The School



The Colburn Dance Academy is a pre-professional training program for ballet students age 14–19. It is a select group of up to 12 male and female dancers who will receive personalized instruction and mentorship as they pursue their goal of becoming professional dancers and artistic leaders.

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.

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Associate Director 


Zippora Karz
Former soloist New York City Ballet, Repetiteur for
Balanchine Trust

Kelly Ann Sloane
Ballet Chair TZDI

Other Faculty 

Charlie Hodges, Contemporary   Kate Hutter, Contemporary   Melinda Sullivan, Untapped   Jillian Meyers, Street 

Galen Hooks, Street

Debbie Devine, Drama   Kathy Sawada, Music   Carmina Glicklick, Music   Michael Roberts, Music   

Eva Nemeth, Strength

Master Teachers

In addition to our regular faculty, prominent Master Teachers from around the world will be providing world-class instruction and lectures. 

Benjamin Millepied
Artistic Advisor
Founding Director of L.A. Dance Project
Incoming Artistic Director Paris Opera Ballet

Wendy Whelan
Former Principal Dancer New York City Ballet

Janie Taylor
Former Principal Dancer New York City Ballet

Lana Jones
Principal Artist, Australian Ballet

Jared Angle
Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

Justin Peck
Soloist and Resident Choreographer, New York City Ballet

Philip Neal
Former Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

Darla Hoover
Dancer New York City Ballet, Master Teacher and Teacher Trainer