Performing arts programs

Lessons and courses for aspiring singers, actors, and performers


Performing arts programs and classes encourage kids to develop skills in singing, acting, and dancing. Performing arts lessons give kids and teens confidence, as they perform stage plays, dance routines, musicals, and more.  Read more

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    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,785
    overnightcampcoed 2785 5-17 5Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    Shepherd Private Coaching   
    Fall Classes in Performing Arts: structured training in drama, voice, and dance. Participants will explore, learn, and grow as performers in our group classes, and experience attention to detail in our private lessons.

    Burlington
    Arts: Performing Arts (multi)
    • Ages 1 to 99 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $20
    daycampprogramclasscoed 20 1-99 7BurlingtonOnlineOntario
    Glen Bernard Camp   
    A traditional overnight summer camp for girls offering wilderness adventure, sailing, swimming and lifesaving, arts and many other activities!

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $400
    overnightcampallgirls 400 4-16 8HuntsvilleOntario
    Great Big Theatre Company   
    Camps in your neighbourhood ! One-week sessions, performances every week. Our experienced, caring staff will introduce your kids to stage performance & guide them toward self-expression. A great confidence-builder !

    Throughout Ontario (12)
    Arts: Theatre Arts
    • Ages 6 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $180
    daycampprogramclasscoed 180 6-14 11The Elms, TorontoYork Mills, TorontoBurlingtonGuelphHamiltonLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOntarioEtobicoke, North-York
    CBY Music & Performing Arts   
    CBY Music & Performing Arts is Waterdown's number 1 performing arts academy, with programs running 7 days a week across multiple disciplines that seek to enrich, inspire and encourage young people from ages 4-17.

    Hamilton
    Arts: Performing Arts (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $200
    daycampprogramclasscoed 200 4-14 13HamiltonOntario
    Studio PAVAS   
    PAVAS day camps are fun filled days of Art, Music, Drama and Dance. Explore and expand your creativity and performing skills while making friends for life. Grow, Inspire, Belong.

    Mississauga
    Arts (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 14 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $340
    daycampprogramclasscoedallgirlsallboys 340 3-14 16MississaugaOnlineOntario
    After-school and weekend programs with some performing arts activities
    Canadian Contemporary School of Art   
    A contemporary art school that teaches skills and methods to inspire artistic expression for all ages. We offer painting, fashion design, filmmaking, animation, sculpting, architecture and more!

    Leaside, Toronto
    Arts: Visual Arts (multi)
    • Ages 1 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Virtual Program, Program
    • from $40
    daycampvirtualprogramprogramclasscoed401-171Leaside, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-York
    Kandalore   
    Kandalore is one of the finest overnight camps in Canada, providing the best of both canoe tripping and in-camp activities. For over 75 years, Kandalore has given campers the chance to get to know and be themselves.

    Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,290
    overnightcampcoed32906-162MindenOnlineOntario
    Belle Wood Equestrian   
    A traditional summer camp combined with all elements of Horses from horseback riding, leadership skills, fun & games, arts & crafts and so much more! Don't miss out at Belle Wood this summer

    Pickering
    Sport: Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    • Ages 8 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $645
    daycampcoed6458-153PickeringOnlineOntario
    Queen’s University Enrichment Studies Unit   
    Queen's ESU delivers industry-leading virtual and in-person academic University Experience programs for Elementary and Secondary school students.

    Kingston
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 10 to 17 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $219
    virtualprogramcoed21910-174KingstonOnlineOntario
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Pacific   
    One of nine Inter-Varsity Camps, Pioneer Pacific offers Christian summer camp and leadership programs for kids from 7-18, and includes a wide range of activities such as sailing, archery, kayaking and more.

    Thetis Island; Vancouver
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed, Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $285
    overnightcampcoedallgirls2857-186Thetis IslandVancouverBritish Columbia
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life changing Christian summer camp for youth 6-16. We offer a wide range of activities including horseback riding, water activities and climbing. Your summer adventure with friends starts here!

    Hamilton; Huntsville; Land O' Lakes Tourist Region; Western Lanark County
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $660
    overnightcampcoed6606-169HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionWestern Lanark CountyOntario
    Camp Nominingue   
    An English boys' camp in Quebec, Nominingue offers the ultimate outdoor experience: living in a tent with the opportunity of going on wilderness canoe trips. It is the place where your summer adventure begins!

