Performing Arts

Classes vary from term to term. Please check current program schedule for activities available this semester.  
• Ballet & Jazz 
Have fun while learning basic dance steps. Designed for our younger grades, this class introduces children to the basics of ballet and jazz. Students build coordination, flexibility and strength. Each session has standard opening and closing songs and movement sequences, set warm ups, and free improvisation. At the end of the season students present a rehearsed piece with original choreography. 
• Dance Ventures 
This class blends music, creativity, ballet and modern dance basics. Working individually and in groups, children build coordination, flexibility and strength. At the end of the season students present a rehearsed piece with original choreography. A great introduction to bodily awareness and the art of self-expression!
• Flamenco Dance
Explore the sounds, rhythms, footwork, palmas and choreography of this classical Spanish dance form. Through the study of Flamenco, students will acquire physical coordination, grace, discipline, and self-confidence. Discover the joy of dance and self-expression!
• Jazz/HipHop
Alvin Ailey teaching artists are experienced professionals who love to work with children and love what they do. This year we will offer again their popular Jazz/Hip Hop workshop. Working together as a group, students develop an original choreography for a music theme of their choice and then present their specially rehearsed piece at the end of the semester – one of the highlights of our Showcases!
• Tap Dance 
Delve into America’s own indigenous art form and culture. Classes emphasize technique, improvisation and tap dance history.
• Zumba Kids 
Dance to the sounds and rhythms of latin music. A great way to unwind after a busy school day. Energetic and fun!

MUSIC PROGRAM • Students are grouped by age and skill level
• Rock Band ** NEW this Year
Led by Stuart Klinger, founder of the Bandwriting Collective, a music program developed in 2012 that empowers kids, fosters self-expression, and skills acquisition through music. Students work together to create, arrange, produce, perform, and record original music.  Participants receive coaching throughout the creative process. In addition to participation in regular afterschool Showcases, our young musicians may have the opportunity to perform at a prestigious New York City venue at the end of the school year. 
• Guitar Group Lessons
Founded in 2008, EzraGuitar gives children the opportunity to study with some of the greatest classical guitarists in the country while using a learning method designed especially for them. Classes are built on the philosophy of Maoz Ezra, that music should be taught in the “language of children” and tailored to their natural abilities. Students will learn how to read music and master the notes in a range of four octaves. Through a mix of repertoire, including classical, folk, children’s songs, rock, jazz, and original compositions, students will learn to play and enjoy music. Group work emphasizes listening with sensitivity and working together. 
• Percussion/Drumming Ensemble 
Led by one of Third Street Music School’s most experienced percussion teachers, this class will introduce children to a variety of percussion rhythms and styles. African, Brazilian, Caribbean, American/New Orleans/Second Line/Blues, Rock & Roll, are all on the menu. Join the fun!
• Piano Group Lessons 
The Art of Piano Playing Music School has been providing lessons in NYC schools since 2012. Classes are led by professional musicians/performers who follow a special teaching method developed by the school’s founder. Each student will have a keyboard, headphones and ‘Piano Adventures’ music book. Children will learn how to read the musical alphabet and basic music theory. Class activities include musical games and exercises, as well as singing and clapping. Performances will be scheduled at the end of each season. Students are grouped by age and skill level. Beginners welcome!

• Broadway Magic 
Learn from the pros and experience the magic of Broadway! In this workshop, children are introduced to musical theater, a mix of storytelling, song, dance, and choreography. Combining the art of play and the structure of theater technique, students explore creativity while garnering stage skills and learning how to work as a group.
• Imagination & Make-Believe
A fun and engaging way to explore make-believe. This workshop introduces students to the foundations of Improvisation such as character and world building. Using a series of theatre games, we will explore themes selected by our group and work together to create original plays and stories! Students will learn how to perform classic fairy tales (and maybe some of their own too) in traditional and also in unusual ways. Using sound, imagination and theatre games, children quickly learn why the drama kids always have so much fun.
• Improv & Comedy 
Explore the art of improvisation and its importance in both theatrical and everyday uses. Class will consist of playful exercises designed to encourage students to think on their feet and unlock their creativity. Children learn how to create and write their own comic sketches.
• Musical Theater 
In this intensive workshop, students learn the basics of Broadway Theater by practicing scenes from famous Broadway musicals. In addition to acting, improv, song, and dance, students will also focus on specific aspects of theater production including sets, costumes and choreography.