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

Lisa Gillespie smiling in front of a window. She is wearing hoop earrings and a necklace.
Lisa Gillespie
Ballet Instructor

In addition to teaching at the Colburn School, Lisa Gillespie is an adjunct professor of dance at Loyola Marymount University and a frequent instructor at the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy.

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.

Katherine Cowgill wearing a blouse and smiling in front of a window. She has very long hair.
Katherine Cowgill
Ballet Instructor

Katherine Cowgill began her ballet training at Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis under the training of Lise Houlton and Marjorie Thompson, learning a strong basis of classical ballet technique and contemporary dance.

Yoko Mizuno
Dance Accompanist

Yoko enjoys teaching various levels of students, is a freelance accompanist, and has been a ballet accompanist for the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute at The Colburn School since September 2011.