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Performing and Visual Arts Summer Camps

A Sampling of Programs

Please note: This listing is for information purposes only and does not imply an endorsement or recommendation.

ACTeen offers several summer programs that focus on film acting for teens age 13-20.

Actors Movement Studio holds a summer intensive that focuses on acting techniques that involve movement.

American Tap Dance Center located on Christopher Street, ATDF's camp hours are 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The program offers tap dance summer camp to children and teens ages 5-13 in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Campers learn about the history of tap and film, tap techniques, choreography, attend field trips. The program culminates with attendance of a performance or show.

A Class Act NY offers a Broadway-style acting camp where children ages 7-16 years have the chance to take workshops with Broadway actors. Workshops include musical theatre technique, improvisation, vocal training, Broadway dance, stage combat, and much more. Two program options are available: four days, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and five days, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Applause offers a musical theatre camp for 1 to 8 weeks for students entering K-9th grade. Each week has a new curriculum and campers cycle through classes such as acting, singing, scene study, audition technique, Broadway dance, Hip-Hop, Acting for TV, and costume design. Located on the Upper East Side, camp hours are 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; early drop off is available.

Atlantic Acting School provides a fun and exciting theatre camp in Chelsea. Activities vary based on age group but some activities for ages 5-8 years include mask making, costume play, and theatre games. Ages 9-11 create costumes ans ets and perform a show. Activities for ages 12-13 year inclue Monologue & Scene Work and developing a short film. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ballet Summer Camp at New American Youth Ballet (PDF) provides summer classes in ballet, jazz, swimming, film making, field trips to cultural sites and other fun activities. The five-week program in July and August is for children ages 3-7.

Bank Street offers a Visual Arts Camp for children ages 7 and 8 and Studio Bank Street for ages 8-10. These camps include trips to museums and sculpture gardens. The younger campers participate in more traditional camp activities like swimming as well. For students ages 9-13, Bank Street offers programs in Shakespeare and Musical Theater.

BAX Summer Arts Program located in Park Slope, Brooklyn provides a positive and nurturing learning environment for students entering grades K-6. Each morning, campers focus on the week's theme with guest artists as well as a topic of their own choosing. Choice options include circus arts, tumbling, puppetry, movie-making, and more. The afternoons are spent watching guest performances and participating in a variety of counselor-led activities. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; extended hours are available.

Brooklyn Design Lab, located in Park Slope, offers innovative classes for school-age children in Lego architecture, information graphics and toy design, depending on the week. Campers, ages 8 to 12, learn professional techniques by creating, presenting and discussing art and leave the program with a portfolio of their work. The "Labs" are offered for 2-3 hours each day.

Calhoun Summer Theater offers a two-week program (June 25-July 16) for students entering 3rd-5th grades. Students participate in storytelling, singing, dancing, puppetry, improvisation, and collaborate to perform an original short theatrical production. Located on the Upper West Side, camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Camp Broadway has programs for children ages 6-17 as well as programs for parents. Students will receive instruction from special guests who work on Broadway. Early registration is recommended.

Camp Kids N Comedy pairs students (ages 10-18) with comedians to learn about performing stand-up, comedy writing, improvisation and acting.

Center for Architecture offers five studio programs for different age groups that involve designing and building, as well as integrating pop art into architecture with the help of artists like Andy Warhol. Children enrolled in grades 3-12 are eligible to attend.

Children's Museum of Art has a summer program called Summer Art Colony. The program offers students ages 6-14 years the opportunity to participate in art classes taught by professional Teaching Artist, with field trips to museums and galleries around the city.

Children's Museum of the Arts' Summer Art Colony offers a unique one-week summer art experiences for children 6-12 years old. A sampling of different "colonies" includes: writing, photography, public art, animation, and printmaking.

City Sculpting Summer Arts Program designed for children ages 5 to 18 provides campers the opportunity to tackle a new lesson in the elements of design daily, learning project-based sculpting, life casting, collage and drawing. Younger children work on simpler creations, while older kids are encouraged to take on more detailed pieces. Program hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and families can choose from two locations: the East Village in Manhattan and Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Cooper Union High School Outreach Program is a complement to the school's tuition free Saturday Outreach program for high school students in grades 9-12.

Creative Arts Workshop, housed at the Nightingale-Bamford School on the Upper East Side, offers more than 80 classes, from fashion photography and songwriting to tap dance and improvisation for kids ages 6 to 15. The Today Show's Hoda Kotb, musician Jimmy Buffet and Broadway's Idina Menzel have all made appearances in previous summers. The program hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Curtain Up Kids offers the opportunity for campers to put on a traditional musical or musical revue in an Off-Broadway theater. No experience required; seeking enthusiastic energy and the ability to cooperate with peers. Located in Tribeca, this three-week August camp welcomes children ages 6-16 years during the hours of 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Dance Wave in South Brooklyn provides a Summer Intensive for two weeks in August. Dance Wave offers classes to young adults through the instruction of dance professionals from multiple dance companies. Attendants may take up to 5 classes a day in all different dance types.

Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp offers a 1-3 week day camp program in rock music beginners and experienced players, ages 9-15. Camp locations are in Manhattan, Purchase and Long Island.

The Greenwich House Pottery has a children’s summer program that offers classes to children ages 4-18 various classes in pottery making. Skills that are taught include body making, contour drawing, sculpture making to working on the pottery wheel and glazing.

