Top Performing arts programs and classes for 2024/2025

After-school programs and classes for kids and teens in the performing arts

Find performing arts programs for kids and teens listed below. These programs teach and develop a wide range of performance skills. Under the list, learn more about the benefits for kids and find questions to ask teachers and program providers.  Read more

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    Programs focusing on Performing Arts (multi) (23 results)

    These programs focus intensively on the performing arts, taking place in a performing arts venue and/or taught by professionals. Click on listings below to learn more.

    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (10)
    • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoEtobicoke, North-YorkEtobicokeNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOntario

    Since 1994 ! GBTC's experienced staff will introduce your kids to stage performance and guide them toward self-expression. Visit website

    Great Big Theatre Company2809-142024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (10)
    • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoEtobicoke, North-YorkEtobicokeNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOntario

    Since 1994 ! GBTC's experienced staff will introduce your kids to stage performance and guide them toward self-expression. Visit website

    Great Big Theatre Company2809-142024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (10)
    • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
    TorontoEtobicoke, North-YorkEtobicokeNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOntario

    Since 1994 ! GBTC's experienced staff will introduce your kids to stage performance and guide them toward self-expression. Visit website

    Great Big Theatre Company1856-82024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (10)
    • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
    TorontoEtobicoke, North-YorkEtobicokeNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOntario

    Since 1994 ! GBTC's experienced staff will introduce your kids to stage performance and guide them toward self-expression. Visit website

    Great Big Theatre Company1856-82024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
    Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2024
    • Program
    • Etobicoke, Toronto
    • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
    TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

    Your child learns singing, acting and dancing skills while preparing scenes from famous Broadway musicals. Visit website

    The Music Studio318-152024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,371,5,22,150,37,265,288,programclass,coed,
    Jul 08 - Aug 23, 2024
    • Program
    • Etobicoke, Toronto
    • Age 8 to 15 (Coed)
    TorontoEtobicokeEtobicokeOntario

    Singing, acting and scene study, and songs from well known Broadway musicals! Orff instruction too. Visit website

    The Music Studio4208-152024-07-012024-08-01,287,5,37,150,265,288,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will explore acting through improvisation, non-scripted storytelling, and drama-based games. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs1268-102024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will learn to break down clues within the script that influence the way their character walks, talks, and feels! Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12614-182024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Downtown, Toronto
    • Age 1 to 18 (Coed)
    TorontoDowntownDowntownOntario

    Students will get creative, discover new and fun ways to express themselves, and perform on a YPT stage! Visit website

    Young People's Theatre/YPT3001-182024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,274,5,288,265,59,291,337,342,2,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will practice being present in the moment, taking risks, creating trust, and finding agreement in a safe space. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12611-132024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will explore acting through improvisation, non-scripted storytelling, and drama-based games. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12614-182024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of musical production numbers. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12611-132024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of musical production numbers. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs1268-102024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 4 to 18+ (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Bravo Academy's musical theatre programs are the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of SINGING, DANCING, and ACTING! Visit website

    Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts1754-192024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,165,5,22,150,37,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will practice being present in the moment, taking risks, creating trust, and finding agreement in a safe space. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12611-132024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of musical production numbers. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12614-182024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of musical production numbers. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12611-132024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 14 to 18 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will work as an ensemble to learn music and choreography to a wide range of musical production numbers. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12614-182024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will practice being present in the moment, taking risks, creating trust, and finding agreement in a safe space. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs1268-102024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will practice being present in the moment, taking risks, creating trust, and finding agreement in a safe space. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs1268-102024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will learn to break down clues within the script that influence the way their character walks, talks, and feels! Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12611-132024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Waterloo, ON
    • Age 11 to 13 (Coed)
    WaterlooOntario

    Students will practice being present in the moment, taking risks, creating trust, and finding agreement in a safe space. Visit website

    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs12611-132024-03-012024-04-012024-05-01,274,5,288,265,59,programclass,coed,
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 8 to 18+ (Coed)
    Online

    Beginner, intermediate and advanced private music, vocal and production lessons are available online Visit website

    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons358-192024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-01,138,5,37,175,147,38,287,339,176,285,286,150,288,virtualprogram,coed,


    Programs with Performing Arts (multi), session dates TBD


    Programs offering Performing Arts (multi) as an activity (28 results)

    These camps and programs offer some performing arts, as part of a broader schedule of activities.

    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Power of Words Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of written and oral communication training to children. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy40010-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
    Jul 08 - Aug 26, 2024
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Focus on building presentation strategies, effectively using vocal skills and non-verbal cues. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy80010-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
    Online

    Kids learn to write with effectiveness and confidence in all subject areas. Classes are delivered via Zoom & Google Classroom Visit website

    Power of Words Academy8009-112024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    This course will incorporate units of study providing a foundation in each strand of Grade 9 English. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy75012-142024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (3)
    • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkMarkhamMississaugaOntario

    Our goal is to create a solid foundation upon which exceptional writing & oral skills build. Classes are weekly for 90 mins. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy19007-92023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    May 11 - Jun 09, 2024
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
    Online

    Now you can join us using the latest digital tools to bring the game of D&D to life through your web browser and google meet Visit website

