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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    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 $420
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    Camp Laureate   
    A fun-filled summer camp featuring a blend of STEAM programs and traditional day camp activities including robotics, hiking, photography, painting, archery, sports, and more! Weekly themed special guests. Lunch included.

    Burlington
    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 6 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $295
    daycampcoed 295 6-14 7BurlingtonOntario
    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 $225
    daycampprogramclasscoed 225 6-14 8Lansing , TorontoRichview, TorontoThe Beach, TorontoBurlingtonDundasGuelphLondonMississaugaOakvilleRichmond HillWaterlooWhitbyOntarioEast-End, Etobicoke, North-York
    Studio PAVAS   
    Studio 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 9MississaugaOnlineOntario
    The Music Studio   
    Your child will love the lessons, classes and camps at The Music Studio. Your child will flourish as they learn musical skills, explore their creativity and develop life skills. Excellence in music education since 1990.

    Islington Village, Toronto
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $100
    programclasscoed 100 4-18 15Islington Village, TorontoOnlineOntarioEtobicoke
    Conservatory of Dance and Music   
    For over 30 years we have been inspiring our students to nurture their passion for the performing arts. Our certified staff and warm, friendly atmosphere make us unique. We offer camps, and dance and music programs.

    Willowdale, Toronto
    Arts: Dance (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $20
    daycampcoed 20 2-12 17Willowdale, TorontoOntarioNorth-York
    The Second City Training Centre   
    Second City's comedy camps are perfect for budding comedians & aspiring actors. Our camps will make them belly-laugh. Watch as improv inspires their creativity, builds self-confidence, and helps make lasting friendships!

    Harbourfront, Toronto
    Arts: Theatre Arts
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $190
    daycampprogramclasscoed 190 7-18 19Harbourfront, TorontoOnlineOntarioDowntown
    Claireville Conservation Area   
    A nature based day camp with a new theme each week.

    Brampton
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 11 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $262
    daycampcoed 262 4-11 24BramptonOntario
    Young People's Theatre/YPT   
    Led by our experienced faculty of professional artist educators, we’re offering a wide selection of classes for toddlers to teens.

    St Lawrence, Toronto
    Arts: Theatre Arts
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $109
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed 109 4-18 27St Lawrence, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts   
    Toronto’s leading Performing Arts School producing over 20 musicals annually. Offering in person and online classes in musical theatre, voice, piano, guitar, dance, acting, songwriting, camps and birthday parties!

    East York, Toronto; Lawrence Heights, Toronto
    Arts: Musical Theatre
    • Ages 4 to 21 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $200
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed 200 4-21 29East York, TorontoLawrence Heights, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-York, North-York
    PSB & Interplay Dance   
    Dance, gym, music, and yoga with certified instructors for ages 2+ from September through June. Camps in July & August, Winter and March Breaks offer fun-filled days of dance, yoga, crafts, games and park visits.

    Centennial-Port Union, Toronto; Leaside, Toronto
    Arts: Dance (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $15
    daycampprogramclasscoed 15 2-18 30Centennial-Port Union, TorontoLeaside, TorontoOnlineOntarioEast-York, Scarborough
    Block 8 Academy   
    Preschool Playfit, Rainbow of Music, French - Camps and Classes for 2.5 to 12 year olds - licensed as daycare so eligible for government subsidies while your kids receive the best in instruction. 2-11 hours per day.

    Port Moody
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $50
    daycampcoed 50 5-12 35Port MoodyOnlineBritish Columbia
    ARTSies Youth Theatre Programs   
    ARTSies provides musical theatre classes, camps, and exciting performance opportunities for youth ages 5 through teens! There's no experience necessary to join our programs.

    White Haven, Toronto; Markham
    Arts: Musical Theatre
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $40
    daycampprogramclasscoed 40 5-17 38White Haven, TorontoMarkhamOntarioScarborough
    Randolph Kids Performing Arts   
    One-of-a-kind performing arts summer camps! Led by industry professionals who inspire creativity, skill building, and fun. Musical Theatre, Dance, Acting, Movies & Media, Singing & Songwriting for all ages and abilities.

