Why Colburn?

Ballet students standing at barre
Youth and Adult Dance at Colburn is part of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute (TZDI). Led by Dean Margaret Tracey and Associate Dean Darleen Callaghan, the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is dedicated to developing the talent and ambitions of its students.


Exceptional faculty of former professional dancers committed to providing the individual caring attention necessary to support students in their artistic growth.

Rigorous, Sequential Learning

Structured and disciplined classes focused on supporting our students’ success through rigorous and sequential learning through progressive levels.


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.

Live Musical Accompaniment

Live musical accompaniment in every class


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.