In our efforts to continue engaging with all of our Summer dancers through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kanopy Dance is offering our Summer Intensive & classes LIVE via ZOOM. And, to make sure we reach everyone, we will also have recorded classes.

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 through time create and find inspiration. Students will have the opportunity to video their creative work at the end of the session.

Online LIVE zoom Summer Intensive and Classes: June 15-August 7, 2020

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See Example –  SUMMER 2019


Experience the Joy of Dance  at Kanopy’s Dance Academy

Official School of Kanopy Dance Company

For students 3-80+ Just Dance!

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.

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.

Changing year to year, single or multiple week Dance Intensive and  Dance Camp take students on an in depth journey. 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. In addition, during the summer weekly classes for ages 3-adult are offered.

General Information

Summer registration opens mid March, and is on a first come first serve basis. Tuition payment holds place in class. Contact us for payment plans. Summer registration is ongoing throughout the summer unless classes are full. No refunds.

If you are attending a online virtual LIVE or recorded session, after tuition payment is received, you receive link to classes.

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).

Do you need a place to stay? Go to: or Air B&B.

Emergency and Academy Closings

Kanopy will close its Kanopy academy classes when the Madison Public Schools close, have early release, or close their after school or weekend programs. Kanopy also follows city, state and county authority emergency protocols for stay at home orders, etc.


Kanopy Dance Theatre Inc is not responsible for injury 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