Winter/Spring 2012 DC Youth Arts Programs

I wish you a wonderful arts-filled 2012!

Here is a listing of almost 30 after-school and Saturday youth arts programs in DC for the Winter/Spring 2012 semester.

Programs are organized in the following categories: multidisciplinary arts, music, dance, theater, visual arts, and creative writing.

Multidisciplinary Arts               

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: (202) 547-6839
E-mail: info@chaw.org
Website: www.chaw.org     
Ages: 0 to 18 (and adult)          

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum of classes, performance, and exhibition opportunities for preschoolers, youth, and adults. The Winter/Spring 2012 semester runs January 3 to June 8.                

Check out the catalogue for the Spring 2012 Youth Arts Program for ages 5 to 12 and get information about registration and tuition assistance here.

The first session of Early Childhood Classes runs January to March. Find these and other classes here.            

If you have questions about the program or need help selecting a schedule for your child, contact Youth Education Coordinator Leslie Andus by calling (202) 547-6839 or e-mail landus@chaw.org.     

Fillmore Arts Center
1819 35th Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: (202) 465-2810
Website: fillmoreartscenter.org
Ages: 5 to 17

Fillmore Arts Center is an award-winning District of Columbia Public School program providing training in dance, music, theater, visual arts, creative writing and media arts. 

Fillmore Arts Workshop offers after-school classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Spring classes include drawing, cartoon drawing, ceramics, guitar, piano, violin, rock band jam, theater, and pre-ballet. See the descriptions of the Spring classes here.

For more information and financial assistance, contact Program Director Sara Friendly at (202) 465-2810.

Latin American Youth Center
Art + Media House
3035 15th Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 319-2293, ext. 1
E-mail: artmediahouse@layc-dc.org
Website: www.artmediahouse.org
Ages: 11 to 18 (and adult)

Art + Media House, a division of the Latin American Youth Center, is a space where the creative abilities of youth are developed through hands-on training in digital media – radio, photography, beat-making, music/poetry, graphic design; and art – drawing, painting, graffiti, sculpture, stenciling and murals. Through the creative process youth develop leadership skills and learn how to collaborate and manage their own projects. They share their ideas with a wider audience through community exhibitions, performances and dialogue.
 
The Art + Media House provides after-school and summer programming for youth age 11 to 18. The facility includes an art studio, digital media lab, recording studio and a gallery for exhibitions.

Classes include PhotoTodos (digital photography and video class mentored by Corcoran students) and Verses (songwriting and poetry). Read about the different youth programs here.

The registration fee is $15 per session. The registration covers the cost of classes and supplies. Young people can also complete community service hours in lieu of the registration fee.

Northeast Performing Arts Group
NE Outreach Youth Center
3431 Benning Rd, NE (Map)
Washington, DC 20019
Tel: (202) 388-1274
E-mail: nepag1@aol.com
Website: www.nepag.org
Ages: 6 to 18

Northeast Performing Arts Group (NEPAG) is a non-profit organization geared towards changing the lives of young people in metropolitan DC area, with a focus on East of the River.

Northeast Performing Arts Group’s main discipline is dance. NEPAG introduces untrained youth to the arts with a goal of moving onto the professional stage.

NEPAG’s Arts N’ Education Program is an after-school program for kids ages 6 to 18 designed to strengthen academic performance, stabilize social development, and to introduce the arts for basic awareness and purposeful communication and self-awareness. Classes are at the NEPAG studio as well as River Terrace Elementary School (420 34th Street, NE). NEPAG also has a summer program.

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Rd, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 797-2145
E-mail: register@sitarartscenter.org     
Website: www.sitarartscenter.org     
Ages: 0 to 18 (and adult)       

Sitar Arts Center provides multidisciplinary arts education to the children and youth of Washington, DC in a nurturing, creative community where young people discover their inherent talents and gifts. Fostering personal and artistic growth through the visual arts, music, drama, dance, digital arts and creative writing, the Center offers after-school, weekend and summer classes to more than 700 students a year, 80 percent of whom come from low-income households. 

The Spring 2012 semester runs from Monday, January 29 through Friday, May 12 offering classes such as early childhood music, individual instrument lessons, percussion ensemble, musical theater, graphic design, as well as classes taught by partner organizations such as Corcoran ArtReach, The Washington Ballet, CityDance. Arena Stage, and The Washington National Opera.

Read the Spring 2012 Schedule of Classes and how to register.

Registration for students ages six and up must be done in person on any of these dates (by appointment):

  • Tuesday, January 17 to Thursday, January 19 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 21 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
  • Monday, January 23 to Thursday, January 26 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

To make a registration appointment, families must either call Sitar Arts Center at (202) 797-2145, send an e-mail to register@sitarartscenter.org, or submit a registration appointment request on-line.

