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CLASSES, LESSONS & PERFORMANCES | RESOURCES & SUPPLIES


CLASSES, LESSONS & PERFORMANCES


The Academy of Fine Arts
Ages 3 and up. Music Lessons, Early Childhood Music, Acting Classes and Dance Studio, in one space for students wanting to excel in one or more performing arts areas.
www.theacademyoffinearts.com , 8451 Helgerman Ct., Gaithersburg, MD, 301-947-9705.


Acting for Young People
Celebrating 20 years of fun, challenging classes for ages 5-adult. After-school programs, weekend classes, summer acting camps, school tour productions and more!
www.afyp.org , mary@afyp.org, Fairfax, VA, 703-307-5332.


Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park & Wintergreen Plaza
Professional shows for families, Musical Theatre Training for grades 1-12. Classes, camps & workshops throughout the year. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD & 837-D Rockville Pk., Rockville, MD.
www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org , boxoffice@adventuretheatre-mtc.org, 301-634-2270.


American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO)
The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) provide world-class training and performance experience for more than 400 talented musicians in the Washington metropolitan area.
www.aypo.org , 4026 Hummer Rd., Annandale, VA, 703-642-8051.


Art House 7
Art House 7 is a small art studio in Arlington that offers quality art classes and events to children, teens and adults.
www.arthouseseven.com , arthouseseven@gmail.com, 5537 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA, 703-402-5017.


The Art League School
Ages 5+. Courses offered quarterly in virtually all of the fine arts, and some fine crafts, with some of the country's most talented artists. Summer camp and workshops. Full schedule online.
www.theartleague.org , Old Town Alexandria, VA, 703-683-2323.


Ave Maria Academy of Ballet
Ave Maria Ballet Company presents "A Children's Nutcracker" on November 18, 2017 @ 5 p.m. Held at NOVA Community College, Waddell Theatre, Sterling, VA. Tickets available online. $15 in advance; $20 at door.
www.AveMariaBallet.org , 20722 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn, VA, 703-723-7771.


Ballet Petite
Ballet Petite brings the magic of ballet through dance, music, pantomime and literature. The storydance brings classical fairytale literature to life with delicate costumes and beautiful props.
www.balletpetite.com , 301-229-6882.


Bethesda Conservatory of Dance
We promise your child a real dance education in a kind and positive setting. Formal dance technique is presented in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
www.bethesdaconservatoryofdance.com , 8004A Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-654-2200.


Carousel Puppets
Susan Wall and Carousel Puppets have been thrilling audiences for over 30 years, providing entertainment for any occasion. Large and colorful marionettes and hand puppets delight people of all ages.
www.carouselpuppets.com , 703-444-9426.


The Center for Ballet Arts, Inc.
Ages 3-Adult. The Center offers classes in Kinderballet, Pre-Ballet, Ballet Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Pilates. Fully professional staff, beautiful facilities. Intensive program and performing company for teens.
www.thecenterforballetarts.com , ctrbalarts@aol.com, 3955 Pender Dr., Ste. 105, Fairfax, VA, 703-273-5344.


CREATE Arts Center
Cartooning, painting, sculpture, pottery & more! Art Camps & Classes at CREATE encourage your child's creativity and teach art skills & techniques while promoting individuality in a fun and nurturing environment.
www.createartscenter.org , create@createartscenter.org, 816 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-ARTS.


Creative Explorers
Art & play-based drop-off program for ages 3-5. Two- or 4-half-day options. Held at Glen Echo Park, Crystal Pool Pavilion. Register at www.glenechopark.org/classes.
www.namasteplay.space , explorers.park@gmail.com, 917-748-9726.


DC Youth Orchestra Program
In a nurturing environment, DCYOP provides group lessons and ensemble opportunities for youth ages 4-18. Classes are on Saturdays on Capitol Hill.
www.dcyop.org , 202-698-0123.


D.C.'s American Pops Orchestra
"Around the World in 80 Days" - January 6, 2018; 2 & 5 p.m. A world-premiere musical adventure for the whole family to enjoy --a daring race against time! Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater, The Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle, 1101 Sixth St., SW, Washington, DC.
www.theamericanpops.org ,


Erin Driscoll
Voice Studio
Award-winning actress, singer and teacher. From classical to pop, to musical theater. Offering proper vocal technique and acting instruction to give students the foundation and tools to attack any piece of music!
www.erinedriscoll.com , erinegardiner@gmail.com,


Dynamite Gymnastics Center
Aerial Silks
An exciting new program. Silks is a sport and an art form, combining the movements of dance with climbing, stretching & hanging, challenging beginners and more experienced aerialists. Located in North Bethesda behind White Flint Mall.
www.DynamiteGC.com , 301-770-2700.


