Colburn Dance Institute
Posted 15 May 2008 - 09:04 PM
Their pre-professional ballet program is part of their overall dance school, the Colburn Dance Institute and is overseen by co-directors Leslie Carothers-Aromaa (former Joffrey principal dancer) and Glenn Edgerton (former AD of Netherlands Dans Theatre and current assoc. AD of Hubbard Street Dance company).
They have three beautiful studios in two locations, one at the Colburn School itself and two down the street at the Japan Cultural Center (next to their "resident" theatre, Japan America Theatre, which is a really nice theatre).
My dd absolutely *loved* taking warm-up classes taught by Leslie and Glenn before the performances. They also have other good teachers including Gilma Bustillo (who also teaches at my dd's school; BTW she's the sister of Zelma Bustillo, Joffery Ballet School's director; the ballet world is indeed small). We also noticed the warm & supportive environment -- dd and the other dancers in the company were warmly welcomed by the parents and the Colburn dancers. I also noticed a warm "vibe" from all of the staff, esp. Leslia & Glenn.
One big benefit is the school's access to really great choreography for their students. Just for this one spring performance, they got approval from the Balanchine Trust to stage and perform an excerpt from Balanchine's Jewels ballet (Diamonds) and a piece by Jirí Kylián, as well as a jazz piece originally choreographed for Netherlands Dans Theatre II. Knowing that Mr. Edgerton is very familiar with Netherlands Dans Theatre's repertory, as well as Hubbard St, Joffery among others, I imagine this program's selections were not unusual.
Another more subtle distinction that will serve this school well, esp. in future growth, is that they are part of the Colburn School, which is currently more famouos for their top-notch music conservatory program (they are becoming known as the "Julliard of the west"). The Colburn School has a sizable endowment, and I would imagine that the Colburn Dance Institute is benefiting from this, including access to the school's administrative, community development & fundraising staff that's already in place.
I also noticed that a new train station in LA's Little Tokyo area for LA's mass transit's Gold line is being completed, which should make the school more accessible (i.e. easy commute) from outside areas in LA.
Right now the pre-professional division is fairly new and is small (less than 20?). But I also have been told that they limit the no. of students accepted from their auditions. But, definitely this is a program to keep your eye on.
Their website is at http://www.colburnsc...edu/sec2/2.html.
Posted 21 June 2008 - 02:27 PM
Colburn Dance Institute gets $9-million donation
An anonymous donor has given the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles $9 million to support its Dance Institute.
The donation is the largest single gift to the school after Richard Colburn’s founding endowment of $20 million and will be added to the Dance Institute’s $1-million endowment, bringing the total to $10 million.
“The gift is very important because it allows us to expand our dance curriculum and provide more possibilities for performances, which are really crucial in the educational process here at the school,” said Colburn School President Miguel Angel Corzo.
More at http://articles.lati...nt/et-colburn21
Posted 28 March 2015 - 11:23 PM
Does anyone have updated information on The Colburn School? I know they had Jennifer Ringer revamp their Dance Academy in 2014. I read they started with 12 students. Any feedback?
Posted 11 February 2016 - 12:07 PM
Does anyone have any information about this program? I am considering auditioning and would love any insight!
I don't want people that want to dance, I want people that have to dance.
Posted 11 February 2016 - 12:30 PM
I think there is another thread as I asked a similar question a year or two ago, when the program was brand new.
Either way, make sure you look at their Facebook page to get an idea of what sorts of experiences the students get.
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Posted 17 August 2016 - 11:05 PM
We live about 60 miles away so she will take the train in everyday. When my dd was little she took violin at Colburn. It is a really amazing facility.
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Posted 13 November 2016 - 04:25 PM
Noodles - I would add that my dd is also enjoying her experience at Colburn. She feels very challenged and loves being with other dancers who share her desire to become a professional dancer. There are 8 in the dorm and 4 who commute. My dd does not do an online school program but she lives with us and I can supervise her work.
Posted 13 November 2016 - 05:05 PM
Can either of you answer this...I read that they accept 12 students, will that be per year or only 12 in total?