Kanopy Dance

Kanopy Dance is comprised of Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy Dance Academy, and Kanopy Studio.

Kanopy Dance Academy celebrates our dancers with a respected curriculum of modern dance, creative movement, choreography, and ballet. In the Summer Programs we add Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, Yoga, Pilates, World Dance forms such as Flamenco, Capoeira, African dance, and more. 
For students aged 3 to 70+, The Academy offers classes from September to May, and several weeklong Dance Camps, Dance Intensive, and Guest Artist Master Workshops in the summer. The Academy’s annual all school performance gives students opportunity to dance for friends, family and the public.

Students desiring to become professionals in the field are trained and guided. Adults and youth who study at Kanopy as an avocation improve their health, develop their talent and creativity and mature as future audience members. Students are encouraged and guided to expand their own inventiveness and technical excellence through Technique and Choreography training. Adult Ensemble is a mixed level group who develop their choreographic and performance skills.
Kanopy Dance Company II, our pre professional troupe, trains intensively and performs with one another and also on the same stage with the professional Kanopy Dance Company and world-renowned dancers. Imagine the seeding of dreams, the inspiration that these professional dancers offer.
We’ve chosen faculty, too, that come from respected dance companies around the U.S. The extensive professional experience and dedication of the Academy faculty inspires young dancers to excel and thrive.
Our graduates have earned scholarships to acclaimed programs across the nation. If dancing is your dream, please contact us. Let the world know.
Questions? www.kanopydance.org, info@kanopydance.org
Kanopy Dance Company's expressionistic and emotionally charged works combine the dramatic physicality of modern dance, contemporary ballet and dance-theater. The Company presents new original dance and historical dance masterworks; features works by its artistic directors as well as local, regional, national and international choreographers, all linked by the desire to create dance that is thought provoking, elegant, bold, humorous, romantic, and compelling.

Founded in 1976, Kanopy has been under the artistic direction of Robert E. Cleary and Lisa Thurrell since 1995. Both are dancers, choreographers, master teachers and directors. Kanopy Dance Company has a regional presence and a growing national awareness. Winning awards and grants annually, Cleary and Thurrell create and commission new works for Kanopy Dance. They have attracted national and international dancers and choreographers to create premiers, perform and re-stage dances and physical- dance theater works for Kanopy Dance.

Kanopy Dance Company is a resident company of Overture Center for the Arts. Kanopy’s annual season includes performances in its home theater at Overture, touring, outreach, and collaborative projects.