Tuition is on a sliding fee scale and no student will be turned away because of an inability to pay.

Sitar has a strong teen program that not only offers teen intensive courses, but also gives teens the opportunity to participate in Sitar’s Emerging Arts Leaders (S.E.A.L.) Program where students ages 12 to 18 can explore an area of the arts in a more in-depth way, strengthen their artistic skills and prepare for a future in the arts and to interact with peers who have the same interests and goals.

Early Childhood Arts for babies and toddlers with and without their caregivers  The classes advance children’s development, fosters an early appreciation of the arts and provides an opportunities for bonding between the child and parent, as well as interaction with other parents, caregivers and children. Registration for Early Child Arts begins Monday, January 9 through Friday, January 27.  To inquire about Early Childhood Arts registration, call (202) 797-2145, ext. 118 or send an e-mail to brian@sitarartscenter.org.

Due to space restrictions and Sitar’s mission, priority is given to returning students, students living in Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, and Columbia Heights and students from families earning less than 50% of the Greater Washington area’s median income. Others may be placed on a waiting list for classes upon registration.

THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Center)
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: (202) 889-5901       
E-mail: info@thearcdc.org
Website: www.thearcdc.org

THEARC brings together an array of comprehensive programs and services from ten partner agencies and two non-resident partner agencies, providing a home away from home for the many underserved children and adults of East of the River, enabling them to participate in dance classes, music instruction, fine arts, academics, continuing education, mentoring, tutoring, recreation, and medical and dental care and other services at substantially reduced cost or no cost at all.          

Below is information about THEARC’s arts programs: Corcoran ArtReach, Levine School of Music, and The Washington School of Ballet

Corcoran ArtReach at THEARC      

Corcoran ArtReach at THEARC is a semester-based museum outreach program designed to empower DC youth ages 8 to 18 to explore and trust their own creativity within the context of art appreciation and art making.

The Corcoran ArtReach classes combine art appreciation and art making into a unique learning experience. Students learn to look at, discuss, and interpret works of art on fieldtrips to the Gallery; experiment with a variety of art materials and methods; and create artwork inspired by these experiences. ArtReach participants exhibit their work in community galleries at the end of each semester, and at the Corcoran each spring in an exhibition called Expressions, Art by DC Youth.

Using the Gallery’s collection as a primary resource, ArtReach fosters visual literacy, critical thinking skills, and creative expression among its participants while encouraging them to develop meaningful connections between art and their lives.

In addition to ArtReach, the Corcoran oversees the Community Gallery at THEARC, which serves as an exhibition venue for program participants, local artists, community organizations, and schools.   

The Spring 2012 semester runs Monday, January 23 to Friday, May 3.  Classes are held: 

  • Mondays 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm (Master class for advanced ArtReach students by invitation-only)
  • Wednesdays 4:30 pm to 6:00  pm (ages 12 to 18)
  • Tuesdays 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (ages 8 to 12)
  • Thursdays 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm (ages 8 to 12)

In the Spring 2012 semester, ArtReach students will continue to learn about the Corcoran’s exhibition, 30 Americans, which showcases works by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades. It explores how each artist reckons with the notion of black identity in America, navigating such concerns as the struggle for civil rights, popular culture, and media imagery. Students will explore these subjects and how it relates to their own personal identity through class projects and a field trip to the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

Classes and supplies are free and no prior art experience is necessary. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here

For information about Corcoran ArtReach at THEARC, send an e-mail to artreach@corcoran.edu.  

Levine School of Music at THEARC      

The Levine School of Music is a nonprofit community music school offering outstanding musical instruction for students of all ages, abilities and economic backgrounds while also encouraging a love of music, fostering creative expression and promoting personal enrichment.      

Levine’s programs at THEARC include early childhood classes, Suzuki strings classes, individual instrument classes for strings, winds and brass, piano, guitar, percussion, as well as vocal classes,  jazz and improvisation, and music theory.

For information about Levine School of Music at THEARC, call (202) 610-2036 or e-mail LevineSEDC@levineschool.org.    

The Washington Ballet at THEARC

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) at THEARC curriculum includes creative movement, pre-ballet, boys’ classes, and a graded program for children through young adulthood, many of whom wish to pursue dance as a career.  

TWSB’s state-of-the-art facility at THEARC includes two studios, dressing and locker rooms, and a 365-seat theatre, where The Washington Ballet performs its famed Nutcracker with select students from The Washington School of Ballet in the production.

Read here (scroll to the bottom) about classes at THEARC such as creative movement, ballet, African Dance, and Hip Hop.

