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

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.

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.

Amy Schadt
Jazz Dance for Music Theatre 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.

James Fayette
Associate Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

James Fayette retired from New York City Ballet in 2005 at the rank of Principal dancer.