    Brick Works Academy1999-142024-05-012024-06-01,341,5,345,70,288,59,337,349,177,virtualprogram,coed,
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Unique, stimulating, and challenging program | Build skills to master writing | Weekly Mon-Fri | 9am to 4pm Visit website

    Power of Words Academy4007-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
    Jul 08 - Aug 26, 2024
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Focus on building presentation strategies, effectively using vocal skills and non-verbal cues. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy8009-112024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    Jul 02 - Aug 23, 2024
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
    Online

    Join us and learn how to play Dungeons and Dragons. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive storytelling game. Get Creative! Visit website

    Brick Works Academy1599-142024-07-012024-08-01,341,5,345,337,197,274,288,59,159,177,270,2,314,268,19,358,virtualprogram,coed,
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
    Online

    Focus on building presentation strategies, effectively using vocal skills and non-verbal cues. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy8009-112024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Unique, stimulating, and challenging program | Build skills to master writing | Weekly Mon-Fri | 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4:00pm. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy2257-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (3)
    • Age 9 to 10 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkMarkhamMississaugaOntario

    Our goal is to create a solid foundation upon which exceptional writing skills can be built. Classes held weekly for 90 mins. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy19009-102023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (3)
    • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkMarkhamMississaugaOntario

    Our program runs during the school year from September to June with classes held once a week for 90 minutes. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy190010-112023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    Jul 02 - Aug 23, 2024
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
    Online

    The Debate camp is designed in an interactive way, focusing on developing case construction, refutation & counterpoint skills Visit website

    Power of Words Academy45010-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,197,345,263,265,59,173,9,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,129,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
    Jul 09 - Aug 22, 2024
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    An enrichment writing and oral communication program geared for high achieving students who want to succeeding academically! Visit website

    Power of Words Academy8007-92024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
    Online

    Kids learn to write with effectiveness & confidence in all subject areas. Classes are delivered via Zoom & Google classroom. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy80011-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    This course is designed to give students the fundamental skills required for success in the Grade 9 English Curriculum. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy80012-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
    Online

    Focus on building presentation strategies, effectively using vocal skills and non-verbal cues. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy80011-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
    Jul 09 - Aug 22, 2024
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    An enrichment writing and oral communication program geared for high achieving students who want to succeeding academically! Visit website

    Power of Words Academy8009-112024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
    Online

    This course will incorporate units of study providing a foundation in each strand of Grade 9 English. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy75012-142024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
    Jul 02 - Aug 23, 2024
    • Virtual
    • Online
    • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
    Online

    Unique, stimulating, and challenging program | Build skills to master writing | Weekly Mon-Fri | 930am - 12pm or 1pm - 330pm. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy4507-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,197,345,263,265,59,173,9,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,129,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,virtualprogram,coed,
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    The Debate camp is designed in an interactive way, focusing on developing case construction, refutation & counterpoint skills Visit website

    Power of Words Academy22510-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,programclass,coed,
    Jul 09 - Aug 22, 2024
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    An enrichment writing and oral communication program geared for high achieving students who want to succeeding academically! Visit website

    Power of Words Academy80010-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • North-York, Toronto
    • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

    Unique, stimulating, and challenging program | Build skills to master writing | Weekly Mon-Fri | 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4:00pm. Visit website

    Power of Words Academy2257-142024-07-012024-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Throughout Ontario (3)
    • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
    TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkMarkhamMississaugaOntario

    An enrichment writing and oral communication program geared for high achieving students who want to succeeding academically! Visit website

    Power of Words Academy190010-142023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
    Jul 02 - Aug 09, 2024
    • Program
    • Oakville, ON
    • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
    OakvilleOntario

    Several different fun and engaging on-campus programs offered each week for students in grades 6-10. Visit website

    Appleby College Summer Programs46812-152024-07-012024-08-01,282,5,274,288,291,337,196,2,32,79,97,181,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Oakville, ON
    • Age 12 to 15 (Coed)
    OakvilleOntario

    Several different fun and engaging on-campus programs offered each week for students in grades 6-10. Visit website

    Appleby College Summer Programs58512-152024-07-01,274,5,288,59,291,196,2,32,342,97,270,19,181,programclass,coed,
    • Program
    • Kanata, ON
    • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
    KanataOntario

    Come learn Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Work towards competing and performing with our team! Visit website

    Trio Danceworks2703-192023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,154,5,22,258,165,274,288,265,59,276,1,164,3,programclass,coed,

    Find performing arts lessons near you

    OurKids.net lists camps and programs in dozens of cities across the country. Find your city in the list below and find performing arts after-school and weekend programs near you.

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    More than just after-school classes

    Kids and teens who love performing can find different ways to explore their passion on our site. See related options below:

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    What children learn in performing arts lessons and programs

    Kids and teens learn a variety of skills in performing arts classes. These can prepare them for working in this field, related fields, and improve critical life skills. Learn more below.

    Responsibility and independence. Putting a production together is a group effort. Each child is expected to take ownership of their tasks and complete them on time. Kids also learn how to take responsibility for any tasks they may fail to complete. They learn responsibility, independence, and cultivate a strong work ethic.