TWSB programs run for a full school year, September through June. The school will re-open registration mid-year based upon class size and availability. Interested students will be registered on a first come first serve basis and should contact the school for more information by phone (202) 274-4533 or e-mail mwroth@washingtonballet.org.

Tuition is based on the information provided on the Income Assessment of one’s registration packet.  The Washington Ballet at THEARC uses a sliding scale of household income and family size to determine the payment group. From there, the tuition is calculated based on the number of classes a student enrolls in.

Words Beats & Life
1525 Newton Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 667-1192
E-mail: info@wblinc.org
Website: www.wblinc.org
Ages: 5 to 23

Words Beats & Life’s DC Urban Arts Academy offers free hip-hop inspired classes year-round to youth ages 5 to 23 in Northwest and Northeast DC. Classes include b-boying, graffiti arts, DJing, beat production, emceeing, digital photography, slam poetry, and chess.

For more information about how to enroll in any of the classes, call Lauren at (202) 667-1192 or send an e-mail Lauren@wblinc.org.

Music

American Youth Chorus
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE (Map)
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 399-7933, ext. 182
E-mail: info@congressionalchorus.org
Website: www.americanyouthchorus.org
Ages: 8 to 14

Established in 2008 as the education program of Congressional ChorusAmerican Youth Chorus (AYC) is an after-school music program for students ages 8 to 14 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Founded on the premise that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, deserve a high-quality music education, AYC offers students a performance-based choral/musical theatre program that encourages young people to develop their voices, creativity, and self-esteem. The curriculum focuses on reading skills and music theory, singing in parts, stage presence and basic choral choreography. In addition to having concerts at the Atlas, students have performed at the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, and the White House.

The Junior Division (ages 8 to 10) rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm and the Senior Division (ages 11 to 14) rehearses Thursdays from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

New members are accepted in January through a short audition process with the artistic director. To schedule an audition time, send an e-mail to Debby_McConnell@congressionalchorus.org or call (202) 399-7993, ext. 182. Potential singers need not prepare a song in advance. The artistic director will run some scales and warm-ups with your child and have him or her sing something familiar such as Happy Birthday.

Tuition is based on a sliding scale determined by household income and full scholarships are available.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: (202) 547-6839
E-mail: info@chaw.org
Website: www.chaw.org         
Ages: 0 to 18 (and adult)         

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum of classes, performance, and exhibition opportunities for preschoolers, youth, and adults.                  

Types of music classes offered this Winter/Spring include:               

For complete information on music and all arts classes at CHAW, including full schedule and registration information, go to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop entry under the Multidisciplinary Arts section at the top.

Children’s Chorus of Washington
4626 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 100
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 237-1005
E-mail: ccw@childrenschorus.com
Website: www.childrenschorus.com
Ages: 9 to 18

Now in its 16th season, the Children’s Chorus of Washington, comprises four performing ensembles and its 170 singers, ages 9 to 18, represent over 100 public and private schools in the greater Washington, DC area. 

  • Treble Chorus - beginning level for ages 9 to 13
    Rehearses Mondays from 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm and Thursdays from 4:45 pm to 6:20 pm.
  • Bel Canto Chorus - intermediate level ensemble
    Rehearses Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 7:50 pm.
  • Concert Chorus - advanced level ensemble
    Rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm.
  • Young Men’s Ensemble - ensemble for young men with changed voices
    Rehearses the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Rehearsals are held at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW.

Read here about how to audition or you can call (202) 237-1005 to make an appointment for an audition.

Tuition details are found here.  Scholarships are available to students with financial need.

DC Youth Orchestra Program
Eastern High School
1700 E. Capitol Street, NE (Map)
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: (202) 723-1612 
E-mail: info@dcyop.org
Website: www.dcyop.org              
Ages: 4-1/2 to 19 (up to 21 in the Youth Orchestra only) 

The DC Youth Orchestra Program (DCYOP) provides music classes and ensemble training to all students who wish to participate. Because of the program’s unique structure and curriculum, no child is turned away and every child is challenged by being placed in a level appropriate to his or her ability.  DCYOP accepts all students, regardless of experience or income level.

Students participate in one of six orchestras, three wind ensembles, two string orchestras, one jazz ensemble and/or multiple class ensembles. In addition to playing in an ensemble, students also take classes for their individual instrument or section.   

Beginning students can read about the orchestra’s instruments and the minimum age to start playing them here.

The Spring 2012 classes start on Tuesday, January 17 and Saturday, January 21 and the program runs through May. Beginning students must sign up and be in class no later than Tuesday, January 31 or Saturday, February 4. The Spring 2012 schedule and registration information are available here

While students new to an instrument do not audition, here is information for others who do audition.          

DCYOP offers tuition discounts based on family income and size. Download a financial aid application here.              

Fillmore Arts Center
See above in the Multidisciplinary Arts section.   

