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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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InterACT Story Theatre Presents “The Hero of EVERYTHING” + a Ticket Giveaway!

 

As we soar into September, InterAct Story Theatre is bringing back a fan-favorite show to make the trip even more fun for children — and I have three Family 4-Packs of tickets to see it up for grabs!

The Hero of EVERYTHING explores the importance of teamwork and the perils of trying to do everything yourself.  This action-packed interactive play is performed by three actors on stage and a whole team of superheroes in the audience, who join in to become part of the action to save the day in Citytown City.

Who needs a sidekick or a team when you can do everything yourself, and do it just the way it should be? Captain Everything loves saving the day and doesn’t need anyone’s help to do it. Sure, she has an Amazing Alliance of Superheroes, but no one minds if she just does everything herself. Or do they? What happens when everyone else gets tired of being left out of everything and quits? And what happens when Captain Everything faces something she can’t do? Can she face her fears and cooperate with her team to save Citytown City? Or will it be too late?

Parents come away from the show with activities in the playbill they can use to explore the ideas in the play. Kids come away with an amazing superhero adventure and an invitation to create adventures of their own to share.

The Hero of EVERYTHING will run at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD, September 23-October 2. Public performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Recommended for ages 5 and up, tickets are $13.50 (free for ages 3 and under).

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see The Hero of EVERYTHING  on Saturday, September 24, simply leave a comment telling me your (or your child’s) super power. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page! This giveaway will run through Tuesday, September 20, then three winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

 

This post is sponsored by InterAct Story Theatre, 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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Take Kids “To Sail Around the Sun” & Celebrate National Dance Day!

 

This National Dance Day, September 17, kids can take an enchanting trip across the globe to celebrate movement, music, and the planet we call home.

To Sail Around the Sun,” a catered-to-kids production from Company E, DC’s leading contemporary repertory dance company, is returning to the Kennedy Center Family Theatre. Through dance, live music, and storytelling, the performance takes audiences on one child’s journey to gather all four seasons before dinner time.  The show travels beneath the springtime waves of the Australian shores, through the summertime rainforests of Argentina, among the autumn leaves of Japan, and in the wintry snows of Kazakhstan.

Designed for families and children of all ages, the story unfolds through a mesmerizing performance by Company E dancers alongside live string quartet, Sound Impact.  It’s all fittingly set to Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with a one-hour run time, ideal for young audiences.

There will be two performances of “To Sail Around the Sun” on September  17, at 11am and 2pm.  Tickets are $30 and available for purchase through the Kennedy Center website.

 

About Company E
Using science as a source and art as an inspiration, Company E engages audiences and cultures around the globe and at home with art and education programs, emphasizing international collaborations with the great choreographers, dancers, composers, filmmakers, and artists at work today.

 

This post is sponsored by Company E, however, I only promote programs, places, and events 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.

 

This post is sponsored by Imagination Stage, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Kids Can Make Theatre Magic at Camp Arena Stage this Summer!

 

Do you know a student aged 8 to 16 who’s ready to make theatre magic this summer?   Camp Arena Stage is back in person with its fantastic program that offers kids a fun and comprehensive theatre experience.

Camp is run by Arena Stage, a premiere arts institution and one of the very first regional theatres (and presenter of some of our favorite shows over the years — see a few here, here, and here).   The in-person program lets students learn by doing — expanding their creativity in theater, dance, music, visual art, filmmaking, writing, and more.  With the encouragement and guidance of professional artists and educators, campers have the chance to explore a variety of theatre elements and opportunities to share them with the camp community.  (We know from experience — Owen attended and loved the camp a few years ago, and you can read about it here.)

Camp is held at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and there are two camp sessions this summer, a three-week session from July 5-22, and a two-week session from July 25 – August 5.  All campers, staff, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated.

Ready to get in the act?  Learn more and register here!

 

 

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