    South Annex, Toronto
    Arts: Theatre Arts
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $375
    daycampprogramclasscoed 375 5-16 41South Annex, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Athlete Institute   
    Athlete Institute offers a range of Overnight and Day Camps for youth of all ages and skill levels. Basketball, volleyball and multi-sport camps for girls and boys ages 5-18.

    Orangeville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $350
    daycampcoed 350 5-18 42OrangevilleOntario
    Drayton Entertainment Youth Theatre Programs   
    Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy gives youth a chance to have fun, meet new friends, build life-skills and train in singing, movement & scene work.

    Waterloo
    Arts: Performing Arts (multi)
    • Ages 8 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, PA Day
    • from $395
    daycampprogramclasspadaycoed 395 8-18 44WaterlooOntario
    After-school and weekend programs with some performing arts activities
    Code-it Hacks   
    Blend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto
    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $450
    daycampcoed4504-171Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    YMCA of Oakville   
    YMCA of Oakville Child and Youth Programs and Summer Day Camps are offered at several locations across the community with activities including swimming, day trips and more. Learn more!

    Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $200
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    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
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 2.5 to 14 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $435
    daycampcoed4352.5-143Don Mills, TorontoOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    Camp Nominingue   
    An English boys' camp in Quebec, Camp 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 son's summer adventure begins!

    Mont-Tremblant
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 ( Boys)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $1,134
    overnightcampallboys11347-164Mont-TremblantOnlineQuebec
    InterVarsity Circle Square Ranch Big Clear Lake   
    Circle Square Ranch is a life-changing Christian summer camp for kids 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
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $625
    overnightcampcoed6256-165HamiltonHuntsvilleLand O' Lakes Tourist RegionOntario
    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 $199
    virtualprogramcoed1995-1310Forest Hill, TorontoKingsway Park, TorontoLansing , TorontoCambridgeGuelphHamiltonKitchenerLondonWaterlooOnlineOntarioEtobicoke, Midtown, North-York
    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 $275
    programclassvirtualprogramcoed2757-1411Don Mills, TorontoMarkhamMississaugaOnlineOntarioNorth-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
    overnightcampcoed6005-1612LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    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 $350
    overnightcampcoedallgirls3507-1813Thetis IslandVancouverBritish Columbia
    Empower Learning Centre   
    Join our summer camps at Empower Learning Centre! Engage in fun activities, develop new skills, and make lasting memories. Limited spots available. Register now!

    Mississauga
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $110
    daycampcoed1102-1814MississaugaOntario
    Camp Qwanoes   
    Camp Qwanoes is a youth-focused high adventure Christian residential camp that exists to love kids to life like no other. Summer camps for ages 8-18 and leadership programs starting at age 15. Over 75 activities.

    Vancouver Island
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $693
    overnightcampcoed6938-1816Vancouver IslandOnlineBritish Columbia
    Gracefield Christian Camp   
    Come to camp at Gracefield! We offer exciting overnight camp programs for youth ages 7 to 17. Each week campers participate in a variety of activities and games suited to their age and interests.

    Gracefield
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $475
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    Kingsway School of Music   
    Music Education. Private and Group classes for all ages and all levels. Specializing in strings (violin, viola, piano, cello, double bass and guitar). Highly qualified and professional teachers. Quality Instruction.

    Kingsway Park, Toronto
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 99 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $200
    daycampcoed2002-9920Kingsway Park, TorontoOntarioEtobicoke
    YMCA Wanakita   
    A co-ed camp offering Overnight Kids Camp, Day Camp and year-round Family Camps. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, tripping, a sense of belonging and fun. Come have the time of your life!

    Haliburton Highlands
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $940
    daycampovernightcampcoed9407-1621Haliburton HighlandsOntario
    Three R's Academics   
    Boost your child's Mathematics, Reading and Writing skills. Programs are designed to engage children in a fun and active way through instruction, play and collaboration. One-t0-one support may also be available.

    Oakville
    Education: Academic/Tutoring (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 10 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $140
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    YMCA Camp Pine Crest   
    With 100+ years of overnight camping excellence, we provide programming for campers who want to gain independence, interact with nature, make friends , and develop leadership skills. Overnight canoe trips are a staple!