Guggenheim Museum of Art offers after school and school vacation programs for children ages 8-11 years. Summer programs run for one week during the hours of 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

HiArt Kids offers Culture Bugs Mini-Camp during the summer months. The program runs from mid-June to early August and provides campers, ages 3 to 14, with the opportunity to start the day with a mix of gallery hopping, museum visits and hands-on projects. In the afternoon, campers focus on and explore a specific discipline, ranging from sculpture, anime and manga to performance and painting. Part-day and full-day programs are available.

Interlochen Center for the Arts - Arts Camp is a sleep-away camp located in Michigan for students 8 through 18 years of age focusing on the arts: music, dance, theater, visual arts, and creative writing. Eight week and four week options are available.

The International Center of Photography has a teen summer program that offers photography classes to high school students that accommodate every skill level. The curriculum includes darkroom time, slide lectures, assignments, field trips, and guest artist visits.

JCC Summer Stock Theater Camp offers children ages 10-15 years a chance to act, sing, and dance. During the three week summer intensive program, campers learn acting, theater production and choreography from trained professionals. When the students aren't brushing up on their performance skills, they have access to the JCC pool and attend Broadway shows. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Joffrey Ballet School holds summer camps for children ages 3-8 and summer intensives for children ages 9-12. Year-round classes are also available.

Little Red School House and Elizabeth Irwin High School (LREI) offers a Musical Theater Workshop for children ages 9-14, as well as other summer programs for children ages 4-13.

Manhattan School of Music offers a free 5-week program for NYC public school students completing grades 5-8 who demonstrate musical potential. Morning program hours focus on a rigorous and varied musical curriculum with both group and individual instruction. Afternoon musical and non-musical elective classes follow lunch and recreational activities.

Marymount Summer, offered by Marymount School, provides a variety of summer day programs for kids ages 3.5-13. Special themes for 2011, include camps on world culture, drama, and science and technology.

New York Film Academy offers summer day camps and weekend workshops for ages 10-17.

NYU Summer welcomes high school students to take classes at NYU. The Tisch School and the Steinhardt School both offer a range of arts courses.

Parsons College of Art and Design Pre-College Academy and Summer Programs offers programming for students in grades 4-12 in studio art and a wide range of design topics. Day programs, campus residence, and summer abroad are available.

Poly Prep Country Day School offers the Performing Arts Camp at Poly Prep Country Day School's Dyker Heights Campus. It is a summer program for students interested in singing, dancing, acting, and playing musical instruments.

School of Cinema and Performing Arts is a film program where teens write, direct and edit their on films. Time is divided between classes and hands-on filmmaking. Participants will also hear from visiting professionals in the field. These programs take place in Brooklyn, at Polytechnic University.

School of Visual Arts pre-college program offers courses in photography, computer art, design, and other arts for high school juniors and seniors. Classes are limited to 20; college credits are available.

Summer Camp at the Painted Cloud, located in Brooklyn, invites young creative children ages 4-10 years to examine pop culture in art, try their hand at Abstract Expressionism, build sculptures from recycled materials, dye fabric and take on other artistic ventures. Each day includes a drawing session, playtime and a run through the back deck's sprinkler. The 9 a.m.-3 p.m. program operates during the months of July and August.

Sweet Soul Summer is full day dance and arts camp open to ages 4-12. The program offers rotating dance instruction, classes in art, drama and music, swim days, as well as weekly field trips and interactive performance workshops held by various accomplished NYC artists.

Tada! Youth Theater offers week long classes throughout the summer and during school vacation weeks for students from 1st grade through high school.

Textile Arts Summer Day Camp engages students from age 5 to 12 to learn various fiber and textile arts: weaving, hand-sewing, embroidery, felting, screen-printing, dyeing, and collage. Completed projects may include tapestries, scarves, bags, stuffed animals and sculptures. The camp programs run from 9-5 four days each week and has two locations from which to choose: Park Slope in Brooklyn and West 8th Street in Manhattan.

Third Street Music School Settlement offer music, art and dance summer camps, including a Summer Arts Day Camp for young children aged 3-6 and a two-week Chamber Music Workshop for kids and teens, ages 8-18.

Urban Stages offers an intensive summer theater program for children ages 11-14. Campers receive instruction and training from professional artists and teachers, many with Broadway and Off-Broadway experience.

US Performing Arts Camps, Atlantic Theater Company founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, this company has three performing arts programs in Chelsea for students from 7th grade through college.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts located in Long Island for children kindergarten through 12th grade offers two day camp program options: a 7-week program and a 4-week program. Participants choose a major and minor area of concentration from music, dance, writing, theater, chess, and art. Bus transportation is provided daily.

Visual Arts Camp at Spence School offers a mix of media arts from traditional arts to new technology camp for boys and girls entering kindergarten through 4th grade. Field trips to museums and galleries and conversations with visiting artists, writers, and designers complement the arts program.

Wet Paint! Art Studio provides the Art+Architecture Summer Day Camp, a 2-3 week program in July, for children ages 7-14 to participate in warm-up activities, sketching, hands-on activities, and special activities such as origami and clay projects.

Willie Mae Rock Camp is a day camp for girls ages 8-18 who want to learn how to play instruments, write music, and perform rock music.

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