At Idyllwild Arts day and boarding school, our Dance Department immerses you in a dancer’s life.


The Idyllwild Arts Dance Department strives to develop resilient dance artists who can be productive members of the professional dance community. Under the direction of Ellen Rosa-Taylor, the Idyllwild Arts Dance faculty nurtures students to refine their dance techniques as well as develop their own unique voice in the dance community.

Intense training and the passion for dance of our teachers will transform you into the best artist you can be. Trust us to help you gain the strength and coordination that dance requires.

We feature a multi-discipline dance program that offers cutting-edge modern and jazz. In addition, Idyllwild Arts is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. Idyllwild Arts Ballet Faculty who are ABT Affiliate Teachers are Ellen Rosa-Taylor and Jonathan Sharp. Both Ellen Rosa-Taylor and Jonathan Sharp have received the distinction of ABT NTC Fellow which means they have maintained their ABT Affiliate status and have presented three consecutive successful sessions of the ABT student exams.

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To develop your mind we have an excellent academic program, which includes an English as a Second Language Department that helps international students become fluent in the global language of dance—English.

All students receive personal attention in an environment geared toward success.

Martha Graham, the legendary modern director, choreographer, and dancer, said that “Dancers are great because of their passion.”

If dance is your passion, let Idyllwild Arts help you make it your life.

Martha Graham, the legendary choreographer and dancer, said that “Dancers are great because of their passion.” Our faculty’s passion for dance and the intense artistic and physical training they offer will transform you into the best artist you can be.

At Idyllwild Arts we immerse you in a life of passion for dance with our multi-discipline program that offers the American Ballet Theatre curriculum as well as cutting-edge instruction in modern and jazz dance. Every student receives close, personal attention in an environment geared toward success.

Competitions: Youth America Grand Prix, Spotlight, Standing on the Edge
Festivals: Pasadena Dance Festival, Tri-Arts Festival
Performing opportunities with Inland Pacific Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker
Two mainstage dance concerts each year, plus student choreography productions
American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Exam
Teaching opportunities with Idyllwild Arts Academy’s Children’s Dance Program

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Masterclass Guest Teachers
College Matriculation
Academy Courses
Anatomy and Kinesiology
Pointe Class
Men’s Class
Pas de Deux
Dance History
Jazz Dance
Modern Dance
Dance Composition
Tap Dance
Senior Seminar
Summer & Auxiliary Courses
Dance Intensive
(13-18; Summer)
Ballet Intensive
(13-18; Summer)
Junior Dance Intensive
(9-13; Summer)
Children’s Dance Program
(3-12; Auxiliary)

Children’s Dance Program

The Idyllwild Arts Children’s Dance Program was developed in 2015 by Idyllwild Arts Academy Dance Chair, Ellen Rosa-Taylor, with a two-fold mission:
1. To bring dance training to the children of the town of Idyllwild ages 3-13
2. To give hands on teacher training to the junior and senior dance majors of Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9:30-12:15 on the campus of Idyllwild Arts. Each year there is a culmination performance in the Lowman Concert Hall in which each child has the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.

For more information on this program please contact: Ellen Rosa-Taylor at [email protected]
To register for this program please contact: Sharon Barr at [email protected] or 951.659.2171 x2367


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