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Teachers at the Old Town School

Ethan Kirschbaum

Adult and Youth Dance: Modern, Jazz, Tap, Ballet

Ethan Kirschbaum is originally from Oakland, CA, and began his dance career as an apprentice with the Savage Jazz Dance Company while still in high school. Traveling to New York City to attend the Ailey School/Fordham University B.F.A. program, Ethan graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in dance performance. While in his junior year, he joined Hubbard Street 2, dancing and teaching workshops around the globe while concurrently completing his degree. He has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, and danced internationally including Canada, Mexico, Holland, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Luxembourg, France, and Russia. In 2011 Ethan moved to Saarbrücken, Germany to dance with Donlon Dance Company at the Saarländisches Staatstheater under the direction of Marguerite Donlon. Until its abrupt closure, he was on faculty at the Lou Conte Dance Studio since 2012 and was recently named the Scholarship Mentor, delegating scholarships to promising pre-professional and early career artists. After completing five seasons with River North Dance Chicago, Ethan is certified by the Ailey School to teach all levels of the Horton Technique and is a freelance artist performing at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, choreographing locally, and teaching nationally as a guest to dance studios and university programs alike. Ethan is proud to be the founder of Chicago Movement Collective and director of the Claire Bataille Legacy Program, continuing to provide a home for talented and passionate pre-professional dancers.

Started at the Old Town School in November of 2021