Encore Performers
The Place to Dance! Our excellent faculty provides a quality dance education in a nurturing environment. Ages 2-18, beginner to pre-professional. Home of Encore Theatrical Arts Project.
www.EncorePerformers.com , 4299 Henninger Ct., Chantilly, VA, 703-222-5511.


Encore Stage & Studio
"Theatre by Kids, for Kids!" For 50 years, Encore Stage & Studio has given children an opportunity to grow and discover themselves through theater: onstage, backstage, in the classroom, in the audience.
www.encorestage.org , 4000 Lorcom Ln., Arlington, VA, 703-548-1154.


Etudes
Neighborhood Music School in Georgetown. Private Lessons: Piano/Voice/Strings. Baby/Toddler Meadowlark Music Classes. In-School Residency Programs. Summer Camps.
www.dcetudes.com , info@dcetudes.com, 1616 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC, 202-256-9942.


Harmonia School of Music & Art
Exceptional Music & Theater Programs. Lessons and classes in all instruments, voice and acting for all ages & levels instructed by professional teachers. Recitals and shows throughout the year.
www.harmoniaschool.org , harmonia@harmoniaschool.org, 204-F Mill St., NE, Vienna, VA, 703-938-7301.


Hippodrome Theatre
Disney's THE LION KING roars into Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre November 16-December 10, 2017. Experience the triumphant return of one of the most beloved productions.
www.BaltimoreHippodrome.com , 12 North Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD, 800-982-ARTS.


Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage empowers ALL young people to discover their voice and identity through performing arts education and professional theater.
www.ImaginationStage.org , 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-280-1660.


International School of Music
Music instruction in all instruments and voice for all levels and ages. Caring, nurturing faculty with extensive teaching experience. Recital preparation and diploma program. Two Locations: ISM North, 10450 Auto Park Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-365-5888. ISM South, 4701 Sangamore Rd., L-03, Bethesda, MD, 301-320-4400.
www.ismw.org ,


Joy of Motion Dance Center
Over 150 classes weekly for ages 2-18, Joy of Motion Dance Center offers the widest variety of classes in the DMV. Learn more online.
www.joyofmotion.org , 202-818-9505.


The Kennedy Center
Enter a world where word play, theater, music, dance and more lead to unforgettable adventures! Shows for all ages and interests.
www.kennedy-center/org/calendar/genre/FAM , 2700 F St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-467-4600.


Kids Language Art
Revolutionary Spanish, French, Mandarin, art and music through Reggio Emilia approach. See, feel and experience a different way of expanding your child's potential.
www.kidslanguagearts.com , info@kidslanguagearts.com, 1481 Chain Bridge Rd., Ste. 103, McLean, VA, 703-689-1186.


Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center
Our programs integrate arts and education, while inspiring, mentoring and nurturing youths who yearn for self-esteem, achievement and balance in their lives.
www.ltyc.net , 443-261-LTYC.


New York's The LMproject
The LMproject brings NY caliber performance and teaching to the area! Camps, shows & classes.
www.LMprojectdance.com , 347-527-1682.


Manassas Ballet Academy
Official School of Manassas Ballet Theatre
Ongoing enrollment. Vaganova Method. Master teachers. Professional performance opportunities with live orchestra.
www.manassasballet.org , info@manassasballet.org, 9004 Mathis Ave., Manassas, VA, 703-368-6621.


Manassas Ballet Theatre - The Nutcracker
Manassas Ballet Theatre with The Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra present "The Nutcracker," December 14-23, 2017. MBT's "Nutcracker" is a classic, family version that is annually the best attended performing arts production in Northern Virginia. Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University's Science and Technology Campus, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, VA.
www.manassasballet.org , 703-257-1811.


Rebecca McCabe Music Studio & Music Entertainment
Teaching piano and voice in Georgetown since 2007. Private piano instruction ages 4-adult, all levels. Private voice instruction, ages 8-adult. Songwriting coaching.
McCabeMusicSchool@gmail.com, 202-333-3823.


Musical Theatre Petite
Your showstopper's opportunity to shine! Jazz, voice and acting -- encompassing all the attributes of a well-rounded Broadway performer! Additional classes offered in hip-hop and Glee singing.
www.musicaltheatrepetite.com , 301-229-6882.


Musical Expressions
Private lessons for piano, voice, violin, flute, guitar, drums and more. Children & adults. Studio near Old Georgetown Rd. & Democracy Blvd. In-home lessons may be arranged.
www.musicalexpressions.com , musicalexpressions@verizon.net, Bethesda, MD, 301-530-7757.


