Experience the Joy of Dance at Kanopy’s Dance Academy

Official School of Kanopy Dance Company       

REGISTRATION  IS OPEN for 2022-23 School Year

Click Here for Registration & Schedule 2022-23 School Year & Fall Classes



LEARN FROM world acclaimed guest artists from around the country – along-side Kanopy’s Artistic Directors and Faculty. Deepen your dance technique and artistry. Learn how to create your own dances- expressing your own creative voice. Learn, and learn about, different modern dance techniques, their foundations toward the physical art of movement, their beginnings, and how artists through time create and find inspiration. Train in ballet, learn repertory from modern and ballet masterworks. Dive into the beautiful and intricate Bharatanatyam, a prominent form of Indian Classical Dance – learning complex rhythms and technique. Curriculum: Modern (Graham is focus, with Humphrey, Hawkins, Sokolow, Horton, Limon) Techniques, Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Variations, Contemporary, Repertory, Choreography & Improvisation; and Bharatanatyam (Classical Indian Dance).


PLACEMENT: Kanopy Academy Students enroll in their current level as follows: Beginning = Level 1-2 (ages 5-8) Beginning/Beginning-Intermediate = Level 3 (ages 8-12); Beginning-Intermediate/Intermediate = Level 4 (ages 10-16); Advanced-Intermediate = Level 5 (ages 12-adult); Advanced= Level 6 (ages 13-adult); Kanopy2 pre pro trainee program (ages 14+-adult). Placement level is determined by the directors. New students to Kanopy, contact us at [email protected] Placement adjustments may be made the first week of classes.

Want to be a part of Kanopy 2? For ages 14-adult, Advanced Pre-Professional trainee & performance program, please contact us at [email protected] Also see Kanopy 2 page for more information.

Adult Students may attend at their appropriate level. See Schedule. Please inquire at [email protected]

Class times are listed online in Central Standard Time.


TUITION: Registration and Tuition Payment are required to secure a place in Classes and is due on or before September 1, 2022. 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 year and is subject to availability. School Year enrollment has a payment plan option you may choose during registration process. Students who are unable to register for the entire school year may register per quarter at a higher tuition rate. No refunds.


IN-PERSON: We welcome students in-person safely with limited class sizes, following state and county health and safety guidelines. Do not attend class if you are feeling ill, have fever, or other flu/covid symptoms. Make up class by attending an additional class once healthy. (If required, we will be able to pivot to virtual learning with our new hi-tech system.)

We are located at 329 West Mifflin St., next to Madison Opera Center and across from Overture Parking Ramp. Parking drop-off on street, Madison Opera Lot, or Overture Parking Ramp.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Water bottle, snacks/lunch (if enrolled in multiple classes in a row). Dance attire required. Only fitted warmups allowed. Barefoot for modern, contemporary, repertory, choreography, Bharatanatyam classes; ballet slippers for ballet; hair secured off face; no large jewelry (for safety reasons). You will need a Journal to write in. No cell phone usage in studio or dressing rooms except for creative projects, or if given permission by directors or faculty.



School Year Sept 6, 2022-May 21, 2023
Quarter 1: Sept 6-Oct 30
Quarter 2: Oct 31-Jan 22
Quarter 3: Jan 23-Mar 19
Quarter 4: Mar 20-May 21


NO CLASSES (Holidays & Performances):

Oct 17-23 Kanopy Redux: No Limits (performance week rehearsals for KDC, K2)
Nov 21-27 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 5-11: Winter Fantasia (performance week rehearsals for Academy participants, KDC, K2)
Dec 24-Jan 13: Winter Break
Mar 6-12: Kanopy Dance Company Show (performance week rehearsals for KDC, K2)
Mar 19: Kanopy Dance Company show
Mar 27-Apr 2: Spring Break (rehearsals for KDC)
Apr 24-30: Kanopy Dance Company Show (performance week rehearsals for KDC, K2)
May 19-20: Kanopy 2 & Academy Showcase (dress rehearsal & performances for Academy, K2)



“Winter Fantasia”: academy students who are enrolled for the entire school year, who are at least 9 years of age, and in levels 3-6 may be invited to participate in this Kanopy Dance Company and Kanopy 2 show. Saturday & Sunday rehearsals through the fall will be required as well as weeknights of show week. Performances are Dec. 8-11, 2022, Overture Center for the Arts, Promenade Hall. Tickets: overture.org

“Kanopy 2 & Academy Showcase” (featuring select dances of the student’s own choreography all levels), and Kanopy 2. Saturday May 20, 2023, show times 2 and 5pm, Overture Center for the Arts, Promenade Hall. Tickets overture.org

Kanopy 2 dancers may be invited to understudy, second cast or cast in Kanopy Dance Company performances throughout the season.




