Colburn Dance

Colburn Dance In the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, students of all skill levels, from young beginners to advanced dancers, study ballet, tap, and modern. Our faculty blend technique and artistic exploration in a supportive environment that encourages fun while providin
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Our mission is to give students excellent training grounded in classical ballet while also instructing them in other dance styles. We encourage our students through a broad exposure of music, visual arts and performance to become enriched individuals who will bring depth and insight to their stage careers and the field of dance. Leadership:

Jenifer Ringer, Director
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James Fayette Associate Director
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Benjamin Millepied, Artistic Advisor
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Operating as usual

Exciting news: there's a new episode of our alumni podcast! In this minisode of So, How's That Going?, we talk to Conser...
05/06/2021

Exciting news: there's a new episode of our alumni podcast! In this minisode of So, How's That Going?, we talk to Conservatory alum Alicia Lee, who curated the fourth program, Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet, which premieres Saturday, May 8. Listen on our website or wherever you get your podcasts. https://bit.ly/3h8cd4Q

Exciting news: there's a new episode of our alumni podcast! In this minisode of So, How's That Going?, we talk to Conservatory alum Alicia Lee, who curated the fourth program, Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet, which premieres Saturday, May 8. Listen on our website or wherever you get your podcasts. https://bit.ly/3h8cd4Q

Today we shine our faculty spotlight on the incredible Johnnie Hobbs III! Read on to learn more about this highly talent...
05/05/2021

Today we shine our faculty spotlight on the incredible Johnnie Hobbs III! Read on to learn more about this highly talented tap dancer and instructor.

Q: How long have you been teaching at Colburn?
A: I’ve been teaching at Colburn for 5 years.

Q: What do you enjoy about teaching at Colburn?
A: I really enjoy the staff and the students! I love the location, too. Also, I think Colburn School has the BEST wooden floors to tap dance on in the city!

Q: What is your training background, and professional experience?
A: I was born and raised in Philadelphia and I was taught tap by LaVaughn Robinson. I graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre Arts. I’m also a filmmaker and direct voiceovers for video games.

Q: Any fun facts about you that would be interesting to include?
A: I own 57 plants. None of them have names and thrive. :-)

Today we shine our faculty spotlight on the incredible Johnnie Hobbs III! Read on to learn more about this highly talented tap dancer and instructor.

Q: How long have you been teaching at Colburn?
A: I’ve been teaching at Colburn for 5 years.

Q: What do you enjoy about teaching at Colburn?
A: I really enjoy the staff and the students! I love the location, too. Also, I think Colburn School has the BEST wooden floors to tap dance on in the city!

Q: What is your training background, and professional experience?
A: I was born and raised in Philadelphia and I was taught tap by LaVaughn Robinson. I graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Theatre Arts. I’m also a filmmaker and direct voiceovers for video games.

Q: Any fun facts about you that would be interesting to include?
A: I own 57 plants. None of them have names and thrive. :-)

The Colburn community came together for this moving collective performing arts experience. Join us today online at noon ...
04/29/2021

The Colburn community came together for this moving collective performing arts experience. Join us today online at noon to watch The Way Forward film premiere. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

The Colburn community came together for this moving collective performing arts experience. Join us today online at noon to watch The Way Forward film premiere. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

We pointe our Dance Academy students to their professional success. #TheColburnEffect
04/28/2021

We pointe our Dance Academy students to their professional success. #TheColburnEffect

We pointe our Dance Academy students to their professional success. #TheColburnEffect

Colburn rose to the challenge this past year to keep the performing arts a central resource of positivity and creativity...
04/28/2021

Colburn rose to the challenge this past year to keep the performing arts a central resource of positivity and creativity. Watch The Way Forward film premiere on April 29. https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

Colburn rose to the challenge this past year to keep the performing arts a central resource of positivity and creativity. Watch The Way Forward film premiere on April 29. https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

Music and our Colburn community have been our constants this year. Explore how at The Way Forward's film premiere on Apr...
04/27/2021

Music and our Colburn community have been our constants this year. Explore how at The Way Forward's film premiere on April 29. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

Music and our Colburn community have been our constants this year. Explore how at The Way Forward's film premiere on April 29. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

See how the Colburn community came together in The Way Forward, a film premiering on April 29. Learn more: https://bit.l...
04/26/2021

See how the Colburn community came together in The Way Forward, a film premiering on April 29. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

