Most parents feel convinced their child
has a flair for the dramatic!
Christine Denning, Owner and Director of Kidz Act is making a career out of cultivating and nurturing a child's natural love of performing.
Kidz Act offer public acting classes for children, beginning at age four to teens.
The team at International Beauty Salon prepares aspiring models to grace the fashion catwalk and pageant stage with comprehensive courses in modeling, pageantry, acting, and etiquette. Beyond hands-on lessons in posing and smelling like a fashion magazine, the courses cover professional necessities such as portfolio building and self-marketing. Once models have graduated, the instructors often provide work opportunities and agency interviews to those who qualify. Their two-hour workshops focus on specific areas of modeling, whereas their five-day summer camps for teens cover a different aspect of modeling each day.
Popcorn Media gives kids the chance to experience strutting down the red carpet during their Movie Star workshops and weeklong camps. Attendees soak up the secrets of screen acting from a director who works with Disney and Nickelodeon studios while producing their own unique work. They oversee each production element that goes into a film's creation, from lighting and filming to rehearsing and giving their parents an autograph. At the end of each camp, kids attend a red-carpet premier of their work amid the applause of friends and family.
The Metropolitan School of the Arts - formerly the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center - was founded more than 14 years ago. This multidisciplinary performing-arts organization takes a holistic approach to teaching and encouraging performance-arts skills, creating performance opportunities in dance, music, and theater for a diverse population of students of all ages and abilities. Its students have gone to perform on Broadway, at The Juilliard School, and in highly esteemed companies, such as the Mark Morris Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, and Ford's Theater and Signature Theater. Youth programs include year-round programs in dance, theater, music, music-theater, and acting, as well as a performing-arts program in the summer, all for children as young as 2. Adult classes range from basic to advanced, including ballet, jazz, and tap lessons, plus yoga and ballet-barre fitness workouts.
For over a decade, The Art Institute of DC has welcomed students?those seeking degrees and those just taking a class or two?to its classrooms, located just across the street from the Rosslyn Metro station.
Some of those classrooms smell positively delicious; the facility houses three teaching kitchens, a dining lab, and a student-run restaurant helping budding culinary experts develop their palates, knife-skills, and knack for making cauliflower appetizing. Other students master graphic and web design, fashion marketing, and photography, and interior design students get to illuminate things?literally?in the lighting lab.
To showcase the work of its young scribes, once a year Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts its New Play Festival, providing an opportunity for budding playwrights to see the fruits of their creative labor flourish on stage. Watching their work as it's performed for an appreciative audience may be a student's first taste of artistic accomplishment, substantiating in them a desire to expand their horizons academically and creatively. The students collaborate with professional actors, dramaturges, and directors to produce 15 student-written plays during three nights. In addition to its benefits to the writers as individuals, the festival—which audiences attend free of charge—enhances public regard for young artists and fosters a dialogue regarding matters of vital importance to the community.