The Dance Academy is part of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, which also includes Youth Dance programs. Led by Dean Margaret Tracey, the Dance Academy is a rigorous pre-professional ballet training program that honors the great traditions of classical ballet, embraces the new and contemporary, and includes the exploration of diverse dance genres to train well-rounded artists.
Our holistic artistic education shapes dancers as thinkers, artists, and performers as they experience life in the cultural heart of a global city. The small class size allows for each dancer to develop in their own way, through mentorship and personalized guidance that nurtures their unique gifts and prepares them for a professional career in dance. Attending the Colburn Dance Academy requires a high level of commitment and passion. We suggest applicants to have studied ballet for a minimum of four years. We train students ages 14–17 in the summer and year-round program
Colburn Dance Academy for the 2024–25 school year (Aug 2024–June 2025)
and the 2024 Dance Academy Summer Intensive (June 17–22, 2024).
Register for Auditions
At the in-person audition, Dance Academy artistic staff will give and observe a full ballet technique class. The class is taught in the Balanchine style and may be two hours in length.
All dancers will be assessed on the following:
Dancers who train en pointe will be asked to wear pointe shoes for the audition class.
Video auditions for the 2024 Dance Academy Summer Intensive will be accepted from December 15, 2023 until April 15, 2024.
Video auditions for the 2024–25 Colburn Dance Academy will be accepted from January 1 until June 15, 2024.
Please note that students are encouraged to send in their videos as early as possible to be considered for the limited number of spots in both the 2024 Dance Academy Summer Intensive and the 2024–25 Colburn Dance Academy.
Videos should be uploaded to a privacy-enabled video sharing service including YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox or other similar platforms, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the password. Videos should include the following content with a preferred limit of 15 minutes in length.
All students must include the following:
*Dancers who train en pointe should wear pointe shoes and include a diagonal turning combination
Video Audition Dress Code
Contact Gavin Kelley at email@example.com or 213-621-1085 to inquire about residential availability.