See how the Colburn community came together in The Way Forward, a film premiering on April 29. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3xqh3jw

We partner with established changemakers to engage and empower young artists of color. #TheColburnEffect
04/26/2021

We partner with established changemakers to engage and empower young artists of color. #TheColburnEffect

We partner with established changemakers to engage and empower young artists of color. #TheColburnEffect

With so many Conservatory successes to celebrate in such a short time, just imagine where we'll be in another 20 years. ...
04/26/2021

With so many Conservatory successes to celebrate in such a short time, just imagine where we'll be in another 20 years. #TheColburnEffect

With so many Conservatory successes to celebrate in such a short time, just imagine where we'll be in another 20 years. #TheColburnEffect

Calling all advanced ballet dancers: virtual auditions for Colburn Dance Academy are coming up fast! The first round of ...
04/25/2021
Apply to the Dance Academy - Colburn

Calling all advanced ballet dancers: virtual auditions for Colburn Dance Academy are coming up fast! The first round of auditions are May 1, and the video submission deadline is April 26th. Apply now:

The Dance Academy is part of the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, which also includes Youth and Adult Dance programs. Led by Dean Jenifer Ringer and Associate Dean James Fayette, the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute is dedicated to developing the talent and ambitions of its students.

Alumna Alicia Lee (Conservatory ‘08) will present the next concert in our Next Up Series: Styles and Textures for Solo C...
04/24/2021

Alumna Alicia Lee (Conservatory ‘08) will present the next concert in our Next Up Series: Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet with Monolog by the Korean composer, Isang Yun, as its dramatic center on May 8. Learn more and register for this free event: https://bit.ly/39fhm6O

Alumna Alicia Lee (Conservatory ‘08) will present the next concert in our Next Up Series: Styles and Textures for Solo Clarinet with Monolog by the Korean composer, Isang Yun, as its dramatic center on May 8. Learn more and register for this free event: https://bit.ly/39fhm6O

With our partner programs, we are stronger together. #TheColburnEffect
04/24/2021

With our partner programs, we are stronger together. #TheColburnEffect

With our partner programs, we are stronger together. #TheColburnEffect

In this edition of our Faculty Spotlight, we check in with Modern Dance faculty member Chard Gonzalez!Q: How long have y...
04/23/2021

In this edition of our Faculty Spotlight, we check in with Modern Dance faculty member Chard Gonzalez!

Q: How long have you been teaching at Colburn, and which classes have you taught?
A: I've been teaching at Colburn for 3 years: Modern Dance levels 3, 4, 5.

Q: What do you enjoy about teaching at Colburn?
A: I love our students' dedication to their training both technically and artistically. It's always a joy watching them attain their goals and then find new ones.

Q: What is your training background, and professional experience?
A: I was a "jazzerina" before getting my first job as a dancer at Disneyland. Then I moved to New York to be a "serious" dancer. I studied the technique and choreography of Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, and several other modern gurus. During that time I continued to perfect my ballet technique (mostly Balanchine). In New York, I danced with Nai Ni Chen Dance Company and Douglas Dunn and Dancers while training primarily at the Cunningham studio. But wanting a wider exposure to the dance world, I moved to Europe and performed with A.L.D.E.S., Company Blu, Compagnia Virgilio Sieni Danza, Cathy Seago, Jonathan Burrows, and other dance theatre artists. After 8 years in Europe, I moved back to the US and formed Chard Gonzalez Dance Theatre. My company has performed over 12 evening-length works and has toured in Louisiana, Texas, New York, and California.

Although the desire to create dances is always present in my life, my focus over the past 20 plus years has been as a dance educator. I have a BFA from SUNY Purchase in Dance Performance and a MA from Trinity/Laban in Dance Studies. My teaching expertise includes Cunningham Technique, Graham-based technique, Limon-based technique, choreography, improvisation, Klein technique, and ballet. I have taught at Trinity/Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, Roehampton University, Wi******er University, London Studio Centre, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, California Ballet School, Pieter Performance Space, the Colburn School, and many other institutions throughout Europe and the United States. I have also presented my research in dance education at National Dance Education Organization, California Dance Education Association, Dance/USA, Nordic Society for Phenomenology, Exeter University, Congress on Research in Dance, and other conferences.

Q: Any fun facts about you that you would like to share?
A: Prior to the COVID pandemic, I was working at Disneyland again in the department of Entertainment Costuming.

