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.

The Academy offers classes from September to May, week-long Dance Camps, summer Dance Intensives, Guest Artist Intensive Workshops, and master classes throughout the year.

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.

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See Example –  SUMMER 2019

DANCE CAMP: for Beginning and Intermediate Dancers, ages 8–15 who want to dance,learn, create and grow in an accelerated environment. Mon–Fri, one-two weeks.

DANCE INTENSIVE  WITH GUEST ARTIST MASTER TEACHERS : for Intermediate and Advanced Dancers ages 11–adult who want to train intensively. Mon–Fri, one–four weeks.

Changing year to year, week long workshops take students on an in depth journey. Master teachers from around the globe come in 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.

7-WEEK SUMMER SESSION: for Dancers ages 3–adult who are looking for weekly classes in modern, choreography, and ballet — all levels.

ADULT  STUDENTS may register for Dance Intensive and/or Weekly Session OR may drop in to classes during Dance Intensive, Camp or Weekly Session Programs using their 10-class card.


General Information

-Registration opens in MID/Late March.

-Dance Camp, Dance Intensive with Guest Artists: a non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to reserve a place, tuition balance due June 1. Registration is open until full. Registration is ongoing throughout the summer depending on availability.

-7-Week Summer Session: A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve a place, tuition balance due June 1. Registration is open until full. May register throughout the summer depending on availability.

-Note: Special rates apply only when registering for all your chosen weeks at the same time. Add on weeks are single week price.

-If you need to drop off your child earlier than 15 minutes prior to start or 15 minutes after end time, please contact us to arrange. Contact us.

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Questions: [email protected] or 608.255.2211