Summer Programs

Dance Academy students posing on the beach
In this time of transition, the power of creativity and dance is more important that ever. Stay engaged, inspired, and progressing in both your artistry and technique by joining us for class this summer as we return to in-studio programming. There is still an option for those who wish to attend virtually.

This summer, we are offering weekly classes on Saturdays for the beginner dancers as well as two-week workshops for our intermediate and advanced dancers.

Enrollments for Saturday classes are accepted throughout July.

Summer Saturdays (July 10, 17, 24, 31)

Creative Dance classes combine the mastery of dance skills and vocabulary with creative expression. They can be a transition from Early Childhood movement classes or be a child’s first experience with dance and movement.

Two levels are offered according to age and experience, each meeting once per week for 55 minutes. Both classes include live musical accompaniment, enhancing the experience and aiding the development of musicality. Auditions are not required, but students between the ages of 4 years, 5 months and 4 years, 11 months are encouraged to take a trial class.

Creative Dance I

8–9 am
Ages 5–6

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Creative Dance II

9:15–10:15 am
Ages 6.5–8

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Pre-Ballet

9:30–10:30 am
Ages 5–6

This class introduces students to the musicality, artistry, and technical fundamentals of ballet class before entering Colburn’s sequential levels. Students are guided through safe and proper stretching, introductory barre work, and bigger movements in the center. Coursework will build students’ focus, coordination, strength, and confidence.

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Modern I/II

10–11 am
Ages 7–10

This Modern I/II hybrid class introduces students to proper body alignment as well as engaging and strengthening muscles. Articulations through the spine and torso are developed together with work on coordination, balance, rhythm, and a fundamental movement vocabulary.

While continuing to work on body alignment and strength, students begin to build the movement vocabulary. Phrases of movement across the space, use of different levels, and jumping are added to help build physicality and spatial awareness.

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Modern III

11:30 am–1 pm
Ages 10–13

At level III, students add comprehensive movement exercises that continue to develop strength, technique, and alignment. Students progress to more complex movement phrases that incorporate and explore the use of different levels, rhythm, and use of space. To develop artistry, the class emphasizes work on quality and dynamics within the movement. The addition of ballet once a week continues to help students develop strength and technique as well as knowledge of ballet terminology.

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Intermediate Tap

11:15 am–12:30 pm
Ages 10–13

Students are required to meet higher standards of instruction in this class for serious tap dancers. This class requires young dancers to perfect more accurate tap skills and steps. They also read drum music and hone stronger technique.

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Dance Intensives (July 6–16)

Advanced Ballet

July 6–16, 10:30 am–2 pm
Ages 13–18

This nine-day intensive is open to students who were enrolled in Ballet V and VI for the 2020–21 school year. This workshop offers daily technique and pointe classes plus Variations, Contemporary, Pilates, and Stretch.

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Advanced Teen Tap Intensive

July 6–16, 1–4:15 pm
Ages 13–18

This nine-day advanced tap intensive is geared for teenagers with an emphasis on honing technique and improvisation skills.

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Intermediate Modern

July 6–16, 10 am–3 pm
Ages 10–14

Students will explore dance techniques and choreography. Each day features a new guest choreographer in the morning, and an exploration of those ideas in the afternoon. There is the option to join virtually.

Guest teachers—introduced by modern dance chair, Tamsin Carlson—will each lead a warmup and teach a class followed by a choreographic workshop, exploring key concepts of choreography and different styles of choreography.

Afternoons will continue the choreographic explorations of the morning and students will be encouraged to create their own short works, either solo or in small groups. The last class of the week will have a showing at 2:30 pm for friends and family invited to observe.

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Ballet for the Young Dancer

July 6–16 (no class Monday, July 5)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4–6 pm

Ages 7–10
For Colburn dancers currently levels I–III

Students take ballet classes in addition to working with Ballet Chair Kelly Ann Sloan to create a special dance.

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Intermediate Ballet/Pre Pointe/Beginner Pointe

July 6–16, 4–6 pm
Ages 11–14

This two-week workshop is open to students ages 11 and up, and those currently enrolled in Ballet III and IV. The workshop will explore beginner pointe technique and pre-pointe strengthening. Each day includes a ballet technique class.

Students approved by the Ballet Chair for pointe work will wear pointe shoes for part of the session; others remain in ballet slippers for the duration. Students must bring a Theraband. New students are welcome to register pending assessment; contact dance@colburnschool.edu.

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Dance Intensives (July 19–30)

Advanced Modern

July 19–30, 10 am–3 pm
Ages 13–18

Students will explore dance techniques and choreography. Each day features a new guest choreographer in the morning, and an exploration of those ideas in the afternoon.

Guest teachers—introduced by modern dance chair, Tamsin Carlson—will each lead a warmup and teach a class followed by a choreographic workshop, exploring key concepts of choreography and different styles of choreography.

Afternoons will continue the choreographic explorations from the morning, and students will be encouraged to create and develop their own choreographic vocabulary either as solos, duets, or group works. The final workshop afternoon will culminate with a showing of the works, both guest and student, at 2:30 pm with family and friends invited to observe.

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Advanced Ballet

July 19–30, 10:30 am–2 pm
Ages 13–18

This ten-day intensive is open to students who were enrolled in Ballet V and VI for the 2020–21 school year. This workshop offers daily technique and pointe classes plus Variations, Contemporary, Pilates, and Stretch.

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Ballet for the Young Dancer

July 19-30
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4–6 pm

Ages 7–10
For Colburn dancers currently levels I–III

Students take ballet classes in addition to working with Ballet Chair Kelly Ann Sloan to create a special dance.

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Intermediate Ballet/Pre Pointe/Beginner Pointe

July 19–30, 4–6 pm
Ages 11–14

This two-week workshop is open to students ages 11 and up and those currently enrolled in Ballet III and IV. The workshop will explore beginner pointe technique and pre-pointe strengthening. Each day includes a ballet technique class.

Students approved by the Ballet Chair for pointe work will wear pointe shoes for part of the session; others remain in ballet slippers for the duration. Students must bring a Theraband. New students are welcome to register pending assessment; contact dance@colburnschool.edu.

Register Now