Atlantic Ballroom's esteemed faculty of trophy-touting toe tappers serve casual and competitive cavorters of all ages and backgrounds. Aspiring Astaires can trip their way through several styles, including Latin, American Smooth and Rhythm, and club-ready dances such as salsa, the hustle, and the awkward head-nod. Group classes are held once a week over the course of a month. Unlike TV crime dramas, each week builds upon the last, with every measured step nudging its way into malleable muscle memories that eagerly anticipate the next installment. Consult the schedule for class times.
A Brand New Day Performing Arts Group helps children tap into their creative instincts and express themselves through dance and acting. A staff of experienced instructors draw from decades of experience in the performing arts to lead hour-long classes for students of all ages and ability levels. Sessions are available for special-needs children as well. Ballet, jazz, and tap lessons teach coordinated footwork, while acting classes build confidence and social skills with scene work, games, and imagined conversations with William Shakespeare.
Shooting Future Stars specializes in propelling children and adults toward their dreams of modeling or acting through acting lessons and professional photo shoots. Helmed by an acting teacher with more than 20 years of experience, the staff helps clients get a step closer to a contract, providing industry advice, headshots ready to be mailed off to agents, and acting classes that instill camera-ready skills and self-confidence.
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.
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.