    Mont-Tremblant
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $975
    overnightcampallboys9757-1610Mont-TremblantOnlineQuebec
    Sidney Ledson Institute   
    Trad./Innovative: AM- Math, English, STEM (entrepreneurship, financial literacy, coding, python, web)/ PM- 2-week workshops:Art & Architecture, Animals & Archeology, Ancient Civilizations & Astronomy, and Magic & Mystery

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $420
    daycampcoed4202.5-1412Don Mills, TorontoOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario   
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Ontario is a Christian Summer Camp and Outdoor Education & Retreat Centre located in Ontario, offering programs for children, youth, and students.

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $495
    overnightcampcoedallgirlsallboys4955-1714HuntsvilleOntario
    Brick Works Academy   
    The Best Technology summer camp in the region! Your children and friends are super excited about our Lego Robotics, Minecraft Computer Camp, Pokemon Designer, and YouTube camps! In-person and virtual programs available

    Throughout Ontario (11)
    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 5 to 13 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $250
    virtualprogramcoed2505-1315Forest Hill, TorontoKingsway Park, TorontoLansing , TorontoCambridgeGuelphHamiltonKitchenerLondonWaterlooOnlineOntarioEtobicoke, Midtown, North-York
    YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps   
    The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park.

    Leamington; London; Port Severn
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $600
    overnightcampcoed6005-1617LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    Power of Words Academy   
    Enrichment Writing & Public Speaking Programs offered year round for kids 7-15. Select in-person classes (North York and Mississauga Campuses) or online classes (delivered using the Zoom platform and Google Classroom).

    Don Mills, Toronto; Markham; Mississauga
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 14 (Coed)
    • Program, Virtual Program
    • from $250
    programclassvirtualprogramcoed2507-1418Don Mills, TorontoMarkhamMississaugaOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    Oxford Learning High Park   
    Oxford means a personalized learning experience for your child. Veriety of programs for the students of all ages. Learning takes a fun turn. Our students are excited to learn!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $100
    daycampprogramclasscoed1004-1219Bloor West Village, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    Heritage Park   
    Send your kids on an adventure like no other at Canada’s Largest Living History Museum. They'll go back in time to experience the life of a pioneer child and discover the fun and history of the west!

    Calgary
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 15 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $315
    overnightcampcoed3156-1520CalgaryAlberta


     

    What do kids learn in performing arts programs?

    Performing arts programs give kids and teens experience in singing, acting, and dance, on stage. Above, we list both private and group lessons. Private lessons give young performers in-depth, personalized feedback from teachers. Acting is a main focus of programs, with kids and teens learning skills like characterization, voicing, etc. They also switch between various acting types (voice acting, musical theatre, ensemble performances, etc.) throughout class.

    Dance and vocal activities accompany this acting training in some classes above. Your child learns to perform in dance genres like jazz, hip hop, or acro, while vocal lessons train young singers to hit the notes and project their voice in the theatre. Competitive performing arts classes are suited best for aspiring actors, while recreational programs focus on the fun of performance. Prices for these programs begin at $70, while more advanced programs may cost over $1,000.

    Choosing the right program

    In research, you’ll find a divide between acting-forward programs and dance-forward programs. Both are affordable, fun options. Dance classes often cover genres like tap, contemporary, and jazz. Acting-forward classes focus on children’s ability to create characters in dramatic, comedic, or contemporary roles. Musical theatre classes combine both performance styles. Private lessons hone your child’s individual skills, while camps offer kids and teens opportunities to collaborate. 

    More benefits to performing arts programs

    Performing arts programs develop you into a triple threat, but also offer other benefits you can take into other areas of life. Consider the following:

    • Improved self confidence. Performing helps kids get comfortable with the spotlight. Performances include sketches, songs, and dance routines. Kids develop a sense of what they are good at and what they enjoy. They mature, developing courage and resilience
    • Get the big picture of stage performance. Performing arts programs give campers the opportunity to assume roles backstage. These include lighting, sound, prop master, set design, costuming and makeup, and more. These roles offer creative opportunities just as hands-on and immersive as on-stage roles.
    • Professional preparation. Advanced programs teach kids to prepare for professional auditions and include teaching by and networking with professional actors and teachers.
    • Improve reading skills. In acting activities, your child will write or study scripts, learn how to annotate and dissect them, and memorize them.


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