    Torrance
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $375
    overnightcampcoed3755-1623TorranceOntario
    Oscar Peterson School of Music   
    The Oscar Peterson School of Music has March Break and Summer day camps for ages 4 to 18! Our camps include exploration musicals and singing, piano, band, and rock band, and a summer vocal program for teens!

    South Annex, Toronto
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $500
    daycampcoed5004-1725South Annex, TorontoOntarioDowntown
    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   
    SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts! We offer great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and a core of incredible arts programming, all set on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

    Canning
    Arts (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp, Program
    • from $345
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    COC Summer Music Camp   
    Create, Compose, Design, Perform! Explore music and the performing arts through our innovative and engaging Summer Music Camps held at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts!

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; East York, Toronto
    Arts: Performing Arts (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $395
    daycampcoed3956-1828Bay Street Corridor, TorontoEast York, TorontoOntarioDowntown, East-York
    Trio Danceworks   
    We offer recreational and intensive Summer Dance Camps at our Kanata dance studio. These camps are the best way to join our studio.

    Kanata
    Arts: Dance (multi)
    • Ages 2 to 99 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program
    • from $178
    daycampprogramclasscoed1782-9931KanataOntario
    Radiant Girls   
    All-Girls Leadership & Wellness events led by professional coaches, school teachers, & female leaders. Camps featuring Adventure, Arts, Horses, Spa, Fitness, Leadership, Business, Friendship & Emotional Intelligence

    Burlington; Guelph; King
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp, Day Camp, PA Day
    • from $179
    overnightcampdaycamppadayallgirls1798-1632BurlingtonGuelphKingOnlineOntario
    Out to Play   
    Learning and connecting through play! A Forest and Nature School offering outdoor arts, storytelling, daily hikes and play in forests and meadows. Experienced educators. Easily accessed from downtown Ottawa and Kanata.

    Ottawa
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $360
    daycampcoed3604-1233OttawaOntario
    Appleby College Summer Programs   
    Located on our beautiful 60-acre lakeside campus in southwest Oakville, Appleby Summer Programs offer day camp, overnight (NEW) enrichment, leadership and credit program options for campers and students ages 4-17.

    Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $550
    programclasscoed5504-1734OakvilleOnlineOntario
    Allegro Academy of Music   
    This Thornhill summer music camp offers daily music classes : MYC, Drama, Singing. Yoga and music kids games.

    Don Mills, Toronto
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 3 to 100 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $25
    programclasscoed253-10036Don Mills, TorontoOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    Sparrow Lake Camp   
    Since 1912! Sparrow Lake Camp is a traditional Co-Ed Summer Camp where all are welcome, all are valued, and all belong. Overnight camps for kids 6-16, as well as our friends and family 'Holiday Camp' for all ages!

    Orillia
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $890
    overnightcampcoed8906-1637OrilliaOntario
    Camp Cherith - Lanark   
    A co-ed, interdenominational, skills-based Christian camp that promotes discovering Christ within the context of His creation and develops young leaders.

    Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 19 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $139
    daycampovernightcampcoed1394-1939OttawaOntario
    Neighbour Note Music Camps & Lessons   
    Toronto's premier camps run by University Professors, TDSB Teachers, and extraordinary Musicians! (PhD, DMA). Our Rock Band camp instructor performed for over 10 000 people when his band opened for KISS in Mexico City!

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto
    Arts: Music (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $425
    daycampcoed4255-1840Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patience & empathy. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,950
    overnightcampcoed29505-1743Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    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.

    Leslieville, Toronto; Minden
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,595
    overnightcampcoed35956-1645Leslieville, TorontoMindenOntarioEast-End
    Campfire Circle   
    Campfire Circle brings healing through happiness to kids and families affected by childhood cancer or serious illness through our in-hospital, community, and overnight camp programs, at no cost to families.

    Downtown West, Toronto; Parry Sound; Southern Niagara Region
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 1 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $1
    daycampovernightcampcoed11-1846Downtown West, TorontoParry SoundSouthern Niagara RegionOntarioDowntown


     

    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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