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

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.
James Fayette
Associate Dean, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute

James Fayette has a deep understanding of how the employment of dancers is managed and is keenly sensitive to the needs and career concerns of professional artists.

Chard Gonzalez
Modern Dance Instructor

Chard Gonzalez is a native San Diegan, dance artist, educator, and advocate.

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.