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Modern Dance

The Colburn Modern Dance Program

This program is a unique offering of foundational modern dance technique.  Beginning at five years of age with Creative Dance and advancing to Modern Dance I, II & III with Horton-based technique, students are working with respected faculty who themselves are experienced teachers and performers. Students acquire strength, physicality, rhythm and proper body alignment as well as celebrating the expressivity of dance. Our Intermediate and Advanced Modern Ensemble students have the additional advantages of learning Cunningham and Graham technique in addition to a variety of repertory.

They also have performing opportunities with our Winter and Spring dance concerts, as well as participating in masterclasses throughout the year. Colburn Dance’s partnership with the Cunningham Trust enables our students to go beyond the technique and learn Merce Cunningham’s works directly from stagers who themselves worked with Merce. An incredible opportunity that expands the dancers understanding of the technique and furthers their artistic development. Colburn Dance is the only dance program on the West Coast offering these opportunities to middle school and high school aged students.

Our Creative Dance curriculum is designed for nurturing physical and cognitive growth, combining
these goals with fundamental dance skills and joyful, creative expression. These classes can be a child’s
first introduction to dance or a transition from Colburn’s Early Childhood Creative Arts Program.

Our creative dancers work with partners and small groups exploring key concepts – relationships,
energy, space, time, and body awareness – learning to invent movement from within their own skills
and movement history in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Auditions are not required. Classes recommended by age.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Julianna Bulgarelli 4yr 6mo - 6yr 11mo 06/29 - 07/20 Sa 08:00 am - 08:55 am $105.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 4yr 5mo - 6yr 11mo 08/31 - 05/31 Sa 08:00 am - 08:55 am $850.00

Our Creative Dance curriculum is designed for nurturing physical and cognitive growth, combining these goals with fundamental dance skills and joyful, creative expression. These classes can be a child’s first introduction to dance or a transition from Colburn’s Early Childhood Creative Arts Program.

Our creative dancers work with partners and small groups exploring key concepts – relationships, energy, space, time, and body awareness – learning to invent movement from within their own skills and movement history in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Auditions are not required. Classes recommended by age.

 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Julianna Bulgarelli 6yr - 8yr 11mo 09/02 - 06/01 Sa 09:00 am - 10:00 am $840.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Julianna Bulgarelli 7yr - 8yr 11mo 06/29 - 07/20 Sa 09:00 am - 09:55 am $105.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 6yr 11mo - 8yr 11mo 08/31 - 05/31 Sa 09:00 am - 09:55 am $850.00

Modern I introduces the dancer to the fundamentals of modern dance with an emphasis on
developing body alignment and musicality. Focusing on creating physical and cognitive growth
together with coordination, balance, and spatial awareness, the dancers experience the joy of
physical, creative expression. All classes have a percussionist from our music faculty. Dancers will
perform in the years culminating Spring Dance Concert.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 7yr - 9yr 11mo 09/02 - 06/01 Sa 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm $840.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 7yr - 8yr 11mo 06/29 - 07/20 Sa 10:00 am - 10:55 am $105.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 8yr - 9yr 11mo 08/31 - 05/31 Sa 10:00 am - 10:55 am $850.00

Modern II continues building on the fundamentals of a Horton based technique, adding spinal
articulation and continuing the development of their movement vocabulary. Phrases of movement
across the space, with use of different levels are added to continue building physicality, musicality, and
spatial awareness. All classes have a percussionist from our music faculty. Dancers will perform in the
years culminating Spring Dance Concert.

 

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 9yr - 10yr 11mo 08/30 - 06/01 We, Sa Varied $1500.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 8yr - 18yr 11mo 06/29 - 07/20 Sa 11:00 am - 12:25 pm $126.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 8yr - 18yr 11mo 08/28 - 05/31 We, Sa Varied $1875.00

Modern III continues developing the dancers’ modern fundamentals with additional focus on
technique, alignment, strength and artistry. Ballet technique is added once a week, furthering their development and adding the necessary vocabulary. All classes have a percussionist from our
music faculty. Dancers will perform in the years culminating Spring Dance Concert.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Yuka Fukuda 11yr - 12yr 11mo 08/28 - 06/02 Mo, Th, Su Varied $2500.00
Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 8yr - 18yr 11mo 08/26 - 05/29 Mo, We, Th Varied $2700.00

Modern IV’s dancers continue in this rigorous program, with the addition of Cunningham technique –
created by choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham. Unique in its use of torso, rhythm and
space, this combining of techniques – Horton, Cunningham and ballet – together with additional
repertory classes, enhances the dancers physical, technical and artistic development. Dancers will
perform in the years culminating Spring Dance Concert.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 8yr - 18yr 11mo 08/27 - 06/01 Tu, Th, Fr, Su Varied $3850.00

Modern V is a rigorous, technical and artistic program that requires a five day a week attendance.
Developed for dancers pursuing a major in dance at the college level, this program offers modern in
three techniques: Cunningham, Horton and Graham and additionally weekly ballet. Modern V’s
repertory class features guest artists and stagers, from such institutions as The Cunningham Trust, as
well as work from our own faculty, with performance opportunities throughout the calendar year.

Instructor Ages Dates Days Times Fees
Tamsin Carlson 8yr - 18yr 11mo 08/27 - 06/01 Tu, We, Th, Fr, Su Varied $4900.00