At Applause For Kids, children can cultivate self-confidence and self-awareness through a supportive program that helps them develop singing, dancing, acting, and even costume-creating skills. A talented group of instructors prepares campers for performing in a Broadway-style show over the course of one week, ending with an impressive performance. Several camps are available from June to August, including Willy Wonka and Wonderful Wizards, the jazz- and tap-dance-infused Puttin’ on the Ritz, and the Magical World of Broadway, which showcases characters from Mary Poppins, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid. To ensure optimum skill development, children are divided into groups by age. Children will attend camp between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, while Friday camps start at 10 a.m., with a week-ending showcase performance.
Success as a child actor depends almost as much on parents' managerial knowhow as it does on a kid's acting skills. During three-day weekend excursions at The Acting
Camp?held at the more than 300-acre El Capitan Canyon?aspiring performers and their guardians develop their respective roles in each
youngster's career. Under
the tutelage of John D'Aquino ? a veteran of hits like Seinfeld and Hannah
Montana ? kids refine techniques such as auditioning on camera and improvising.
These sessions culminate in
prepared scenes that groups of campers perform for casting directors, agents,
and managers from networks like Nickelodeon and the CW. Beforehand,
these insiders as well as parents of working child actors meet with parents
to discuss the business end of
the entertainment industry, where money and Beanie Babies exchange hands at a
rapid rate. Amid all these
career-focused activities, The Acting Camp leaves plenty of time for families
to relax and bond with fellow attendees.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Founded by the very well-known Atlanta director, Brandon Thaxton.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Director Brandon Thaxton has always wanted to work with people of all ages that aspire to be great throughout the entertainment industry.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the smiles and inspiration in someone's eyes when they realize that they are confident in everything they do, and that as long as they remain positive they can do anything.
The toddlers, teens, and adults who attend tumbling and dance classes at Broadway Performing Arts Center reap health benefits: they become stronger and more coordinated as a result of their efforts. But there are psychological benefits, too. Students build self-confidence while expressing themselves through ballet or hip-hop, and when hours of practice turns into a successful handstand, they learn the value of dedication. Students who stick with the program can progress to join teams that foster friendly competition.
Organized under the motto, "Putting the people back in people skills," L.A. Say Inc. teaches its students how to excel at interpersonal relations. A published author and trainer, founder Tameka Anderson designs all of the company's programs using her background in criminal justice to infuse each lesson with an imaginative focus on honing interpersonal relationships. Aside from its consulting services, L.A. Say Inc. also organizes kids' theater classes, during which younger students learn how to interact through teamwork and imagination, giving them a welcome distraction from adolescent antics such as launching notes at classmates with slingshots.
Most Popular Service: Dance classes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Capezio, Revolution, Bloch, Theatricals