Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora St,
Seattle, WA 98121
At Cornish, you'll learn from the best teachers and the best dancers. That’s because they’re one and the same— our faculty are professionals in both arenas. They bring their immediate knowledge and accumulated experience from the stage directly to you in the classroom.
The dance program is close knit by its very nature. You’ll be spending 20 hours per week in daily technique classes with your peers as well as collaborating on creative projects, performances, and academics. You’ll choose from electives in pointe, partnering, men’s technique, hip-hop, jazz, martial arts, and an array of other dance genres.
Your dance learning is not just confined to the studio. We’ll introduce you to new disciplines, like dance intermedia and filmmaking, taught by the award-winning choreographer, Corrie Befort. Because we take pride in healthy dancers, we’ll train you in dance wellness. And you’ll learn the business of dance, so you’re as confident in the back office as you are in the spotlight.
Cornish's 100-year-old Dance Department has long been associated with groundbreaking dancers and choreographers like Merce Cunningham, Ann Reinking, and Twyla Tharp. Today, Seattle has one of the most active and innovative dance scenes in the country—in part because Cornish Dance alumni stay and create exciting new opportunities.
Choreographer Kate Wallich—one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch” in 2015—founded the acclaimed company, the YC. Matt Drews, whose work incorporates elements of yoga, cofounded Pendleton House, a collective that has collaborated with dancers, musicians, sculptors, and multimedia artists. Award-winning alumna Amy O’Neal has performed, choreographed, and taught across the globe and still calls Seattle home.
Join us. The steps you take here will carry you over a lifetime.