Join us in Summer 2022 to grow in your technique and artistry through an array of dynamic programs.
New to Colburn? Our Dance Staff is here to help! Call 213-621-1085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for placement recommendations and assistance.
Early Dance Program
Pre-Ballet Dance Camps
Children’s Dance Program
Young Adult Dance Program
Summer Ballet Intensive
Modern Dance Program
Tap Dance Program
Colburn’s Early Dance Program is designed to foster the love of dance and music in little dancers between the ages of 2 and 6.
This class provides a dynamic and interactive movement and music experience for little ones and their guardians.
8 am–9 am, Saturdays
2–3 years old
No previous experience or audition required.
This class develops imagination, physical coordination, and musicality for young dancers.
2:30 pm–3:15 pm, Tuesdays
9 am–9:45 am, Saturdays
3–4 years old
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This class serves as an introduction to the magic and physical rigor of ballet training, introducing concepts about body awareness, turned-out body positions, and dancing in dialogue with music.
3:15 pm–4 pm, Tuesdays
9:45 am–10:30 am, Saturdays
5–6 years old
This class provides an opportunity to explore ballet and related dance genres in an encouraging boys-only class environment.
3:15 pm–4 pm, Tuesdays
Experience the magic of ballet in these 1-week camps for little dancers. Each day will include a pre-ballet class, story time, crafts, and fun with choreography.
Would you like to be a dancing princess or a brave soldier battling giant mice, or Little Red Riding Hood or the Big Bad Wolf? You can portray all these characters and more, as this week of camp explores the fun, beauty and excitement of the great story ballets composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.
9 am–12 pm, Tuesday–Friday
4–6 years old
This week explores the playful wonder of Camille Saint-Saens’ iconic score that brings to life lions, swans, kangaroos, and more. Students will present an in-studio performance on the last day of classes and let their imaginations run wild!
9 am–12 pm, Monday–Friday
Grow in technique and artistry through these multidisciplinary class levels.
Level 1 lays the foundation for a young dancer in the technique and musicality of both ballet and tap dance. This level also includes a Stretch & Strengthen class to help these young dancers understand and develop their bodies as athletic artists.
4 pm–6:15 pm, Tuesday and Thursday
7–8 years old
A placement class is required to join this level. Please contact Colburn’s Dance Office at email@example.com to schedule a placement class. There is a $20 fee for this placement class.
This class runs parallel with Level 1, laying the foundation for young male students in an encouraging boys-only environment for their ballet classes and then developing in a coeducational setting for their fundamentals of tap dance and a Stretch & Strengthen class to help them understand their bodies as athletic artists.
Level II continues the technical work begun in Level I in both the ballet and tap dance. Students in this level begin to expand their vocabulary of dance movement and deepen their body awareness and strength through their Stretch & Strengthen class.
4 pm–6:30 pm, Monday and Wednesday
4 pm–5:30 pm, Friday
8–9 years old
Level III begins a more intensive schedule in ballet (adding beginning pointework), continues with more complex concepts in tap dance and physical conditioning, and introduces modern dance technique to the students. At this level, students experience the intensity and interdisciplinary dimensions of pre-professional dance education.
4 pm–6:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
9 am–11:30 am, Saturday
10–12 years old
The Young Adult Program builds the bridge from foundational dance training to a more conservatory-level rigor and interdisciplinary dance education.
The Intermediate Level includes rigorous and multifaceted training in ballet, tap, and modern dance to develop well-rounded technical and expressive dancers.
4 pm–6:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
4 pm–7 pm, Friday
19:30 am–1:30 pm, Saturday
12–13 years old
The Advanced Level is the most intensive and multidimensional ballet-focused course in Colburn’s afternoon class offerings. Students train in ballet technique, as well as supplementary ballet courses in pointe, variations, and pas de deux (partnering). They continue with modern dance technique, add an additional day of physical conditioning in their Stretch & Strengthen class, and add Artistic Inquiry—a weekly university-style course that explores the history and development of ballet and its relationship with other dance forms and disciplines.