Latin American Youth Center
Art + Media House
3035 15th Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 319-2293, ext. 1
E-mail: artmediahouse@layc-dc.org
Website: www.artmediahouse.org
Ages: 11 to 18 (and adult)

Art + Media House, a division of the Latin American Youth Center, is a space where the creative abilities of youth are developed through hands-on training in digital media – radio, photography, beat-making, music/poetry, graphic design; and art – drawing, painting, graffiti, sculpture, stenciling and murals. Through the creative process youth develop leadership skills and learn how to collaborate and manage their own projects. They share their ideas with a wider audience through community exhibitions, performances and dialogue.
 
The Art + Media House provides after-school and summer programming for youth age 11 to 18. The facility includes an art studio, digital media lab, recording studio and a gallery for exhibitions.

The registration fee is $15 per session. The registration covers the cost of classes and supplies. Young people can also complete community service hours in lieu of the registration fee.

Levine School of Music

Two DC Locations:

2801 Upton Street, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 686-8000
E-mail: LevineNWDC@levineschool.org
Website: levineschool.org   
Ages: Pre-K to 18 (and adult)

THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus)
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: (202) 610-2036       
E-mail: LevineSEDC@levineschool.org
Website: levineschool.org and www.thearcdc.org
Ages: Pre-K to 18

Levine School of Music is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Programs include Early Childhood and Elementary Music, instrument lessons, chamber music,  jazz, voice, and recording arts.

Search for classes in the course catalog and get registration information.

Levine strives to make programs available to everyone. Hundreds of students receive substantial scholarship assistance; many hundreds more receive free instruction through outreach programs.

Levine at THEARC

Levine’s programs at THEARC include early childhood classes, Suzuki strings classes, individual instrument classes for strings, winds and brass, piano, guitar, percussion, as well as vocal classes,  jazz and improvisation, and music theory. Search for classes in the course catalog

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Rd, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 797-2145
E-mail: info@sitarartscenter.org
Website: sitarartscenter.org                 
Ages: 0 to 18 (and adult)

Sitar Arts Center provides multidisciplinary arts education to the children and youth of Washington, DC in a nurturing, creative community where young people discover their inherent talents and gifts. In addition to offering classes in music, Sitar also classes in the visual arts, drama, dance, digital arts and creative writing.

Instrumental and vocal music at Sitar Arts Center provides an outlet for individual and ensemble performance. Students learn to collaborate while playing and singing with others, as well as learning music theory and developing critical thinking skills as they master their individual instruments.

The Spring 2012 semester runs from January 30 through May 12 offering classes such as individual instrument lessons, early childhood music, youth choir, opera, musical theater, and music ensembles. Read the Spring 2012 schedule of classes here.

Sitar’s music partners include the National Symphony Orchestra, the DC Jazz Festival, and the Washington Performing Arts Society.

For details on Sitar’s programs, the registration process, and tuition, see the Sitar Arts Center listing above in the Multidisciplinary Arts section.

Washington Youth Choir
733 8th Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 293-7508
Website: washingtonyouthchoir.org
Ages: 13 to 19

Washington Youth Choir is a free after-school music education and college preparatory program for students ages 13 to 19.

The choir rehearses three days a week at Cavalry Baptist Church and is currently auditioning new singers. Call (202) 293-7508 to schedule an audition.

Dance

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: (202) 547-6839
E-mail: info@chaw.org
Website: www.chaw.org           
Ages: 0 to 18 (and adult)       

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum of classes, performance, and exhibition opportunities for preschoolers, youth, and adults.                  

Types of dance classes offered this Winter/Spring 2012 include:    

For complete information on dance and all arts classes at CHAW, including full schedule and registration information, go to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop entry under the Multidisciplinary Arts section at the top.

CityDance Ensemble

Administrative Office:
1111 16th Street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 347-3909
E-mail: info@citydance.net
Website: citydance.net

CityDance has excellent dance education programs that include classes for youth at CityDance Center at Strathmore and CityDance Center at DC Dance Collective, as well as dance programs in schools.                 

CityDance Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD (Directions)   
Tel: (301) 581-5204
E-mail: citydance@strathmore.org
Website: www.citydance.net/strathmore.cfm                 
Ages: 4 to 19

CityDance Center at Strathmore provides dance classes for children, youth, adults, plus a pre-professional program for advanced dancers ages 12 to 19. Spring 2012 classes include African/Asian Fusion, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Indian, Jazz, and Modern.  On-line registration is closed, but you can register by calling (301) 581-5204. 

