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Fall Classes for All Ages at Synetic Theater!

 

Are you looking for theatre and ballet classes for kids (or yourself) in Northern Virginia?  Synetic Theater, a center for American Physical Theatre and presenter of some of the area’s most magical plays, offers an exciting array of classes for children of all ages — as well as anyone interested in cultivating an active and creative life.  Here are programs available this fall, beginning September 24!

 

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Magic of Disney
1st Grade – 5th Grade
September 24 – November 5 | Saturday, 9-10am
Tuition: $250
Instructor: Ashton Schaffer

It’s a Whole New World with this acting class for elementary aged students. Each class will be themed off of a different Disney movie with games and activities tailored to the theme each week. Students can sing, act, and dance their way to the ball in this one of a kind acting class! They will learn how to use their imaginations to create new and exciting worlds and characters. Themes include Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Big Hero 6, and so many more! Grab your pixie dust and imagination and get ready to never grow up.

Spies in Disguise
6th Grade – 8th Grade
September 24 – November 5 | Saturday, 10–11am
Tuition: $250
Instructor: Ashton Schaffer

Calling all secret agents! There is an enemy that must be found and captured. In this seven-week class, students will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to be a spy…. a physical theater spy, that is. Students will learn secret tumbling tricks, create epic spy gear, and hopefully save the world. This class is open to any middle school age student looking to try their hand at acting or improve on their skills.

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Ballet with Synetic Theater
Choreographer and Performer Maryam Najafzada

Beginning Ballet
Ages 4-6
September 27 – November 15 | Tuesday, 1-2pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available.

Young dancers learn balance, coordination, and beginning ballet steps such as plies, releves, jumps, and turns as they come together to develop a lifelong love of dance. This class culminates in a shareformance of warm-ups and a short dance piece. All classes are limited to 8 participants.

Elementary Ballet 
Ages 7-12
September 30 – November 18  | Friday, 4:30-5:30pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available.

This multi-age class teaches fundamentals of ballet through barre, center, and across-the-floor. Young artists learn alignment, strength, agility, and ballet technique through a wide variety of exercises, stretches, and dance combinations. The class culminates in a shareformance of a short dance piece. All classes are limited to 8 participants.

Teen/Adult Ballet
All levels
September 27 – November 15 | Tuesday, 2:30-3:30pm
Tuition: $300 | Need-based scholarships available.

Perfect for adults returning to ballet or anyone who wants to improve their core strength and posture, strengthen their back muscles to reduce injuries, improve their flexibility, and learn basic ballet terminology. No experience is necessary for this fun and creative class. All classes are limited to 8 participants.

 

All classes take place at the Synetic Theater Studio in the Crystal City area of Arlington.  Learn more and register through the links above. And for more information about Synetic Theater, visit the website.

 

This post is sponsored by Synetic Theater, however, I only promote programs, events, and services that I truly believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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International School of Music: Lessons in All Instruments & Giveaway!

 

Does your child love to sing or pretend to play a guitar? Are they the next Mozart or Justin Bieber?  If your kid loves music — or maybe you want to introduce them to it in a fun way — there is a school whose specialty is just that!

International School of Music, with two locations in Bethesda and Potomac, is the premier provider of music lessons in all instruments and voice to students of all ages and levels.  Their voted best instructors offer customized lesson approach so each child can progress at their own pace and learn the music they love, so playing music is fun and exciting!

Their teaching methods are student-centered and focused on individual learning styles and personal goals to help each student reach his or her full musical potential. With a flexible Musical Ladder curriculum that rewards practicing and achievement, their students get to explore music they are passionate about, whether they play classical, rock, pop, jazz, folk, etc. And with our same-time sibling scheduling, the families enjoy convenience and flexibility!

Music lessons teach kids valuable skills that they can carry with them through life. Children practice basic math when they count the rhythm, reading comprehension as they learn how to read music, and creativity as they figure out how to express themselves. Bonus: They also benefit from better concentration, self-discipline, self-expression, and confidence. Even more, all of these skills are mixed in with fun music making!

Check out the International School of Music website to see how you can book an introductory lesson for your child, try classes yourself, or make it a family affair!

Call the International School of Music at 301-365-5888 to book an introductory lesson or CLICK HERE to claim 50% Off Registration!

 

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GIVEAWAY! Three KFDC readers can win a half-hour private music lesson at the International School of Music in any instrument or voice with one of their amazing teachers! Want a chance to win? Simply leave a comment below telling me what kind of music your child loves to listen to. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! Contest is open to new students only. This giveaway will run through September 14, 2022, then the winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

For more information about International School of Music and its programs and performances, visit their website.

 

This post is sponsored by International School of Music, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Fun for FALL at Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage has been a beloved and trusted theatre for 43 years! Their fall classes provide an ideal setting for nurturing creativity, exploring the arts, and making new friends and great memories.  Registration is now open for 6- and 10-week classes as well as one-day workshops in acting, musical theatre, performance, dance, and filmmaking for ages 1-18. They are conveniently located in Bethesda, just minutes from the Metro.

The skilled and fun-loving teaching artists are dedicated to the Imagination Stage mission of empowering all young people to discover their voice and identity through the performing arts. Financial aid is available.

For full class information, visit the website.

 

Early Childhood Classes
Check out some of the classes and workshops for children ages 1-5, which focus on providing fun and developmentally-appropriate experiences!

