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Youth and Adult Dance

Music naturally inspires people to express themselves through dance, which is why dance classes have been a tradition at the С槼ֱ 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 and rigorous progressive learning programs in ballet, tap, and modern dance that are designed to develop their artistry and technical skill. All students are required to audition for admission. For those invited for admittance, we ask 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 ensure that students understand core technique and movement theory, as well as the history and tradition of each style they study. Creative performance is also highly encouraged with most classes offering opportunities to dance on stage in front of peers and the public.

Academic Year August 28, 2023 to June 2, 2024

Welcome to the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI) at the С槼ֱ. Led by Dean Margaret Tracey and Associate Dean Darleen Callaghan, TZDI includes both our Youth Dance and Dance Academy programs. Our mission is to honor and extend the great traditions of ballet, modern, and tap dance. This is accomplished by forming students of all ages as collaborative agents who will take the art of dance forward.


The Early Dance, Children’s Dance, Young Adult Dance and Adult Dance Programs at Colburn are all part of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI), which also includes the Dance Academy, a rigorous ballet training program for young people ages 14–18. Led by Dean Margaret Tracey and Associate Dean Darleen Callaghan, the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is dedicated to developing the individual gifts, talents and interests of each of its students.

Please click on a program heading name to see the various class offerings per genre:

Dance Academy

The Dance Academy is a rigorous pre-professional ballet training program that both honors the great traditions of classical ballet and embraces the new and contemporary.

Students learn masterworks and deepen their understanding of the great tradition of this art form. They also collaborate with the choreographers of today and develop their own creative voices. Our holistic artistic education shapes dancers as thinkers, artists, and performers as they experience life in the cultural heart of a global city.

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Meet Our Faculty

Jeesung Kang
Piano Faculty

Ms. Kang has won many prizes and has appeared as a soloist with multiple orchestras in the US, as well as in South Korea.

Ted Sugata holding an oboe and smiling in front of a window. He is wearing glasses.
Ted Sugata, DMA
Oboe Faculty

A native of Southern California, Ted Sugata is currently second oboist with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was a member of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida, and principal oboist with the Lyrique-en-Mer Opera Festival in Belle-Ile, France.

Henry Gronnier
Chair, String Department, Violin Faculty, Chamber Music Faculty

Henry Gronnier is a founding member and first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet. Early musical studies took place at the Conservatoire in his native town of Saint Quentin, France, where he was awarded the Premier Prix in both piano and violin.

Victoria Dobson in a denim jacket smiling in front of a window.
Victoria Dobson
Creative Dance Instructor

Victoria is a dancer, teacher, and creator of the podcast Dance With Teachers.