Dance Academy

As a Dance Academy student, you’re part of a rigorous program, led by Dean Jenifer Ringer, that develops a select group of talented young dancers between the ages of 14 and 19 into stunning professional dancers and artistic leaders.

Leah Upchurch
We're all really supportive of each other. We try to build off one another's strengths and weaknesses. And it's really cool to be taught and mentored by dancers I've always admired. Leah Upchurch, Dance Academy student

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Such notable names as Dance Academy Artistic Advisor Benjamin Millepied and New York City Ballet Principal dancer Teresa Reichlen lead Dance Academy master classes. Graduates of the Dance Academy have entered training programs at companies such as the San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet and gone on to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Meet Our Faculty

Janie Taylor
Ballet Instructor

Janie Taylor, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer, is currently a dancer and rehearsal director for L.A. Dance Project.

Mari Izumi
Piano Instructor, Early Childhood Faculty

Ms. Izumi is a former piano faculty member of Seika Women’s Junior College in Japan, the Preparatory Division at Kunitachi College of Music (piano and Dalcroze Eurhythmics) in Tokyo, and The Dalcroze School in Japan.

Michael Roberts
Music Coordinator

Michael has appeared on numerous TV shows and the movie Six Weeks with Mary Tyler Moore. Michael has also played for Juliet Prowse, who endorsed his original dance record albums.

Timothy Lynch
Ballet Instructor

Tim Lynch is the co-founder of Lynch Dance Institute in San Diego and a former Pacific Northwest Ballet member.

Upcoming Events


March 21, 2020
6:00 pm


March 22, 2020
12:00 pm

Tap Fest

March 28, 2020
7:00 pm