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Dance, Theater, Music, and Robots: Winter Class Registrations


The new year is coming up, and local arts organizations are opening registration for their winter and spring sessions. Here are seven options for the creative kid:

1. Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

BCM has opened registration on its Spring semester. Pre-registration runs through December 19, and booking before then gets you a 5% discount. Otherwise, enrollment closes on February 10. Classes go from February 11 to June 17, and are divided into Early Childhood (music playgroups and introductions to instruments), Youth (featuring Intro to Piano, Intro to Guitar, Chamber Music, Jazz & Blues, and Home Recording), and Teen (featuring R&B Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Songwriting, Theory & Ear-training). Prices range from $227-450. Programs and registration information available here.

2. Spoke the Hub Dancing

This community arts center offers workshops in Dance (including Ballet, Modern, Tap, Hip-Hop, and Jazz) and Theatre (through the Freestyle Repertory Theatre). Classes begin on February 4, but if you register before January 7 you can get a 10% discount. Prices range from $250-270. Scheduling and more detailed course information available here.

3. Brooklyn Arts Exchange

The non-profit arts organization teaches performance classes to children aged 18 months to 18 years. Classes at BAX are wide-ranging, including Dance (Ballet, Modern, and Hip-Hop), Tumbling, Acting, and Singing, as well as movement and activity sessions for toddlers. The winter sessions runs from January 2 – March 22 and prices vary ($180-580) depending on class and length of session. Financial aid is available (information here). Schedule and registration information available here.

4. The Young Players Theater

The YPT believes in teaching creative skill through play, and their performance arts classes draw on games and improvisation. Their winter/spring session is a long one, running from January 7 to August 17. This semester they are offering Storybook Theater, Stage Tech, Girls POV, PLAYing Shakespeare, Magical Musical, and two bilingual classes: Act in Spanish and Act in French. Prices range from $180-525, depending on class and age group. Read more about each class here, and register here.

5. Juguemos a Cantar

Juguemos a Cantar teaches Spanish by immersion to children ages 6 months to 12 years through play, socialization, music, and academics. The Winter session lasts ten weeks, beginning January 7, with a registration deadline of December 24. Classes include “Let’s Build,” “Fun With Food,” “Science is Fun,” and “Music & Movement.” Classes cost $275, $175 for siblings.  A first-time-only trial class is allowed by reservation only for $15. Schedule and registration information available here.

6. Brooklyn Robot Foundry

The Brooklyn Robot Foundry teaches children the fundamentals of engineering through hands-on learning and creation. Their after-school classes are aimed at kids from kindergarten through 5th grade, with classes divided by age group. These classes include Robot Crafting, Robot Building, and Robot Programming (Intro and Advanced), each $375. The session begins January 7 and classes meet once a week for nine weeks. The Foundry also offers a walking pick-up for students at PS 321 and the Children’s School. Class descriptions, schedule, and registration here.

7. Taro’s Origami Studio

Taro’s is a little different in that it doesn’t run specific sessions (and it also isn’t a drop-off– parents have to stay with the kids), but it’s worth considering. Their “Kyu” teaching method doesn’t focus on creating specific figures, but instead teaches children folding techniques, categorized by difficulty. The kids will earn belts as they master new skills. Children’s classes are 45 minutes long (meeting 3:30pm-4:15pm Tuesday-Friday) and cost $25 per child. If you sign up for three consecutive weekly classes your fourth is free. There is no required age minimum. More information available here.

Photo via Young Players Theater

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