This Saturday is the last Virtual Office Hours of the year, so don't miss it! You can watch the stream at noon right her...
04/23/2021
Virtual Office Hours - Colburn

This Saturday is the last Virtual Office Hours of the year, so don't miss it! You can watch the stream at noon right here on Facebook.

As our instruction goes, so goes Office Hours! The Alumni and Parent Relations Office will continue to host a monthly pop-up for our Colburn families online. Join us to learn about what’s going on at Colburn, participate in a workshop, enter a raffle for Colburn swag, or catch a short recital feat...

And these are just some of the places our incredible Community School alumni went on to in 2020. #TheColburnEffect
04/22/2021

And these are just some of the places our incredible Community School alumni went on to in 2020. #TheColburnEffect

And these are just some of the places our incredible Community School alumni went on to in 2020. #TheColburnEffect

Donors are invited to join us for an exclusive conversation with artists featured in The Way Forward, a moving film that...
04/21/2021
The Way Forward Artists’ Studio | Colburn

Donors are invited to join us for an exclusive conversation with artists featured in The Way Forward, a moving film that reimagines the concert-going experience for the digital age. Learn more:

Featured Artists Ryan Meehan, Violin, Calidore String Quartet Tate Zawadiuk, Cello, Viano String Quartet Benett Tsai, Cello, Conservatory student Cristina Mateo Sáez, Clarinet, Conservatory alumna Isabella Bertagni, Dance Academy student

The New Venture project deadline is coming up fast! Apply now for a chance to get your project funded and off the ground...
04/20/2021

The New Venture project deadline is coming up fast! Apply now for a chance to get your project funded and off the ground. https://bit.ly/2PiDDt7

The New Venture project deadline is coming up fast! Apply now for a chance to get your project funded and off the ground. https://bit.ly/2PiDDt7

Our own Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact Jazmín Morales was interviewed for Arts Eng...
04/20/2021
Jazmin Morales on Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin

Our own Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation and Community Impact Jazmín Morales was interviewed for Arts Engines! Learn more about Jazmín and our EDI initiatives:

Jazmin Morales, Assistant Director of the Colburn School’s Center for Innovation and Community Impact, shares the impact of Colburn’s EDI initiatives and str...

...aka the total amount of scholarship support we give our students -- because finances should never be a barrier to art...
04/20/2021

...aka the total amount of scholarship support we give our students -- because finances should never be a barrier to arts education. #TheColburnEffect

...aka the total amount of scholarship support we give our students -- because finances should never be a barrier to arts education. #TheColburnEffect

Tomorrow, Eric Byers (Conservatory ’05) will lead a program that takes us back and forward through time, featuring origi...
04/10/2021

Tomorrow, Eric Byers (Conservatory ’05) will lead a program that takes us back and forward through time, featuring original arrangements of Stravinsky, Pärt, and more. Register for the free event: https://bit.ly/39fhm6O

Tomorrow, Eric Byers (Conservatory ’05) will lead a program that takes us back and forward through time, featuring original arrangements of Stravinsky, Pärt, and more. Register for the free event: https://bit.ly/39fhm6O

We sat down with Trudl Zipper Dance Institute’s Music and Technical Coordinator Michael Roberts to discuss the beginning...
04/09/2021
Michael Roberts Shares Highlights from a Life in the Performing Arts - Colburn

We sat down with Trudl Zipper Dance Institute’s Music and Technical Coordinator Michael Roberts to discuss the beginnings of the dance program, the importance of live music for dancers, and highlights from his 16 years at Colburn. Read more:

After 16 years at Colburn, Trudl Zipper Dance Institute Music and Technical Coordinator Michael Roberts will retire this year.

04/07/2021
Next Up Retrouve Teaser

Eric Byers (Conservatory ’05) and Kevin Kwan Loucks perform Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73. Watch the full performance as well as works by Stravinsky, Arvo Pärt, and more this Saturday for our Next Up program, Retrouvé: Rediscovering the Past. https://bit.ly/39fhm6O

Celebrated New York City Ballet Principal Maria Kowroski graced our virtual studios this past year, and our Dance Academ...
04/07/2021

Celebrated New York City Ballet Principal Maria Kowroski graced our virtual studios this past year, and our Dance Academy students relished the opportunity to study with such a career legend.

Ms. Kowroski joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice in 1994 at the age of 17 and was promoted to soloist in 1997. Since 1999, she has performed as one of New York City Ballet’s most coveted principal dancers and is currently the only remaining dancer to have worked with founding choreographer, Jerome Robbins.