  • Kanopy 2: Pre-Professional company training program. Modern techniques, contemporary, repertory, ballet, pointe, choreography, improvisation, Bharatanatyam, rehearsals. Ages 14-26. By audition or invite.
  • Level 6: Advanced: modern techniques, contemporary, repertory, ballet, pointe, choreography, improvisation, Bharatanatyam. Age 13-adult.
  • Level 5:  Advanced-Intermediate: modern techniques, contemporary, repertory, ballet, prepointe, pointe, choreography, improvisation, Bharatanatyam. Age 12-adult
  • Level 4: Beginning-Intermediate/Intermediate: modern techniques, contemporary, repertory, ballet, prepointe, choreography, improvisation, Bharatanatyam. Age 10-16.
  • Level 3: Beginning/Advanced-Beginning:modern techniques, ballet, choreography and improvisation, Bharatanatyam . Ages 8-12.
  • Level 1-2: Beginning creative modern and ballet. Ages 5-8.
  • Adult Beginning/Continuing: modern techniques and open ballet.
  • Kanopy Company Classes: Open to Adult students and Kanopy2 students.

Graham Modern Dance (Levels 3,4,5, 6 and Kanopy2, adults): Movement stemming from the breath including contraction, release, spiral, shift of weight. A vocabulary of movement that would “increase the emotional activity of the dancer’s body”; and create foundation for the highest technical and expressive artistry. 

Cunningham Modern Dance (levels  4,5, 6, K2, adults): The technique emphasizes clarity of form, coordination of torso and legwork, rhythmic accuracy, spatial     awareness and virtuosity.

Humphrey Modern Dance (Levels, 4,5,6, Kanopy2, adults): “Fall and Recovery”. Movement exists in the range between motionless balance and falling Imbalance incapable of recovery. Suspension and fluidity.

Limon Modern Dance (Levels 4,5,6,K2, adults): Emphasizes the natural rhythms of “fall and recovery”, a conscious use of breath, and the interplay between weight and weightlessness.

Sokolow Modern Dance (Levels 4, 5,6, K2, adult): To free the dancer/actor from their self-consciousness and cliché. To find honesty and humanity in the dance.

Horton Modern Dance (Levels 4,5,6,K2, adult,): “Fortifications, Projections, Locomotions, Improvisations, Preludes, and Rhythms” to train the body to dance. 

Hawkins Modern Dance (Levels 6, Kanopy 2, adults): “Normative Theory of Movement”. The body movement is free, simple, and natural–unforced. Strong core with limbs as ‘tassels.’

Contemporary (Levels 4, 5,6,K2 adults): Using energy, emotions, thought, and time to develop authentic movement.

Bharatanatyam (Levels 3,4,5,6, K2, adults): Bharatanatyam is a prominent form of Indian Classical Dance. Students learn complex rhythms and technique. 

Ballet (Levels 3,4,5,6, Kanopy2, adults): Classical Ballet. Focus on alignment, core fundamentals of training.

Pointe and Pre/Pointe (Levels 4,5,6, K2): Pre-pointe classes are offered to ballet students who are not yet on pointe to further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to go en pointe. Pointe class is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work, in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. Pointe work is performed while wearing pointe shoes.

Choreography/Improvisation(Levels  3,4,5,6, Kanopy2): Learn and deepen the tools of the craft to create your own dances. Explore new ways of dance and the art of movement. Observe, Investigate, explore, invent. We will give feedback to each other in class increasing connection and flow of ideas. We will learn about costumes and music choices and their impact on what the audience ‘sees’, methods to create costumes, music choices, video projects, dance history  to facilitate and generate ideas and learning.

Creative Modern /Ballet (Levels 1,2): Joy of Dance for the young dancer- beginning dance skills, dance games, exploration, and creation of students very own dances. Fundamental dance skills in Modern and Ballet.