The toddlers, teens, and adults who attend tumbling and dance classes at Broadway Performing Arts and Gymnastics 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.
The Actor’s Edge transforms understudies into top talent with performance classes and camps that unlock the artist within, build confidence, and inspire new friendships. In the acting camp (ages 7+), budding thespians learn how to breathe life into scripts through scene study, solid character work, and confidence-producing theater games, creating honest and memorable performances without falling back on the common crutch of the spit-take. Students inclined toward song and dance can perfect sashays with musical-theater classes (ages 7–12), which focus on breath, tone production and resonance, and choreography with influences from jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and videos of cats on trampolines.
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.
Atlanta Workshop Players Acting Studio was founded in 1981 as the brainchild of seasoned artistic director Lynn Stallings. Since its inception, the company—a creative springboard for young children, teenagers, and adults—has produced dozens of plays and original musicals. FOX 5 spotlighted the program's fun-filled curriculum, which strives to improve self-confidence in students. Stallings and her husband, Don, get into the act as well, sometimes teaching classes alongside guest artists such as William Shakespeare's ghost.
• founded in 2003 • multi-disciplinary classical approach to arts education • encourage students to become versatile performers who can draw upon a rich pallet of skills, techniques & forms in their artistic expression • nurturing laboratory for personal development • committed to inspiring excellence in young people
In 2011, single mother Ms. James juggled a job, college coursework, and an internship, which left scant funds to spare. But she didn't want her son to miss out on the extracurricular activities offered to his peers. That's why she founded Innovative Arts, Inc., where students from all walks of life can explore everything from Spanish to French to martial arts to science to cooking.