5:30 pm–8 pm, Monday
4:15 pm–8 pm, Tuesday
5:30 pm–8 pm, Wednesday
4 pm–8 pm, Thursday
5:30 pm–8 pm, Friday
9 am–12 pm, Saturday
14–18 years old
This two-week summer ballet intensive program is designed to provide students with a bridge to connect the end of their year-round training and the start of their longer summer training courses.
Students will also be given an experience of the year-round training in Colburn’s Dance Academy, a rigorous highly personalized pre-professional ballet program that prepares dancers for their individual aspirations by honoring the great traditions of classical ballet and embracing the new and contemporary.
The program includes close work with Colburn’s distinguished faculty, led by Dean Silas Farley, and special guest artists, including legendary teacher Suki Schorer.
Classes will include ballet technique, contemporary, partnering, conditioning, conversations on ballet’s history and evolution, cultural excursions, and learning the repertory of leading choreographers including William Forsythe and Alonzo King. Each student will also receive private coaching.
9 am–5 pm, Monday through Saturday
A live audition class or audition video is required to participate in this program. Please contact Colburn’s Dance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a placement class or email an audition video to email@example.com using the video guideline below. There is a $20 fee for either the audition class or the video submission.
All students must include the following
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Colburn’s Modern Dance Program is unique in the quality and diversity of the modern dance techniques offered, including those of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Merce Cunningham. This level of specialization is normally accessible only at the university level.
Students in Modern III learn the foundations of modern dance technique in a focused, musically-driven environment.
5:30 pm–6:30 pm, Wednesday
Modern III Plus provides students with the opportunity to go deeper in their work with this additional technique class.
4 pm–5:30 pm, Monday
Intermediate Modern introduces more complex concepts in modern dance technique.
12 pm–1:30 pm, Saturday
Advanced Modern presents rigorous technical and artistic concepts in modern dance technique. Students begin to synthesize the foundational lessons from Modern 3 and Intermediate Modern into their own expressive voices.
10:30 am–12 pm, Saturday
13–18 years old
This Modern Dance Intensive provides students with exposure to three different historic modern dance techniques: Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Merce Cunningham. The course is also supplemented with a ballet technique class and a weekly course in modern dance repertory.
6:30 pm–8 pm, Tuesday
5:30 pm–8:30 pm, Thursday
6:30 pm–8:30 pm, Friday
1:30 pm–5 pm, Saturday
12–18 years old
Colburn’s Tap Dance Program is an embodied music eduacation. Students are taught to read percussion music and then physically manifest those rhythms, cultivating their bodies as articulate musical instruments.
In Tap I, students learn the foundations of tap as an embodied form of music.
5:30 9m–6:15 pm, Thursday
In Tap II, students build their movement vocabulary and sensitivity to music.
In Tap III, students are introduced to more complex concepts in tap dance technique and musicality.
10:30 am–11:30 am, Saturday
In Intermediate Tap, students deepen their grasp of tap dance technique and prepare to learn more tap dance repertory.
5:30 pm–7:30 pm, Friday
This level is designed for dedicated tap students who would eventually like to join one of Colburn’s performing groups, The Intermediate Tap Ensemble.
6:30 pm–8 pm, Monday
4 pm–5:30 pm, Saturday
Teen Tap is designed for beginning level students between the ages of 13 and 18.
7 pm–8:30 pm, Friday
The Intermediate Tap Ensemble is designed for dedicated tap students who desire to grow in their technique, artistry, and fluency in tap dance repertory.
6:30 pm–8 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday
2:30 pm–4 pm, Saturday
The Teen Tap Summer Intensive is designed for serious tap students who desire to take their work to the next level with focused training in diverse tap techniques and repertory, supplemented courses in improvisation, music, Tap Dance History and cross-training in yoga and Pilates.
10 am–3:45 pm, Monday through Friday