with most classes offering opportunities to dance on stage in front of peers and the public.

 

Meet Our Faculty

Kelly Ann Sloan
Chair, Ballet

Kelly Ann Sloan has been Ballet Chair of the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts since 2014. She began her ballet training at the New Jersey School of Ballet, and then attended Indiana University School of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet and Outside Field in Journalism.

Jenifer Ringer
Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

One of the most celebrated dancers of her generation, Ms. Ringer has contributed to the field of dance in many ways.

Tamsin Carlson
Chair, Modern and Creative Dance, Modern Dance Instructor

Tamsin Carlson is a graduate of the Arts Educational School, where she was awarded a college diploma, and London Contemporary Dance School, where she was awarded a diploma for her course work.

Denise Scheerer
Chair, Tap and Musical Theater

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