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

Amy Schadt smiling in front of a window.
Amy Schadt
Tap and Musical Theater Instructor

Amy Schadt is an established dancer, choreographer, and teacher who has worked with Hama and the late Claude Thompson, and was lead dancer in various Jazz Dance LA productions.

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.

Joseph Wiggan
Dance Instructor

Joseph has appeared as a performer and teacher in many tap and jazz dance festivals in Guatemala City, Stockholm, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Paris, Tokyo, Vilnius, Barcelona, and others.

Michael Roberts
Music Coordinator

Michael has appeared on numerous TV shows and the movie Six Weeks with Mary Tyler Moore. Michael has also played for Juliet Prowse, who endorsed his original dance record albums.