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Learn Chess with the World Champion’s Academy!

 

Winter is a great season for chess, and you can have two months for the price of one with Magnus Academy’s Cyber Monday chess promotion!  It’s a great gift for either beginner players or advanced students. Formerly called Silver Knights, Magnus Academy has classes for all levels with great coaches!

Magnus Chess Academy has taught 100,000+ kids chess in the area since 2008. Between now and Cyber Monday, November 28: Use the coupon code “cyber” when you buy one month, and get the second month free!

 

How does the online academy work? Read below 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. There are classes Mondays through Saturdays for each level, so that you’ll definitely be able to find good (and flexible) times that work for your family. Take a look at the times here. Experienced coaches keep the classes engaging, approachable, and fun for the students.
3. Join as many big group events as you want — like online tournaments (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays) and bonus lessons (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays).
4. Visits from famous chess players like Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen (see video below from last visit), who is joining on Sunday, December 4! Other guest instructors include Anish Giri, the #7 player in the world and very fun!), Judit Polgar (best female chess player ever, 5 visits this year), and more.

 

 

This Cyber Monday sale is a great way to start chess (think holiday gift)! A few more things to know:

  • Cost is $89/month.
  • The academy is month-to-month with no long term commitment.
  • Start anytime and stop any time.
  • If you join the academy, 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 online@chessacademy.com or schedule a chat!

This post is sponsored by Magnus Chess Academy, however, I only promote programs, activities, and businesses that I genuinely believe in and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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A Virtual Program for Kids on Diversity Awareness with Guest Artist Rafael Lopez & Guest Author Sonia Sotomayor

 

What does disability mean? Do you or does someone you know have a specific disability? Guest Artist Rafael Lopez will lead elementary school students in a virtual program that discusses the history of disability representation on US postage stamps. From Albert Einstein to Lou Gehrig, children will learn more about the many individuals with disabilities that have been honored on a commemorative stamp, as well as the ways—both positive and negative—disabilities have been portrayed by the United States Postal Service. Participants will get to discuss with Rafael and the author of Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, Sonia Sotomayor, what their personal experiences with disabilities have been.

Learn more and register.

 

This post is paid for by the National Postal Museum, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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National Children’s Chorus Academy – Apply Now for Fall 2021!

 

The National Children’s Chorus Academy based in Washington, D.C., provides children ages 5 to 17 the opportunity to learn and grow in an extraordinary musical environment. The country’s leading music educators work with students in small groups weekly to develop their vocal and musicianship skills from the most basic concepts through the college level. Tone quality, breath support and musical expression are cultivated within the individual singers, while working together as an ensemble culminates in an exciting array of performances, presenting world premieres and collaborating with an exceptional roster of professional artists from around the world.

 

Additionally, students have the exclusive opportunity to participate in annual international summer tours, opera camp, and national concerts at premier venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. With a spectacular musicianship curriculum to accompany its first-rate vocal training, the National Children’s Chorus is an unparalleled educational resource for children who love to sing! If your child has musical ability, don’t waste another minute.

Set up a virtual audition todayChildren ages 5 to 17 are invited to apply.

 

Virtual & In-Person Curriculum Includes:
Ensemble Training • Individualized Coachings with Conductors • Musicianship & Kodály Method • Voice Class • Advanced Ear Training • Advanced Sight Singing • Masterclass Series

APPLY NOW to book a virtual audition and attend the online information presentation on August 8!

 

This post is sponsored by the National Children’s Chorus, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

 

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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.

 

This post is sponsored by Young Artists of America, however, I only promote programs, services, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Inspire and Engage with STEM at Boolean Girl Summer Camps — In Person & Virtually!

 

We all need a little inspiration in our lives — especially our kids.  So, get ready for Boolean Girl Summer Camps!  The nonprofit offers both in person and virtual camps that are designed to inspire kids to code, build, invent, and animate.  

Both girls-only and coed camps are offered.  What’s more, they will be safe!  In-person safety measures will include masks, social distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols, and campers can switch from in-person to virtual, or vice versa, to suit their comfort levels.

Why Boolean Girl camps?  Here are 5 reasons!

  1. The camps are fun. At least that’s according to 96% of students who say they would recommend coding camps to a friend and want to take another one.
  2. The instructors are great.  They are female college students majoring in STEM from some of the best universities. 
  3. Kids love the camps.  At least that’s what the 4.8 out of 5 rating indicates.
  4. Parents will tell you.  Some comments from moms and dads:  “Just great instruction!  My daughter loves the class! We love that the ‘all girl’ option is offered, and the experience has really changed my daughter’s mind from not liking coding to LOVING it!”  & “This was the perfect level for my 3rd grader.  She was really engaged with the hands-on activity.”
  5. Why not?  They are flexible.  If  you don’t want to join in person, there are also online camps all summer long that complement the in-person camps.  These camps are taught by the same rockstar instructors and cover the same materials.  You can mix and match in-person and on-line courses. 

 

Now the Details…

Who:
Kids ages 8-13.  All experience levels welcome. Both girls-only and co-ed camps are available.

When:
In DC: Camps for grades 3-6, June 12-16, August 2-6, August 9-13
In VA: Camps for grades 3-8, all summer long
Online camp: all summer long

Where:
Washington, DC:  The Hill Center on Capitol Hill |
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (one block from the Capitol Hill Metro).
Arlington, VA:  Marymount University | 1000 Glebe Road
Alexandria, VA:  Burgundy Farms (must register on the Burgundy Farms website)
For all others, sign up here.

 

 

The Small-ish Print:
Boolean Girl will host in-person camps for Summer 2021 if it is deemed safe by the federal, state, and local authorities, and they are taking reservations now. If forced to close camps due to COVID, they will refund every penny of tuition to you. Read more about their COVID response here.

Camps will implement all recommended safety measures, including masks and social distancing. If you register and change your mind before May 30, you can receive a full refund. After May 30, you can change dates or get a refund, less the non-refundable $50 deposit, up to two weeks before the start of camp. Two weeks before the start of camp there are no refunds, but you may switch to an online camp.

 

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

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