Performing arts programs and classes

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. Below, find the following:
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Programs specializing in Performing Arts (multi) (11 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
Dance
Performing Arts
Tot Dance
Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2023

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 3 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $65
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts653-52022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (10)
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $160
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphHamiltonLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond 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 Company1606-82023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning acting instructors will help you develop your presence, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1406-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,282,5,274,288,59,337,programclass,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140
HamiltonOntario

This is a year-long program that trains young people in musical theatre and prepares them for a full stage production in June Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1406-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,150,37,274,288,265,289,59,337,programclass,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (10)
  • Age 6 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $160
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphHamiltonLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond 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 Company1606-82023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
PROGRAM
Dance
Performing Arts
Kids Dance
Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2023

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $70
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts706-92022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning instructors will help you develop your voice, grow your confidence and bring screen characters to life. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1406-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,282,5,274,288,59,337,programclass,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $280
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts2806-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,154,5,22,257,259,258,165,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (10)
  • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $240
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphHamiltonLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond 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 Company2409-142023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-012024-07-012024-08-012024-09-012024-10-012024-11-012024-12-012025-01-012025-02-012025-03-012025-04-012025-05-012025-06-012025-07-012025-08-012025-09-012025-10-012025-11-012025-12-012026-01-012026-02-012026-03-012026-04-012026-05-012026-06-012026-07-012026-08-012026-09-012026-10-012026-11-012026-12-012027-01-012027-02-012027-03-012027-04-012027-05-012027-06-012027-07-012027-08-012027-09-012027-10-012027-11-012027-12-012028-01-012028-02-012028-03-012028-04-012028-05-012028-06-012028-07-012028-08-012028-09-012028-10-012028-11-012028-12-012029-01-012029-02-012029-03-012029-04-012029-05-012029-06-012029-07-012029-08-012029-09-012029-10-012029-11-012029-12-012030-01-012030-02-012030-03-012030-04-012030-05-012030-06-012030-07-012030-08-012030-09-012030-10-012030-11-012030-12-012031-01-012031-02-012031-03-012031-04-012031-05-012031-06-012031-07-012031-08-012031-09-012031-10-012031-11-012031-12-012032-01-012032-02-012032-03-012032-04-012032-05-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (10)
  • Age 9 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $240
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkBurlingtonGuelphHamiltonLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond 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 Company2409-142023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01,265,5,288,289,59,291,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,600
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Build your music theatre skills and work with industry professionals in this fast-paced, audition-only program! Visit website

Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts16008-182022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-01,154,5,22,258,165,150,37,265,288,59,programclass,coed,


Programs offering Performing Arts (multi) as an activity (35 results)

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

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $250
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy2507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $250
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy2507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $700
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy7009-112023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,

  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $750
Online

The course comprises of three units: Business Letters, Report Writing and Presentation Tools and Skills! Visit website

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy75012-142022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $250
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy25010-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,programclass,coed,
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $250
MississaugaOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy2507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $700
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy7009-112023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $700
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy7009-112023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $450
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy4507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $250
MississaugaOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy2507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $700
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy70010-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $750
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy75012-142023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $450
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy45010-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 7 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy18007-92022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 9 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $700
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy7009-112023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 10 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy180010-112022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 12 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $750
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy75012-142023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $450
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy4507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,197,345,263,265,59,173,9,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,129,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkMarkhamMississaugaOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy180010-142022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $700
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy70010-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
PROGRAM
Arts
Teen Art Club (13-17)
Sep 05, 2022 - Jun 17, 2023

  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 13 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $85
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

Your teen can't decide what type of art they like? At CCSA, we have Teen's Art Club, where they can explore their creativity! Visit website

Canadian Contemporary School of Art8513-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,71,5,59,288,296,9,297,173,355,123,178,177,182,2,50,172,programclass,coed,
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $250
MississaugaOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy2507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $108
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning instrumental teachers will help you develop your musicianship, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1086-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,138,5,37,175,287,339,176,285,150,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $450
MississaugaOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy4507-122023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $108
HamiltonOntario

Our award-winning voice instructors will help you develop your voice, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

CBY Music & Performing Arts1086-172022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,138,5,37,287,285,150,265,288,59,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 10 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $450
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy45010-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,197,345,263,265,59,173,9,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,129,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Throughout Ontario (3)
  • Age 9 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $1,800
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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy18009-102022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $700
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy70011-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,virtualprogram,coed,
  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 7 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $250
MississaugaOntario

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy2507-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,342,programclass,coed,
  • Online
  • Age 11 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $700
Online

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

Meet them at Camp Expo on Feb 25
Power of Words Academy70011-142023-07-012023-08-01,274,5,288,159,177,196,2,32,135,79,33,91,97,270,268,271,19,362,358,181,virtualprogram,coed,
  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • From $2,100
TorontoWest-EndWest-EndOntario

Experience the individualized Oxford approach with the benefits of socialization in a small bilingual classroom environment. Visit website

Oxford Learning High Park21003-82022-09-012022-10-012022-11-012022-12-012023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-012024-01-012024-02-012024-03-012024-04-012024-05-012024-06-01,337,5,150,37,59,288,159,177,342,2,275,91,129,24,97,270,144,50,7,314,19,319,1,161,3,362,366,358,357,181,programclass,coed,
  • Canning, NS
  • Age 8 to 11 (Coed)
  • From $75
CanningNova Scotia

The best of the arts, a recreation schedule, and a core of incredible arts programming! Visit website

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts758-112023-03-01,81,6,165,5,22,71,150,37,274,288,59,10,9,173,123,69,174,178,177,24,2,182,50,314,19,172,programclass,coed,
  • Canning, NS
  • Age 4 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $75
CanningNova Scotia

At Ross Creek we provide an amazing day led by professional artists on our breathtaking 178 acre property! Visit website

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts754-72023-03-01,81,6,165,5,22,71,150,37,274,288,59,10,9,173,123,69,174,178,177,24,2,182,50,314,19,172,programclass,coed,
  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 2 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $50
TorontoEast-York, ScarboroughEast-YorkScarboroughOntario

Come try dance classes in ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, acro, contemporary and modern dance styles. Find your favourite! Visit website

PSB & Interplay Dance502-192023-01-012023-02-012023-03-012023-04-012023-05-012023-06-012023-07-012023-08-012023-09-012023-10-012023-11-012023-12-01,154,5,22,258,165,265,288,161,3,programclass,coed,
  • Canning, NS
  • Age 12 to 16 (Coed)
  • From $75
CanningNova Scotia

The best of the arts, a full recreation schedule, and a core of incredible arts programming! Visit website

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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 11 programs specializing in Performing Arts (multi). In addition, there are 35 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 $65 to $2,850 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 3 through 18.

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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