    Problem solving. Production members need to solve many problems in class. As issues arise, kids learn to communicate with their peers to arrive at compromises and come up with solutions. Good problem-solving skills, needless to say, are critical, and have importance that extend far beyond performance (for instance, in school and in many settings outside of school). 

    Performance skills. Performance skills are the core of performing arts lessons. Verbal skills such as projection and enunciation are learned during rehearsals. On performance dates, kids learn how to cope with the pressure of being in front of an audience. Perfecting these skills can boost children’s confidence and self-esteem, and open up opportunities like public speaking.

    Storytelling. Storytelling is a central part of the performing arts, in all its facets. For instance, lighting and sound set the tone, set design establishes setting, and actors create characters. Kids will learn many of these roles and what function they play in storytelling which can improve their overall storytelling abilities.

    Flexibility. “Yes, and…” is a traditional drama improv game that teaches improvisation skills. Performing arts class uses games like this to encourage students to build on each other’s ideas. This teaches flexibility, creativity, collaboration, and (often) humour, all skills that are pivotal to performing in different types of productions.

    Note: consult with individual programs listed above to see exactly what skills kids learn in each. 

    The benefits of performing arts lessons and classes

    Performing arts classes are extremely valuable for kids of all ages (not to mention adults). While they teach a wide range of performing arts skills, benefits also extend beyond this field. Find some of the principal advantages kids gain listed below:

    Experience with backstage roles. Roles offered backstage are incredibly important to the creation of live theatre. Kids in performing arts programs are exposed to lighting, sound, stage management, and costume design roles. This provides them with technical and specialized experience it’s difficult to find elsewhere.

    Exploring multiple genres. Productions performed include a range of genres including drama, mystery, and comedy. Kids learn various skills related to each genre. This helps increase their range as performers.

    Practicing empathy. Empathy is one of an actor’s most important skills. Understanding the emotions, thoughts, and urges of their characters improves their performance. As kids empathize with the characters they play, this also leads to connecting better with others in real life. They learn to take a deeper interest in others and their feelings and motivations. If performing does not pan out for them (in a very competitive field) this character trait will benefit other career choices. 

    Strengthens memory. Memory is an important component of performance. Performers need to memorize lines, position, and various other things. Kids who work in lighting, sound, or stage management will need to memorize cues. This helps improve their memory, with applications far beyond performing arts, in areas like academics, etc.

    Exploration of emotions. As kids perform numerous productions, they use a full spectrum of emotions. This exploration of emotions enables kids to recognize real emotions outside of performances, both in themselves and in others. They often become more aware of changes in posture, facial expressions, breathing, and body language, all indicators of emotional states. 

    Career preparation. Children often build a personal and deep connection with the theatre and other performance venues. The supportive environment in class and skills learned prepares and inspires many kids to eventually pursue the performing arts as a career. This may include becoming an actor, filmmaker, or becoming involved in theatre production. Presentation, speaking, and other talents they develop can also apply to many aspects of “regular” careers.

    Questions to ask before registering in a performing arts class

    When choosing a performing arts program, you’ll need to ask some key questions to ensure you find the right fit for your child. Below are some of the main ones.

    1. What tools or props are required for class?
    2. Will children have to interview or audition for roles and jobs they want?
    3. How much creative freedom are kids given?
    4. What are the instructors’ credentials for teaching performing arts?
    5. When are recitals or performances held?
    6. Does my child need experience in the performing arts?
    7. Is this an introductory program?
    8. What level are most kids at?

    Other programs, camps, and classes you might consider

    If your child is interested in the performing arts, there are lots of options out there. In addition to programs, you should also consider the depth of learning possible at a performing arts camp, as well programs that are more specialized. Find just a few of your many options below.

    Ballet dance programs focus on this sought-after skill in the performing arts. Operas and musicals require the fluidity and graceful movement of ballet dancers. Depending on if the program involves much performing, this can further enhance your child’s stage presence and confidence.

    Singing programs help kids and teens develop into a triple threat. Learning to dance, act, and sing can help kids excel in the performing arts. Singing programs can be particularly valuable if your child is interested in musicals and theatre.

    Filmmaking camps are a logical step for more cerebral teens. Filmmaking programs teach kids about the writing, filming, and editing process. This can prepare and inspire them to become professional directors, producers, editors, or writers. 

    Public speaking programs focus on this core performance skill. Your child will learn to captivate audiences with their words. Public speaking programs help kids to find their voice, practice their communication skills, and establish a public “presence” and “persona.”

    Combine this with more advice from OurKids.net

    Sources and further reading

    "How kids explore emotions." Scholastic.com.

    "The 'yes, and....' improvisation game. Dramanotebook.com.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    How many Performing arts programs and classes are there?
    There are 23 programs specializing in Performing Arts (multi). In addition, there are 28 programs offering performing arts (multi) as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.

    What are the fees to attend Performing arts programs and classes?
    Fees for Performing arts programs and classes range from $31 to $500 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

    What age do Performing arts programs and classes start at?
    There are programs available for children aged 1 through 19.

    Where can parents meet with Performing arts programs and classes?
    Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.


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