You & Me: On the Farm (12-23 months)

Saturday Song Circle: We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt (ages 1-5)

Sunday Fun Day: Not Quite Narwhal (ages 1-5)

You & Me: Creating with Color (24-36 months)

Heroes, Royalty, & Dragons (ages 3-4)

NEW Drama & Music/Drama & Música (Bilingual) (ages 4-5)

Broadway Boogie (Ages 4-5)

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Elementary School Aged Classes
Kids can embrace the fun, whether they’re dancing to Disney tunes or learning comedic timing 101!

Creative Drama: Star Wars Adventures (grades K-1)

Drama and Music: Jungle Tales (grades K-1)

Mini Broadway Song & Dance (grades K-1)

Creative Drama: Myths and Magic (grades 2-3)

Comedy Kids (grades 2-3)

Dance: Newsies (grades 2-3)

FUNdamentals of Musical Theatre (grades 4-5)

Improv Theatre Games (grades 4-5)

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Teen Classes
Middle and high school aged students have a chance to hone their skills and have some fun in Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre, Training and Performance, Filmmaking, or Access classes!

NEW Freedom Choir (grades 5-12)

FUNdamentals of Filmmaking (grades 6-8)

“Have at Thee!” – Shakespeare Scenes & Combat (grades 6-12)

Dance Academy: Technique and Flexibility (grades 6-12)

Voice & Dance: Rock/Pop Musicals (grades 7-9)

Musical Theatre Performance (grades 9-12)

Access Voice Acting (ages 13-21)*

*Imagination Stage provides equitable access to all programming, from added inclusion supports to peer-group access classes in order to provide the most successful experience for each student.

 

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Check it: Silver Knights’ Cyber Monday Sale on Chess Programs for Kids!

Join the Silver Knights online chess club!

 

Silver Knights has been teaching chess to kids at hundreds of schools in the DC area since 2009, instructing thousands of students on the game every week.  For the last few years, they’ve also been doing an online chess club for kids, and they are currently offering a great way to get started.

Between now and Cyber Monday, November 29: Use the coupon code “cyber” when you buy one month, and get the second month free!

How does an online chess club for kids work?  Read on to find out!

1. New students start with a quick assessment to figure out what level classes they should take, from Pawns (how do you play chess?) to Kings (some of the best kids in the state for their age).

2. Schedule your weekly semi-private classes, which look like this:

Classes are offered 25 times a week before school, after school, and on Saturdays, so that you’ll definitely be able to find good (and flexible) times that work for your family. Experienced coaches keep the classes engaging, approachable, and fun for the students.

3. Join as many extras —  like online tournaments (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and broadcast lessons (weekdays) — as you want.

4. Occasional events like tournaments with clubs from other countries, and guests like Anish Giri (picture below, the #7 player in the world and very fun!) on Wednesday, November 24, or Judit Polgar (best female chess player ever).

 

Winter is a perfect time to start chess, and this Cyber Monday sale is a great way to do it (think holiday gift)!  A few more things to know:

  • Cost is $79/month.
  • The club is month-to-month with no long term commitment.
  • Start anytime and stop any time.
  • If you join the club, and for whatever reason it’s not the right fit, cancel in your first two weeks for a full refund.

Sign up here — and remember to use the coupon code “cyber” for your second month free!

Questions?  Email info@skenrichment.com or schedule a chat!

 

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Kids Can Explore the Magic of Opera with Opera Starts with Oh!

 

You and your little ones are invited to what The Washington Post calls, “The best Zoom there is!

Opera Starts with Oh! is a virtual series of live, interactive lessons created by professional opera company Opera Lafayette to introduce young audiences to the magic of opera. Led by teaching artist and professional choreographer, Tamrin Goldberg, and joined by a new guest artist for every session, Opera Starts with Oh! is perfect for families with children in pre-K and up. 

Each month a different opera is explored.  Families can drop in for one or sign-up for every session in the series. And, in an effort to keep the programming inclusive, it’s a pay-what-you-can model!

After the virtual live sessions, participants gain access to Play On! Activities to do at-home and off the screen to keep everyone singing, dancing, and creating. 

Learn more here and explore all of the fall sessions below! 

 

 

Zélindor: King of the Fairies! (Week 2) | October 23, 11am
Journey to an enchanting land with this opera-ballet filled with fairies, gnomes and muses through dance and costume design with professional costume designer Anna Kjellsdotter.
Learn more and register.

Pygmalion (Week 1) | November 6, 11am
Join us and special guest artist, dramaturg Peregrine Heard, as we use storytelling and sculpting to explore a love story about a sculptor’s creation that comes to life.
Learn more and register.

Pygmalion (Week 2) | November 20, 11am
Join us and special guest artist, dramaturg Peregrine Heard, as we use storytelling and sculpting to explore a love story about a sculptor’s creation that comes to life.
Learn more and register.

Orphée et Euridice (Week 1) | December 4, 11am
Journey to the underworld through music and song as we learn about how the talented musician Orpheus set out on a journey to save his love Euridice.
Learn more and register.

Orphée et Euridice (Week 2) | December 18, 11am
Journey to the underworld through music and song as we learn about how the talented musician Orpheus set out on a journey to save his love Euridice with special guest artist, flutist Delandria Mills.
Learn more and register.

 

Meet Tamrin Goldberg, leading teaching artist for all sessions in this short video:

 

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