CityDance at DC Dance Collective
4908 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Washington, DC (Directions)
Tel: (202) 293-1165
Website: www.citydance.net/tenleytown.cfm    
Ages: 3 to 19             

CityDance at DC Dance Collective (Tenleytown) offers classes for children and youth ages 3 to 19. Classes offered this Spring are Creative Movement,  Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Sri Lankan. View the CityDance Center at DC Dance Collective Spring 2012 schedule here.                 

Register for classes at CityDance at DC Dance Collective on-line or call (202) 293-1165.                 

Dance Institute of Washington
3400 14th Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20010
Tel: (202) 371-9686
Website: www.danceinstitute.org                
Ages: 3 to 21 

Dance Institute of Washington (DIW) is a dance education institute committed to providing children and youth the opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and artistically through the discipline of dance.  

DIW’s pre-professional program for ages 12 to 21 is an audition-based program employs a curriculum grounded in classical ballet technique, with emphasis on modern, jazz, and African dance.                 

For those who want the same dance disciplines as the pre-professional program, but are not ready to commit to the intense schedule, DIW’s Community Program could be the right fit. This program for six to eighteen year olds offer a fun, enriching, and nurturing environment for the exploration of dance as an art form. Students of all skill levels are welcome ages 6 to 18. Classes include Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Mexican/Latin American, and Tap.  For the very youngest ones, read here about Family & Me and Pre-Dance Creative Movement for three- to five-year olds.  

Register for all classes on-line here. For additional information and/or assistance, call the Dance Institute’s registrar at (202) 371-9656.

Dance Place
3225 8th Street, NE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: (202) 269-1600
E-mail: ideas@danceplace.org
Website: www.danceplace.org          
Ages: 3 to 18 (and adult)       

The mission of Dance Place is to transform lives through performing arts and creative education programs that inspire personal growth, professional success, physical wellness and community engagement. Through truly affordable and free programs, Dance Place serves diverse audiences, artists, students, families, adults and children in the greater DC metropolitan area.        

The Kids on the Move classes run January 9 to May 12. Classes include Creative Movement (ages 3 to 5), Ballet/Tap (ages 5 to 9), Hip-Hop (ages 8 to teens), Contemporary Jamaican Folk Dance (ages 10 to teens), and Belly Dance (ages 10 to teens). 

This two-page PDF is handy as a registration form as well as a concise listing and the schedule and descriptions of the Winter/Spring 2012 classes.          

Dance Place offers a select number of partial scholarships to children ages 3 to 13, with a special preference given to children living in Ward 5. To apply for a partial scholarship, mail a letter stating the need for scholarship to Director of NEXTgeneration Youth, 3225 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017. Include in the letter why your child needs a scholarship. A few full scholarships are available to children with an adult family member able to participate in Dance Place’s Work/Study program.       

DC Dance Collective
4908 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 362-7244
E-mail: office@dcdancecollective.com
Website: www.dcdancecollective.com
Ages: 8 to 18 (and adult)

The mission of DC Dance Collective is to make dance available to everyone, regardless of social or economic status, age, gender, or artistic or cultural background, and to establish a studio atmosphere in which students and instructors have artistic choices, share in the artistic process, and learn the value of artistic expression.

Here is the Winter 2012 schedule rom January 2 to March 25 that include tap, hip hop, ballet, and break dance.

Joy of Motion

Two Locations in DC:

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE (Map)
Washington, DC 20002
Tel: (202) 399-6763
E-mail: atlas@joyofmotion.org
Website: www.joyofmotion.org
Ages: 3 to 18 (and adult)

 Friendship Heights
5207 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 362-3042
E-mail: friendshipheights@joyofmotion.org
Website: www.joyofmotion.org
Ages: 3 to 18 (and adult)

Joy of Motion’s 2012 Winter/Spring semester starts January 2. Search for classes here. Go here for links to youth programs, schedule and registration information. You can read about tuition here.

Knock on Wood Tap Studio
6925 Willow Street, NW Suite 101 (Map)
Washington, DC 20012
Tel: (202) 722-1625
E-mail: knockonwoodtap@aol.com
Website: knockonwood.org
Ages: 4 to 18 (and adults)

Knock on Wood, the only dance studio in the DC area focused only on tap, moved in September 2011 from Silver Spring to its studio in Takoma DC, a couple blocks from the Takoma Park Metro.

The Winter 2012 session runs January 3 to March 26. See the tap classes offered for students ages 4 to 18 and registration information here.

Information about financial assistance is available here.

Northeast Performing Arts Group

See above in the Multidisciplinary Arts section.

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Rd, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 797-2145
E-mail: info@sitarartscenter.org
Website: sitarartscenter.org                 

Sitar Arts Center provides multidisciplinary arts education to the children and youth of Washington, DC in a nurturing, creative community where young people discover their inherent talents and gifts. In addition to offering classes in dance, Sitar also classes in the visual arts, music, drama, digital arts and creative writing.

