The ECA Dance Department offers high school students rigorous, comprehensive dance training from the three perspectives of creator, performer, and critical observer. In a diverse learning environment, students gain a strong foundation in classical and contemporary dance techniques.

Our particular concentration on choreography encourages students to develop an individual artistic voice. Practicing professional artists make up the permanent faculty and visiting guest artists provide further enrichment to students in contemporary, historical and world dance forms. 

To apply for Admission to the Dance Department, please visit the Application Process Page and click the button below to find the requirements for your Dance Review.

ECA Dance Review


View highlights of Anikaya on the following link: 



ECA 2017 Guest Artist Series – 3rd Quarter

Tiffany Rea-Fisher ~ Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance (modern)

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Marjani Forté ~ Urban Bush Women (modern)

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Jessica St. Vil ~ KaNu Dance Theater (Haitian)

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Please enjoy the following video clip of our recent master class with Jessica St. Vil


Joyce Theater Education Program

  • January and February 2017: Master Classes with teaching artist Susan Thomasson
  • February 16 – Field Trip to NYC:
  • Performance of The Martha Graham Dance Company @ the Joyce Theater AND
  • Master Class in Swing Dance with Adrienne Weidert & Rafal Pustelny @ DanceManhattan


ontus Lidberg’s Woodland

APRIL 25-28, 2017, The ECA Dance Department is proud to host week long residency and performance:

ANIKAYA Dance Theater’s Entangling”
Friday, April 28 @ 7:30
The Arts Hall at ECA
55 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Tickets: $20, students, $10
Reservations: 203-777-5451, ext. 14202
“Riveting…Jehlen and Coulibaly fluidly connected and disconnected through lifts, turns, and tumbles with eloquent articulation and a softly luxurious sense of weight.”

ANIKAYA Dance Theater
Choreographers Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly
Photo: Steve Wolkind

ANIKAYA Dance Theater - Entangling, is a collaboration between US-based choreographer Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly, a contemporary choreographer and dancer from Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Inspired by the phenomenon of Quantam Entanglement, in which two atoms become linked to each other, Entangling explores how we are inextricably and consequentially connected to each other.

“As we travel we find ourselves entangled in a metaphorical sense, and what we experience as a physical sense, with people around the world. We feel the tugging of these invisible, impossible connections at all times. This work is a visual embodiment of that feeling. It is also an expression of what is our underlying reality – that we are all inextricably and consequentially connected to each other.”

The week of April 24, 2017 ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) will host ANIKAYA Dance Theater’s Wendy Jehlen and Lacina Coulibaly for a one-week residency, during which they will conduct choreography workshops with our students. The residency will close with a performance of ANIKAYA Dance Theater’s evening work, ‘Entangling’, Friday, April 28 at 7:30 pm. In master classes, ECA dance students will be joined by students from special needs vocational high, ACES Whitney North High School and ACES Wintergreen Middle School.  The artists will lead students in the creation and performance of site-responsive choreographies, particularly focusing on listening strategies and the development and adherence to improvisational movement scores.

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Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

For more information about ANIKAYA Dance Theater please visit their website


GUEST ARTIST RACHNA AGRAWAL ~ Master classes in Indian Dance


ECA Alumni Amanda Castro is Company Member

of Urban Bush Women

Amanda Castro is a New Haven native, is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts where she studied under Glen Eddy of Nederlands Dans Theatre and Andre Tyson from Ailey Company. As a mutli-disciplined dancer rooted in rhythm and soul in tap; Amanda is also a choreographer, judge, and teacher nationally and internationally including performances in London, Germany, and South Africa. She choreographed the 2014 National Teen Opening Number for the American Dance Awards in Boston, and recently set choreography in Canada.

ECA Dance Department Alumni Shayla Caldwell is

company member of Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence

Dance Company