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: summer audition, permission or online submission.

The Academy offers classes from September to May for all ages and levels. Dance Camps, Dance Intensives, during summertime, and master classes 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.

Registration & Tuition

Go to the Summer Programs or School Year web pages and choose your level and number of classes you wish to take. Find the appropriate Register Now button and click it. Fill out the form and press the Submit button. Pay immediately with PayPal, set up auto payments, or mail a check to Kanopy. Tuition is not refundable.

School Year  Summer Programs  Guest Artist Faculty   Kanopy Company 2

Class Offerings:

  • Kanopy Company 2: Pre-Professional company training program ages 14-26. By audition or permission.
  • Level 6: Ages 14+/Adult: Advanced: various modern techniques, ballet, choreography and improvisation.
  • Level 5: Ages 12+/Adult: Adv/Int: various modern techniques, ballet, choreography and improvisation.
  • Level 4: Ages 10+ Int:  various modern techniques, ballet, choreography and improvisation.
  • Level 3: Ages 8+ Beg/Int:  various modern techniques, ballet, choreography and improvisation.
  • Level 2: Ages 6-8: Beginning creative modern and ballet.
  • Level 1: Ages 3-5: Beginning creative modern.
  • Adult Beginning: various modern techniques and ballet.
  • Kanopy Company Classes: Open to Adult students and Kanopy2 students.
  • Dance Discovery/History and Creative Learning: All ages and levels.

Weather Closings and Emergencies

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 and health officials for emergency protocols for stay at home orders and health and safety.


Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc is not responsible for injury or illness occurring on or near premises, or at home 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