Sitar Arts Center’s dance program offers classes in both classical and contemporary dance, ranging from ballet to hip hop. Students can also explore the dance of many cultures, such as Belly dance, Indian dance and African dance.

Sitar’s partners the Washington Ballet and CityDance teach many of the ballet and modern dance classes. 

The Spring 2012 semester runs from January 30 through May 12 and you can read the Spring 2012 schedule of classes here.

For details on Sitar’s programs, the registration process, and tuition, see the Sitar Arts Center listing above in the Multidisciplinary Arts section.

The Washington Ballet

Two Locations in DC:

3515 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 362-3606
E-mail: info@washingtonballet.org
Website: www.washingtonballet.org
Ages: 4 to 18 (and adult)

THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus)
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: (202) 889-5901       
E-mail: ktoews@washingtonballet.org
Website: http://www.washingtonballet.org/thearc and www.thearcdc.org
Ages: 4 to 18 (and adult)

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) is recognized nationally and internationally for its classical training and dedication to excellence in dance and dance education.

The school trains more than 500 students each year at its studios on Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest and an additional 300 students at its campus in Southeast Washington, housed at THEARC.  The Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia, provides a third campus for the school, serving 50 more young students.  Read here for classes at all TWSB studios.

The Washington Ballet at THEARC

The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) at THEARC curriculum includes creative movement, pre-ballet, boys’ classes, and a graded program for children through young adulthood, many of whom wish to pursue dance as a career. 

TWSB’s state-of-the-art facility at THEARC includes two studios, dressing and locker rooms, and a 365-seat theatre, where The Washington Ballet performs its famed Nutcracker with select students from The Washington School of Ballet in the production.

Read here (scroll to the bottom) about classes such as creative movement, ballet, African dance and hip hop.

TWSB programs run for a full school year, September through June. The school will re-open registration mid-year based upon class size and availability. Here is the 2011-2012 schedule at THEARC.

Tuition is based on the information provided on the Income Assessment of one’s registration packet.  The Washington Ballet at THEARC uses a sliding scale of household income and family size to determine the payment group. From there, the tuition is calculated based on the number of classes a student enrolls in.

Theater

Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW  (Directions)
Washington, DC 20024
Tel: 202-554-9066
E-mail: arena@arenastage.org
Website: www.arenastage.org   
Ages: Grades 7 to 10               

The Voices of Now Mead Ensemble at Arena Stage is a prestigious program for dedicated, driven students in grades 7 to 10.  Acceptance into the ensemble is not based on artistic talent.  Rather, it is based on students’ energy, listening skills and ability to work well with peers.  Students are expected to approach the program with discipline, focus and commitment.                   

Participants meet at Arena Stage to form an ensemble of student artists where they create and perform an original one-act play.

The program is on Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm and runs January 14 to May 12.

Tuition is $600 and financial aid is not available at this time.       

Register on-line here. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due at registration and the balance is due January 8.             

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: (202) 547-6839
E-mail: info@chaw.org
Website: www.chaw.org                  
Ages: Grades K to 6

 The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum of classes, performance, and exhibition opportunities for preschoolers, youth, and adults.                  

Types of theater classes offered this Winter/Spring include:       

For complete information on theater and all arts classes at CHAW, including full schedule and registration information, go to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop entry under the Multidisciplinary Arts section at the top. 

The Children’s Theatre Workshop
6925 Willow St., NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20012
Tel: (202) 321-0779
E-mail: performingartstrainingstudio@yahoo.com
Website: performingartstrainingstudio.com
Ages: 5 to 16 (and adults)

The Children’s Theatre Workshop (TCTW), the youth division of the Performing Arts Training Studio, offers acting, musical theatre, dramatic writing and directing classes for youth ages 5 to 16 at its Takoma DC location.  TCTW’s philosophy emphasizes process, creativity, discovery, leadership and fun while not forsaking the value of performance.  

The Winter 2012 classes for students ages 5 to 16 are held on Thursdays and Saturdays and run from January 14 to March 10. Through theatre games, monologues, and ensemble work the students will strengthen skills in confidence, observation, vocal range, physical control, concentration, public speaking, reading comprehension and play analysis. 

Below are the classes offered this Winter. Read the class descriptions here and register on-line here

Little Thespians (ages 5 to 8):
All the World’s a Stage – Scenes
Creative Drama Improv

Adventurous Thespians (ages 9 to 12):
Staging Dr. Seuss Comedy Acting
Actor’s Playground – Scenes

Junior Thespians (ages 13 to 16):
Creative Drama Improv Acting Class
 
GALA Theatre’s Paso Nuevo
3333 14th Street, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 234-7174
E-mail: pasonuevo@galatheatre.org
Website: www.galatheatre.org/pasonuevo-mission.php
Ages: 12 to 18

Paso Nuevo is GALA Hispanic Theatre’s unique after-school performance workshop for youth ranging from age 12 to 18 years old. While incorporating aspects of acting technique (including voice and movement), the focus is on individual creative expression and performance in a safe, collaborative environment. Theater is used as a tool for enhancing self-esteem, developing language and communication skills, strengthening cultural identity, increasing academic and vocational skill sets, and promoting literacy in both English and Spanish. The workshop runs in cycles that culminate in a public presentation.

