Experience the Joy of Dance at Kanopy’s Dance Academy

Official School of Kanopy Dance Company        For students 3-80+        Just Dance!


November 9, 2020-January 31, 2021


GUEST ARTISTS & FACULTY Second Quarter 2020  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to keep everyone safe, Kanopy Dance’s Second Quarter will be LIVE via ZOOM. We will move to Hybrid virtual / in person when we are able. All proper safety precautions will be met. Even during hybrid, students may continue to choose 100% virtual learning.

It is our hope to keep this schedule consistent throughout the year, for our 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters,  but will be adjusted if schools make major changes to learning schedules.

Join us dancing with world acclaimed guest artists from around the country – along-side Kanopy’s Artistic Directors and Faculty. Deepen your dance technique and artistry. Engage in creative activities. Learn, and learn about, these modern dance techniques, their different foundations toward the physical art of movement, their beginnings, and how artists create and find inspiration.

Whether you are a creative beginner, on a professional track, looking for a body-strengthening workout or wanting to experience the pure joy of dance, Kanopy has a dance class just for you. 

Special highlights:

A Holiday Zoom Performance for Family & Friends  Featuring Charles Weidman’s Joyful “Christmas Oratorio”
Students enrolled in the “Weidman Repertory Christmas Oratorio” class session will present a holiday performance of Weidman’s joyful choreography—danced to Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”— live via ZOOM for family and friends on Saturday, December 19 at 3:15PM.
Charles Weidman was a modern dance pioneer who famously collaborated with the legendary Doris Humphrey, developing the Weidman/Humphrey modern dance technique, She was his first teacher at the Denishawn School in Los Angeles, founded by Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis, forerunners of the American modern-dance (where Martha Graham also danced). Weidman and Humphrey helped shape a legion of extraordinary dancers including Jose Limon, Gene Kelly, Sybil Shearer, Eleanor King, Bob Fosse and Alvin Ailey. (Weidman also choreographed the searing “Lynchtown”, an attack on bigotry and hatred that Kanopy performed at the Overture Center in 2015). Weidman’s “Christmas Oratorio”, danced to recorded excerpts from Johann Sebastian Bach’s magnificent choral masterpiece, was first performed in 1961 as a celebration of hope and joy.

Also, Kanopy2 and Kanopy Company dancers will be rehearsing Anna Sokolow’s signature work “Rooms”, a powerful dance about loneliness. As part of that project, Kanopy, and those from select companies and colleges nationally, will collaborate through the fall with the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble NYC creating virtual performances, shared rehearsals and coaching, ultimately for a film production. In addition, dancers will rehearse and film an adaption of the “Ciaccona” from Kanopy’s co artistic director Lisa Thurrell’s “Partita & Chorales”. Kanopy’s directors Robert E Cleary and Lisa Thurrell will collaborate with videographer Mats Rudels in creating this work for film.

Be a part of Kanopy 2 : Kanopy 2 is our pre-professional performance and training program for ages 14-26. Dancers train in an intense vocabulary of classic modern forms and study with national luminaries shaping the future of modern contemporary dance. Kanopy 2 performs and presents original choreography in our season at the Overture Center. Numerous Kanopy 2 alumni have forged professional dance careers or earned success in other careers of their choosing. Online audition submissions accepted. 

Questions: [email protected] or  call 608.255.2211