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.


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Meet Our Faculty

Blake Colie
Dance Accompanist

M.F.A. and B.F.A., Music Performance Drum Set and World Percussion, California Institute of the Arts. Started playing drums at age eleven and began Classical Percussion lessons at age 16.

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.
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.

Angel Pennington
Dance Instructor

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