Paso Nuevo is a part of GALA’s Creando en Comunidad (Creating in Community) program designed to introduce youth and families to the power of art, enhancing communication across generations and building a stronger neighborhood.

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
733 8th Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: (202) 824-0458
Website: www.theatrelab.org
Ages: 6 to 19 (and adults)

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts is the Washington area’s most comprehensive theatre training center, providing theatre education to more than 1,000 adults, teens and children in the DC area each year.

Courses and programs, all taught by professional theatre artists, include year-round classes for adults in acting, playwriting, directing, musical theatre, and drama criticism, as well as summer acting and musical theatre camps for youth.

Here is the Winter/Spring 2012 Course Catalog and below are the youth classes offered:

Register for classes here.

The Theatre Lab offers numerous scholarship awards for disadvantaged youth. Get financial assistance information here.

Young Playwrights’ Theater
2437 15th Street, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 387-9173
E-mail: njost@yptdc.org
Website: www.yptdc.org
Ages: Grades 8 to 12

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) teaches students to express themselves clearly and creatively through the art of playwriting. Through interactive in-school and after-school programs, YPT activates student learning and inspires students to understand the power of language and realize their potential as both individuals and artists. By publicly presenting and discussing student-written work, YPT promotes community dialogue and respect for young artists.

Want to put YOUR story on stage? Be a part of this year’s Young Playwrights’ Workshop for students in grades 8 to 12 every Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at YPT’s studio space. Download the application here. For more information, contact Nicole Jost at njost@yptdc.org.

YPT conducts the After-School Playwriting Program at partner schools and community centers. The program develops students’ creative expression and collaboration by exploring theater as an ensemble.  If you are interested in bringing the In-School or After-School Programs to your school or center, contact Nicole.

Visual Arts

ARTLAB+
Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum
7th Street and Independence Ave, SW (Map)
Washington, DC 20560
E-mail: kassingera@si.edu
Website: artlabplus.si.edu
Ages: 13 to 18

ARTLAB+ at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum is a digital media studio that gives local teens the opportunity to become integral members of a design team. They create new visitor experiences at the Hirshhorn, taking their inspiration from its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. ARTLAB+ designers hone crucial twenty-first century skills as they make videos, animations, wikis, games, podcasts, and more. By the end of every project session, the design team has created a unique product that enriches the museum experiences of other visitors and showcases each teen’s creative growth.

After-school, weekend, and weeklong ARTLAB+ workshops are held year-round to accommodate a wide variety of schedules.  Classes for ages 13 and up, regardless of experience, are free. Go here to register for classes.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: (202) 547-6839
E-mail: info@chaw.org
Website: www.chaw.org          
Ages: Grades K to 6        

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) offers a multidisciplinary curriculum of classes, performance, and exhibition opportunities for preschoolers, youth, and adults.                  

Types of visual arts classes offered this Winter/Spring 2012 include:       

For complete information on visual arts and all arts classes at CHAW, including full schedule and registration information, go to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop entry under the Multidisciplinary Arts section at the top.

Corcoran ArtReach      
THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus)
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE (Directions)
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 889-5901       
Tel: E-mail: tmalik@corcoran.org
Website: www.thearcdc.org
Ages: 8 to 18

Corcoran ArtReach at THEARC provides free arts instruction such as family workshops, after-school and summer art classes based on the Corcoran’s renowned collection. ArtReach makes a special effort to foster visual literacy, critical thinking skills, and creative expression among its participants while encouraging them to develop meaningful connections between art and their lives.       

In addition to ArtReach, the Corcoran oversees the Community Gallery at THEARC, which serves as an exhibition venue for program participants, local artists, community organizations, and schools.       

Corcoran ArtReach also provides art classes at Sitar Arts Center (see below). 

The Children’s Art Studio
4723 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 247-1155
E-mail: childrensartstudio@gmail.com
Website: www.childrensartstudio.org
Ages: Pre-school through Fifth grade

The Children’s Art Studio is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that children reap tremendous emotional, intellectual and developmental gains from making art and that this opportunity should be made available to all children regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

The quality of the instruction is a core characteristic of the program.  Each student is given individual attention, and special care is given to the development of their talent.  

