Experience the Joy of Dance at Kanopy’s Dance Academy (KDA)

For students ages 5-adult, Beginner to Pre-Professional Tracks

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Each summer, Kanopy Dance Academy, (KDA) offers Summer Intensives, an immersive dance experience based on Martha Graham technique and the fundamental components of modern dance. The Summer Intensives also feature techniques by José Limón, Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Lester Horton, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow and other leading and under- represented by iconic shapers of modern and contemporary dance. KDA’s outstanding faculty team is drawn from some of the best and diverse talent in the country.

The Curriculum includes modern dance techniques, choreography & improvisation, as well as ballet, pre-pointe and pointe, stretch & strength, new contemporary repertory, nutrition, injury prevention, journaling, mentoring, modern dance history and Black American modern dance history. For intermediate and advanced students, select week-long master workshops supplement the intensives—a rare, in-depth training opportunity to learn excerpts from masterworks by nationally recognized guest artists. Informal showings of student work are staged at the end of the session.

KDA is also offering weekly classes for children and adults in Creative/Modern, Ballet & Graham Modern.

KDA students, who continue to study in our fall and spring semesters, also have special opportunities to perform at the Overture Center for the Arts in our annual productions of The Next Generation of Dance and Kanopy’s signature holiday production, Winter Fantasia: Reimagined, in addition to select outreach community programming.

Classes are held at the Kanopy Center for Modern and Contemporary Dance, 329 W Mifflin St, Madison, WI, 53703, next to Madison Opera Center and across from Overture Parking Ramp. Parking and drop-off on street and parking in the Madison Opera Lot, or Overture Parking Ramp.

Dance Intensives are offered for Beginning (age 8-12), Intermediate (age 10-adult) and Advanced (13-adult) 1-4 weeks, classes are Monday-Friday from 9:30-4pm. 

Daily classes in Modern techniques, creating choreography, improvisation, repertory, ballet, stretch/strength, contemporary, injury prevention, journaling, modern dance history and Black American dance history and more. There will be an informal showing at the end of the session.

Weekly classes are offered in Creative Modern/Ballet for ages 5-8. These young dancers learn fundamental dance skills, play dance games, enjoy creative exploration, learn to work together, and create their very own dances.

Weekly classes for adults are offered in Modern and Ballet. 

Students may be new to dance, returning to dance, or continuing at a weekly pace. All are welcome to experience the joy of dance at KDA. Learning in a supportive environment, dancers develop their technique, creativity, musicality, artistry and gain strength and health benefits.

Week-long Guest Artist Master Workshops may be offered in the summer.

Summer 2023: 

Graham Technique and Contemporary Repertory Workshop with Tadej Brdnik, Former Principal Dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company. This workshop is for Intermediate and Advanced dancers aged 13-adult.

Sokolow Technique and Composition with Samantha Geracht, Artistic Director of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, NYC during Week #3 of our Intermediate and Advanced Intensives.

Kanopy’ summer programs are taught by Kanopy’s outstanding faculty team in addition to acclaimed guest artists in residence. Click here to learn more about Kanopy’s Faculty.

Beginner/Advanced Beginner Intensive (age 8-12)
Intermediate Intensive (age 10-adult)
Advanced/Pre-Professional Intensive (age 13-adult).
Guest Artist Workshop Intermediate/Advanced (ages 13-adult)

Kanopy Academy Students enroll in their current level: 

Levels 3, 4: Beginner/Advanced Beginner Intensive (age 8-12) 
Levels 5: Intermediate Intensive (age 10-adult) 
Level 6, Kanopy2: Advanced, Pre-Professional Intensive (age 13-adult) 

Contact us for questions about placement at info@kanopydance.org

Placement adjustments may be made the first day for Intermediate and Advanced Intensive Students.

Registration and Tuition Payment are required to secure a place in the Intensives and Classes. In-Person space is limited to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty, and is on a first come, first serve basis. Enrollment is ongoing through the summer subject to availability. Summer Intensives  have a payment plan option you may choose during registration process. No refunds.

Summer Dance Intensives 2023

Beginner/Advanced-Beginner Intensive, July 17-28, 2023, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-3:30pm, ages 8-12

Intermediate Intensive, July 17-Aug 11, 2023, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-4:00pm, ages 10-adult, 1-4 weeks.

Advanced Intensive, July 17-Aug 11, 2023, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-4:00pm, ages 13-adult, 1-4 weeks.

Guest Artist Master Workshops 2023

Graham Technique and Contemporary Repertory Workshop with Tadej Brdnik, former Principal Dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company. For intermediate and advanced dancers ages 13-adult, July 3-9, Mon-Fri 9:30-12:00pm.

Students will participate in an informal/workshop/showing with Kanopy’s Professional Company on Sunday, July 9 at 3:15PM at our studios, featuring a premiere choreographed by Mr. Brdnik that Kanopy has commissioned for our 2023/24 mainstage season at the Overture Center.

Sokolow Technique and Composition Immersion with Samantha Geracht, Artistic Director of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, NYC during Week #3 of our Intermediate and Advanced Intensives.

Weekly Classes 2023

Classes for young dancers ages 5-8 in Creative Modern/Ballet, July 17-Aug 12, 2023, late afternoons/early evening.

Classes for Adult Beginning/Continuing dancers in Modern and Ballet, July 17-Aug 12, 2023, early evenings, and Saturday mornings.

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.