Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Performing Arts for Ann Arbor Kids!

The Young People's Theater performing The King and I

The Ann Arbor film festival tends to motivate people to pursue their passions and artistic abilities. As adults we often need such motivation, and yet for kids pursuing such dreams tend to come naturally. If your family is living near or in Ann Arbor or if you are new to Ann Arbor, you can find a range of performing art opportunities for your children. 

Below is a description of Ann Arbor performing art programs listed by area. Read through it to find which location and organization is the best fit for your family.

Northside Ann Arbor:  

Thurston Community Players is a multi-generational group of parents and students from Thurston, Clague, and Huron schools who write, produce, and perform their own plays. The cast usually tends to have over 100 actors and volunteers from ages 5 to 70. 

Downtown Ann Arbor and 

University of Michigan Campus: 

Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre offers Russian method ballet training for children ages four to adult. Children will train under Russian teachers who come to Ann Arbor for a master’s program. These teachers will offer promising ballet students an opportunity to train in Russia. Every year this theatre puts on "The Nutcracker" at the Power Center for the Performing Arts for all Ann Arbor and surrounding area residents to enjoy. 

Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts cultivates a core musical program ranging from early childhood music, youth orchestra, chamber music, jazz studies, string orchestra, and private instruction for toddlers through adult seniors. 

Community School of Ballet is an educational institution that teaches the syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance. Students will receive classical training in ballet and annual RAD examinations to those who wish to test themselves on the international standard of dance. 

Dance Theatre Studio teaches children ballet, Cecchetti ballet and pointe as well as hip-hop, Pilates, pre-school movement, jazz, stretch and strength, and tap. The studio has two professional dance companies: Hip Hop Crew and Ann Arbor Dance Theatre that perform and compete. 

Kenville Studios offers to teach youth how to write, produce, and preform in Puppet Theater; in addition to, youth ballet and art and movement summer camps. 

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institute is an intensive training program in theater and dance provided by the University of Michigan School of Music for high school students. During the program, students will have the opportunity to meet with college admission counselors and alumni along with the experience to live on campus. 

Southside Ann Arbor:

Ann Arbor Dance Classics teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, and creative movement for preschoolers.  Students have an opportunity to audition for the studio's Youth Company. 

Burns Park Players allows children in the Burns Park school attendance area to appear in family-oriented musical productions written, produced, and performed by the parents, residents, and teachers of Burns Park. 

Swing City Dance Studio offers all levels of dance instruction on tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, ballroom, and swing. 

Young People's Theater, a volunteer-run theater offering professional education, training, and theater experience for preschoolers through high school.  

Westside Ann Arbor:

Ann Arbor Institute of Suzuki Music applies the basic principles of learning a spoken language to learning music for the violin, cello, bass, flute, piano, and guitar. 

Arts in Motion encourages self-expression with musicality and artistic integrity through its various levels of jazz, modern dance, ballet, and tap classes.

Sylvia Dance Studio incorporates Cecchetti ballet and jazz in its repertoire. Class size is limited so that students can benefit from an optimal dance experience. 

Some of these organizations offer summer programs in which your child can try out before committing to longer programs during the school year. While other organizations have concluded their productions for this school year, it is always good to plan ahead for the upcoming fall. By planning now, you will give yourself and your family plenty of time to schedule rehearsal practices, volunteer time, costume fittings, instrument needs, performance dates, and commuting to or around Ann Arbor. 

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