Experience the Joy of Dance  at Kanopy’s Dance Academy

Official School of Kanopy Dance Company

For students 3-80+ Just Dance!

SEE last season 2019-2020 classes

Kanopy’s Dance Academy offers a comprehensive program of modern contemporary dance, creative process, choreography and ballet for dancers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Whether you are on a professional track, looking for a body strengthening workout, or simply exploring the pure joy of dance, Kanopy has a class just for you.

Kanopy offers students an exceptional dance experience based on the Martha Graham technique and the fundamental components of modern dance. Also part of the curriculum are techniques by Erick Hawkins, Lester Horton and other leading practitioners of modern and contemporary dance.

A hallmark of Kanopy’s program is the teaching of improvisation, choreography and creative process, giving creative voice to each individual to create their own dances that are their own expression and vision. Students learn to give constructive criticism, talk about their own dances and work together in groups to come to common ground in the creative process.

Modern  and Classical Repertory give the students the opportunity to move beyond the classroom to learn repertory from the great dances of our time. Pedagogy training begins to prepare the dancer for teaching.

Our professional faculty hails from acclaimed dance programs and companies from around the U.S. and abroad.

Children and adults who study at Kanopy gain a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline, confidence, life learning, and a chance to make friends. Our annual Kanopy Dance Academy Showcase at the Overture Center and Kanopy’s holiday production, Winter Fantasia, provide students a rare opportunity to perform on a professional stage.

Kanopy 2 is our second Company and pre-professional training program. These dancers are introduced to an intense vocabulary of classic modern forms and study with national luminaries shaping the future of modern contemporary dance. Each year Kanopy 2 performs and presents original choreography in our season ending mainstage show at the Overture Center. Numerous Kanopy 2 alumni have forged professional dance careers or earned success in other careers of their choosing. Auditions: online submission, permission, or summer audition.

The Academy offers classes from September to May for all ages and levels. Summer Dance Camps and  Dance Intensives, take students on an in depth journey. Master classes are offered throughout the year.

Acclaimed guest artists, from around the globe, join Kanopy’s artistic directors and faculty to teach and inspire. Train in American Masters such as Martha Graham, Humphrey/Weidman, Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, Lester Horton, Erik Hawkins techniques; European Physical Theater, Corporeal Mime, and more. These teachers, former principal dancers or directors from these major companies train you not only in the technique and skill, but the aesthetic and philosophy behind the dance style in focus.

School Year Programs (Sept-May)

Registration opens late summer. Tuition for the school year (Sept.-May) is due August 15. Tuition for Term 1 is due August 15. Tuition for Term 2 (Nov-Jan), Term 3(mid Jan-mid Mar),Term 4 (mid Mar-mid May) due on class start dates. No refunds.

Students enrolling for the school year may pay upfront in full, or set up payment plans as follows: you may set up 10 monthly automatic checks sent to us from your bank; have us charge your visa or master card monthly for 10 months through Paypal; or pre-date 10 checks to be deposited by us monthly. These options are due by August 15; we will deposit/charge you between the 1st and 15th of the month Sept-June.

New students midyear, you may pay only for the time left in the school year. Students unable to commit to the school year may enroll per Term. Adults may choose to register for the school year, per term, purchase a drop-in 10-class card, or take single drop in classes.  

Registration is open until full. Registration is ongoing throughout the  school year

Students attending  online virtual LIVE or recorded sessions, receive link to classes after tuition payment is received. This link stays the same week to week.

Virtual Learning LIVE or recorded classes: you will need access to a computer, phone or laptop, a space to work in (small or large), possibly a chair back or edge of counter, and a journal/pen. Wear your dance/workout clothes, hair secured off of face, no large jewelry (for safety), bare foot, ballet slippers or socks depending on your floor situation.

In studio attire: Leotard and footless/convertible tights or unitard for most classes. Fitted body warmers or leg warmers only. Ballet shoes as required. Hair secured off of face. No large jewelry. (For safety & instructional reasons).

Missed classes may be made up in a class of equal or lower level.  For virtual learning recorded classes may be accessed. (Same term/session) Levels 3-6 students are expected to enroll for the entire academic year.

School Closing due to Severe Weather or City/Nationwide Emergencies: Kanopy will close for Kanopy School Classes when the Madison Public Schools close, have early release, or close their after school or weekend programs. We also follow city, state and county authority emergency protocols and health officials for stay at home orders and safety protocols.

Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc is not responsible for injury or illness occurring on or near premises, or at home or elsewhere for online virtual learning. Parents and students need to be aware of the physical nature of dance instruction, some physical contact between teacher and student may be necessary to correct positions and avoid injury. Kanopy reserves the right to take photos or video (property of Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc) for instructional and promotional purposes. Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc does not discriminate in its activities, educational programs and employment practices as required by law. Due to copyright laws, unauthorized use of still or video cameras in the studio or at performances is prohibited.

Questions: [email protected] or  call 608.255.2211