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Children’s Performances at Wolf Trap Start Next Week!


Play, sing, dance, and learn this summer at Wolf Trap!

Fun for all ages, this summer’s Children’s Performances feature music, dance, and storytelling. Wolf Trap National Park provides a full day of adventure! After the show, explore with Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, enjoy a picnic lunch, or play in the Meadow.

July performances start next week with Dan + Claudia Zanes with Friends, Inez Barlatier, Joanie Leeds, Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo, Elena Moon Park and Friends, and more.

Just added August performers include Sonia De Los Santos and The Okee Dokee Brothers, Yogapalooza with Bari Koral, Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band, FLY DANCE COMPANY: The Gentlemen of Hip Hop, and many more!

Performances will take place at the Filene Center in July and at Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods in August on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays, July 20-August 21.

Visit the Wolf Trap website for the full schedule and to reserve your tickets!  And read about one of our past experiences at Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods here.


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Reserve Your Tickets for Children’s Performances at Wolf Trap this Summer!


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A Safe & Exciting Dance-Filled Summer with CityDance!

Do your kids want to get moving and grooving — and twirling and leaping — this summer?  CityDance School & Conservatory is offering a combination of online and in-person programs for young dancers at the spacious Whittle School & Studios in Washington, DC, and Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.

Ignite your young dancers’ imagination with themed camps, such as Unicorns Camp and Superheroes Camps, and highly specialized summer programs, from Once Upon a Time to Dancing through the Universe! In-person camps include daily dance classes in multiple styles, arts and crafts, and an end-of-week showing for friends and family. Online camps provide dancers with daily classes in hip hop, ballet, modern, jazz, and tap.

CityDance is also offering 3 Week Sessions of Creative Movement and Pre Ballet throughout the summer for ages 3-6!  Classes will be offered as a hybrid model with the option of enrolling online or in-person.

Dancers ages 10 and up can elevate their technique and learn challenging choreography in summer programs such as DanceUP and Musicals & More!

Learn more about all of the programs and register here.




Looking for pre-professional training for your child? Audition for CityDance School & Conservatory Summer Intensives!

CityDance School & Conservatory summer intensives provide challenging training in classical and contemporary techniques, world dance forms, dance history, improvisation/composition, and repertory. PHILADANCO! and Koresh Dance Company join the ranks of world-renowned guest artists coming to DC, Maryland, and online platforms this summer!

Intensives are open to dance students ages 8 to 20. Each intensive requires an audition.  See the Intensives schedule and sign up for an audition on Friday, June 11, here.

A COVID-19 Health Safety Plan has been adopted in accordance with federal, state, and local government regulations to ensure a safe and fun summer.

More information is available on the CityDance website.

Adult Dance Classes 

Parents can move and groove too! CityDance is offering adult classes online and in-person including Contemporary, Body-Friendly Ballet and Hip hop.

Learn more here!


This post is sponsored by CityDance, however, I only promote programs, places, and services that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.  Photo credit: Taylor Mickal Photography, Video Credit: Shannon Braine Videography

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A Musical Theatre Summer Experience Like No Other with Young Artists of America


You may have heard of Young Artists of America before. They’ve been voted as a top summer camp by Washington City Paper and Bethesda Magazine readers for many years in a row. Their productions have won Regional Emmys, and their year-round programming was named “Best Youth Music Program” (Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda 2020) and “Best Performing Arts Education for Young Artists” (MD Theater Guide 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards).

With the pandemic, they have been pivoting quickly, thinking creatively with safety first – offering virtual classes as well as fully-staged digital musical theatre productions that include filmed, in-person performances and virtual performances edited together. They were recently featured on Fox5 for one of these productions, their upcoming presentation of Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS, partially performed literally in the woods!

So, if you are looking for a summer program for your performing arts tween or teen, check out what YAA is offering! They have two different programs this summer:

Conservatories is a full-day, on-campus or hybrid model that focuses on the artistic process plus applied training in Acting, Dance and Voice, culminating in a fully-staged digital musical theatre production (RENT, Cabaret, The Little Mermaid, Jr., and Madagascar, Jr.) at the end of each session. They run from June 25 – July 9 and July 9-23

Academies is a half-day, all virtual model called that focuses on the artistic process to educate aspiring young performers of all levels in the many disciplines of musical theatre. Both of these models have programming for students ranging from 5th grade to college freshmen at all levels. Sessions run from June 28 – July 9 and July 12-23.

You can learn more about both programs here.

If your summer is booked, be sure to check out their year-round programming as well. They offer spring and fall semester training for singers, actors, dancers and instrumentalists as well, and even have one-off workshops (sometimes free!). No matter the program, YAA is known for one-of-a-kind opportunities, truly nothing like anything in the area.

Students learn from top teaching faculty as well as teaching artists, oftentimes right from Broadway. Their students have had the opportunity to work directly with such Broadway legends as Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), Tim Rice (Lion King), and performers the likes of Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Andrews, and Eleasha Gamble, Anthony McGill, and countless others.

In normal times, they produce full-staged, symphonic productions and perform them on state-of-the-art stages like the Music Center at Strathmore and The Clarice. Check out highlights from Les Miserables, one of their last fully-staged productions before the pandemic:

Even more, Young Artists of America has generously offered KFDC readers $100 off registration for new students depending on the program! Use promo code KF100 at check out when you register on their website.


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