Musical Expressions
Private lessons for piano, voice, violin, flute, guitar, drums and more. Children & adults. Studio near Old Georgetown Rd. & Democracy Blvd. In-home lessons may be arranged.
www.musicalexpressions.com , musicalexpressions@verizon.net, Bethesda, MD, 301-530-7757.


Olney Theatre Center
Many family-friendly shows in our 2017-18 season, including TYA shows and musicals. For tickets and information call 301-924-3400.
www.olneytheatre.org , 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring R, Olney, MD,


Potomac Arts Academy of George Mason University
GMU's Potomac Arts Academy offers community arts education, including private music lessons, summer programs, classes in music, theater, game design and art for all ages.
www.PotomacAcademy.org , potomac@gmu.edu, 4260 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA, 703-993-9889.


Sing Along With Karen
Karen's interactive, nurturing, mobile music classes for babies keeps EVERYONE humming! Professional guitarist Karen brings her custom and extraordinary music classes to your desired location. 301-537-SING (7464).
www.SingAlongWithKaren.com , sngalong1@aol.com,


Studio of Ballet Arts
The Studio of Ballet Arts is dedicated to creating the love of dance for all ages. Providing Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, ACRO, Break Dancing and more. Home to the SBA Dance Competition Team!
www.studioofballetarts.com , 17810 Meeting House Rd., Moore Bldg., Ste. 350, Sandy Spring, MD, 301-260-2626.


Suzuki Music Studio
Ages 3 years-adult. Violin, viola & piano. Now registering learners of all ages beginning at 2 1/2. Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett, Director.
www.barrettsuzuki.com , virtuosos2132@gmail.com, Reston, VA, 703-295-0659.


Tap Petite
Put your best foot forward in these high-energy classes including rhythmic tap, show tap and syncopation. Classic stories including Shirley Temple, Mary Poppins and Tiki Tiki Tembo develop children's performance skills.
www.tappetite.com , 301-229-6882.


The Puppet Co.
The Puppet Co. breathes new life into classic children's tales in fully staged productions for thousands of family audiences from all across the metro D.C. region.
www.thepuppetco.org , Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD, 301-634-5380.


Tiny Dancers
Our unique ballet, tap, hip-hop, Tiny Broadway, Musical Theatre and "Wiggletoes" programs for children combine technical excellence and creativity in a fun and nurturing environment. Fairfax, Alexandria and Mosaic locations
www.tinydancers.com , info@tinydancers.com, 10875 Main St., #113, Fairfax, VA, 703-385-5580.


Washington Conservatory of Music
All Ages & Stages. Nationally-accredited music school. Lessons, classes, camps and concerts. Piano, guitar, voice, strings, winds, brass, percussion and theory/composition. Early childhood, Suzuki Academy, folk and traditional Irish music programs. Bethesda MD & Glen Echo Park.
www.washingtonconservatory.org , info@washingtonconservatory.org, 301-320-2770.


Washington Revels
Song, Dance & Celebration! Year-round family-friendly performances, festivals and programs such as Christmas Revels, May Revels, SunFest, community sings, parades and more--events are often free. After-school workshops for grades K-8.
www.revelsdc.org , 531 Dale Dr., Silver Spring, MD, 301-587-3835.


RESOURCES & SUPPLIES


The Cappies
Critics and Awards Program
High school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews and publish them in local newspapers.
www.cappies.com/nca ,


Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington

www.cultural-alliance.org , 202-638-2406.


Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts.
www.culturaltourisdc.org ,


DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The mission of the DCCAH is to provide grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities.
www.dcarts.dc.gov , 1371 Harvard St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-724-5613.


The Dream in Color Foundation
A 501(c)3 nonprofit entity organized to provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the economically-disadvantaged youth in the Northern Virginia area.
www.dreamincolordance.org , 7373 McWhorter Pl., Annandale, VA, 703-642-1711.


The Emergence Community Arts Collective
Find activities and events.
www.ecacollective.org , 202-462-2285.


International Child Art Foundation
The International Child Art Foundation has been a pioneering force in effectively and systematically bringing about a change in awareness about children's creativity through a decade of innovative programming.
www.icaf.org , P.O. Box 58133, Washington, DC, 202-530-1000.


THEARC
Ten cultural and social service agencies are based at THEARC, all helping underserved children and adults reach their full potential. THEARC also features a 365-seat theater for drama, music & dance.
www.thearcdc.org , 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE, Washington, DC, 202-889-5901.


VSA Arts
Creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through participation in, and enjoy, the arts. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
www.vsarts.org , 818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Ste. 600, Washington, DC, 202-628-2800.