Why Colburn?

The Colburn Dance Academy, part of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, develops complete artists that are successful in the competitive field of professional dance.


World-class faculty from leading dance companies provide rigorous training with a personal connection and individual attention that includes regular private classes.

Professional Training

Performing master works and new choreography, combined with lectures and classes on professional development, prepare Colburn students to enter the dance field.

Master Classes

Master classes with visiting artistic directors and leading professionals offer exposure and up-close experiences with today’s leading artists.


Colburn offers students a rich artistic environment with like-minded dancers and musicians of their own age where they can strive for excellence every day without the obstruction of perfectionism.


The only dance program in California and one of only eight dance programs nationwide accredited by the prestigious (ACCPAS) meeting the high standards of the commission.