Ms. Kowroski is a bright, brilliant, and articulate teacher. Our students took full advantage of the opportunity to train with this passionate and dedicated artist.

Fun Fact: Ms. Kowroski and Dean Jenifer Ringer were dressing room-mates at their theater for over 15 years!

If you're entering the New Venture Competition to help fund your next project, check out the micro-course and learn how ...
04/06/2021
New Venture Competition Pitch Prep

If you're entering the New Venture Competition to help fund your next project, check out the micro-course and learn how to crush your pitch!

How To Crush A Two Minute Pitch

In February we welcomed Colburn Faculty alumna Carla Körbes into our virtual studios, where students in the Dance Academ...
04/05/2021

In February we welcomed Colburn Faculty alumna Carla Körbes into our virtual studios, where students in the Dance Academy and Ballet level 6 had the opportunity to work with this inspiring ballet star.

Originally from Brazil, Ms. Körbes left for America in 1996 to study at the School of American Ballet and was made an apprentice at the New York City Ballet in 1999. She was quickly promoted to corps member and later became a soloist in 2005. In 2006, she joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet and performed as one of their most celebrated principal dancers until her retirement in 2015. Since retiring from the stage, she has been a faculty member at Colburn, an associate director at LA Dance Project, and most recently an associate professor of music in ballet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Ms. Körbes brings a joy, lightness, and warmth to the art form of dance, and it was a special honor to share her unique gifts with our students.

New podcast dropped! As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curator...
04/02/2021

New podcast dropped! As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Eric Byers, who curated the third program, Retrouvé, which premieres Saturday, April 10. Listen on our website or on your podcast platform of choice. https://bit.ly/2XiFzU8

New podcast dropped! As part of Colburn’s Next Up Series, which showcases alumni, we’re speaking with the alumni curators of each program and sharing these conversations as minisodes. In this minisode, we talk to Conservatory alum Eric Byers, who curated the third program, Retrouvé, which premieres Saturday, April 10. Listen on our website or on your podcast platform of choice. https://bit.ly/2XiFzU8

Chicago's Sterling Harris melds his passion for Tap dancing with his love of neuroscience. Read the Dance Magazine artic...
03/29/2021
This Dancer With a Neuroscience Degree "Taps" Into Both Sides of His Brain

Chicago's Sterling Harris melds his passion for Tap dancing with his love of neuroscience. Read the Dance Magazine article below to learn more about this energetic talent!

Chicago Tap Theatre's Sterling Harris is a study in dualities. An effervescent performer and budding choreographer, he's an amalgam of his training in rhythm tap on Chicago's South Side and in Billy Siegenfeld's exuberant, theatrical Jump Rhythm technique via Northwestern University. "Sterling walks...

On April 10, the Next Up Series returns with alumnus Eric Byers’ program, Retrouvé. On the heels of recording their albu...
03/27/2021

On April 10, the Next Up Series returns with alumnus Eric Byers’ program, Retrouvé. On the heels of recording their album this past fall, he and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks will perform selections from Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Robert Schumann, Igor Stravinsky, Arvo Pärt, and Marin Marais. Learn more: https://bit.ly/39fhm6O

On April 10, the Next Up Series returns with alumnus Eric Byers’ program, Retrouvé. On the heels of recording their album this past fall, he and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks will perform selections from Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Robert Schumann, Igor Stravinsky, Arvo Pärt, and Marin Marais. Learn more: https://bit.ly/39fhm6O

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Be inspired and re-invigorate your artistry with a Colburn Dance 2-week intensive including choreographic and film project with New York City Ballet Dancer Silas Farley. Link to classes and details here- https://www.colburnschool.edu/youth-dance-programs/summer-programs/
Colburn Dance percussion accompanist Blake Colie recently released the album "Pathways" with the band Arise Roots. Check out their music which speaks to some of the challenging issues of today's society. We are so lucky to have such active and accomplished artists working with our students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wpsjB8QR-8
Colburn Dance percussion accompanist Blake Colie recently released the album Pathways with band Arise Roots. Check out their music which speaks to some of the challenging issues in today's society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wpsjB8QR-8
Tickets to USC's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are available now. This fills up fast, the shows are gorgeous and exciting and full of amazing talent.
Please spread the word to young singer/dancers.