Auditions & Placement Classes

The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute offers placement classes for new students for our ballet, modern, and tap class offerings in the Youth Dance Program throughout the year. No placement class is required for any of our Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet or Boy’s Early Dance classes in our Early Dance Program.

If you would like to schedule a placement class, please contact us at dance@colburnschool.edu or call (213) 621-4530.

Auditions are required for admission to our Dance Academy Program and are available year-round. Please contact Colburn’s Dance Office at dance@colburnschool.edu or call (213) 621-4530 to schedule an in-person audition or email an audition video to dance@colburnschool.edu using the video guidelines below. There is a $20 fee for either the in-person audition or the video submission.

Please include the following
Barre – the following combinations to one side:
  • Plié
  • Tendu
  • Rond de Jambe
  • Adagio
  • Grand Battement
  • Center floor work
Women must include the following, performed en pointe:
  • Adagio
  • Échappé
  • Relevé in arabesque
  • Diagonal turning combination
  • Petit allegro
  • Grand allegro
Men must include the following:
  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes both en dehors and en dedans
  • Diagonal turning combination
  • Petit allegro
  • Grand allegro
  • Double tour en l’air (may be part of grand allegro)
  • À la seconde turns
  • Video Audition Dress Code:
  • Women: black leotard, pink or skin tone tights, pointe shoes
  • Men: black tights and white t-shirt
Visitors to campus must comply with Colburn’s on-campus Covid protocols.

Please contact dance@colburnschool.edu or (213) 621-4530 to schedule a placement class.

The Modern Dance Program is designed to develop a young dancer’s artistry and skill. All interested modern dance students are required to do a placement class.

Classes in tap provide the opportunity for new and experienced dancers to develop their tap technique in a rigorous training program. All tap students are required to audition for proper placement.

Please contact dance@colburnschool.edu or (213) 621-4530 to schedule a placement class.

All interested tap dance students are required to attend a placement class.

Contact Us
Please contact dance@colburnschool.edu with “Placement Class” in the subject line, and name and age of the student in the body of the email and we will get back to you ASAP.
For questions about placement classes, auditions, registration, or if you need additional information, please contact Sarah Lakey at slakey@colburnschool.edu or 213-621-4530.
You can also view our Schedule of Classes and Frequently Asked Questions or visit our social media sites at Colburn Dance Facebook page and Instagram.