The Winter 2012 session of 10 classes starts on January 10. Classes include “My Grown-up and Me,” “Afternoon Art Class for Nursery School Children,” and “Introduction to Art Making for First Through Fifth Graders.” Read about all classes here.

Fillmore Arts Center
See above in the Multidisciplinary Arts section.

Latin American Youth Center
Art + Media House
3035 15th Street, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 319-2293, ext. 1
E-mail: artmediahouse@layc-dc.org
Website: www.artmediahouse.org
Ages: 11 to 18 (and adult)

Art + Media House, a division of the Latin American Youth Center, is a space where the creative abilities of youth are developed through hands-on training in digital media – radio, photography, beat-making, music/poetry, graphic design; and art – drawing, painting, graffiti, sculpture, stenciling and murals. Through the creative process youth develop leadership skills and learn how to collaborate and manage their own projects. They share their ideas with a wider audience through community exhibitions, performances and dialogue.
 
The Art + Media House provides after-school and summer programming for youth age 11 to 18. The facility includes an art studio, digital media lab, recording studio and a gallery for exhibitions. 

Visual arts classes include PhotoTodos (digital photography and video class mentored by Corcoran students) and Art-is-In (Youth work with pencils, pastels, graphite, and paint as well as non-traditional materials to create art pieces based a theme relevant to their lives). Read about all youth programs here.

The registration fee is $15 per session. The registration covers the cost of classes and supplies. Young people can also complete community service hours in lieu of the registration fee.

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Rd, NW (Directions)
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 797-2145
E-mail: register@sitarartscenter.org
Website: www.sitarartscenter.org               
Ages: 6 to 18 (and adult)  

Sitar Arts Center provides multidisciplinary arts education to the children and youth of Washington, DC in a nurturing, creative community where young people discover their inherent talents and gifts. In addition to offering classes in visual arts and digital arts, Sitar also classes in the music, dance, drama, and creative writing.

The visual arts at Sitar Arts Center provide students with an opportunity to gain technical skills while learning to express their feelings through a number of diverse media, including painting, sculpture, drawing and fashion design. Students learn to view their surroundings differently and are exposed to the work of great artists for technique and inspiration. The Corcoran ArtReach is a partner that teaches art classes at Sitar.

Sitar Arts Center’s goal is to offer a technological component to its main art forms. Students at Sitar Arts Center have access to a state-of-the-art computer lab, where they explore classes and individual study in music production, graphic design, web design, and video.

For details on Sitar’s programs, the registration process, and tuition, see the Sitar Arts Center listing above in the Multidisciplinary Arts section.

Creative Writing

826DC
3233 14th Street, NW (map)
Washington, DC 20010
Tel: (202) 525-1074
E-mail: info@826dc.org
Website: 826DC.org
Ages: 6 to 18

826DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

826DC offers free workshops that foster creativity, strengthen writing skills, and provide students with a forum to execute projects they otherwise might not have the support to undertake. 826DC workshops are led by talented volunteers (including published authors, educators, playwrights, and other artists) during evenings, on weekends, and throughout the summer. 

826DC volunteers provide free after-school tutoring in all subjects at the writing center in Columbia Heights.

826DC also offers in-school writing programs for Kindergarten through 12th grade ranging from one class period to multi-week sessions.

Arena Stage
See above in the Theater section.

DC SCORES
1224 M Street, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 393-6999
Website: DCSCORES.org
Ages: Elementary and middle school

DC SCORES uses the combination of soccer, poetry, and service-learning to help increase a student’s level of physical fitness, school engagement, self-worth, and sense of belonging in his or her community. DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for over 800 low-income DC youth at 27 schools.

Every year, the students present their work at the DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, a city-wide spoken-word competition featuring performances of DC SCORES students and their original works of poetry.

Look here to see if DC SCORES is at your school.

Sitar Arts Center
See above in the Multidisciplinary Arts section.

Writopia Lab
Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church
3920 Alton Place, NW (Map)
Washington, DC 20016
Tel: (202) 629-9510
E-mail: Kathy@writopialab.org
Website: http://writopialab.org/writopia-washington-dc.html
Ages: 8 to 18

Writopia Lab runs creative writing workshops for young people ages 8 to 18. All workshops have a maximum of six students and are led by a published writer who has been fully trained in Writopia Lab’s time-tested methodology.

Writopia Lab offers after-school and Saturday 90-minute workshops, as well as spring break and summer intensive classes. In addition to the Tenleytown location in the District, Writopia also has workshops in Alexandria.

Workshops are now in session, but enrollment is ongoing. Writiopia Lab prorates payment for those who sign up after the session have started. Families who cannot pay the full tuition can pay based on a sliding scale.

Young Playwrights’ Theater
See above in the Theater section

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