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Kids' Performing Arts Summer Camps

Do you have a little star who is always stealing the spotlight? Then help them have a truly memorable summer that will enhance their own natural talents by sending them to a great summer camp designed specifically for kids with an interest in the performing arts. Below you can find just a glimpse of some of the top performing arts for kids to help you in your parenting decisions for summer camp.

Camp Bravo:

Camp Bravo offers programs for kids ages 10-18 with an interest in performing arts. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forrest just a couple of hours outside of L.A. Camp Bravo gives kids a chance to explore a variety of workshops and activities in performing arts in a setting that is encouraging and non-competitive so campers get to learn more about their interest, improve their self-esteem and performance ability while having fun and making new friends in a lush natural environment.

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Interlochen Summer Performing Arts Camp:

Offering programs in Dance, Theater and movie arts along with music and creative writing, Interlochen is one of the top choices for a performing arts summer camp for kids in grades 6-12. Sitting on a 1,200 acre in Northwest Michigan, Interlochen offers thousands of students world wide an opportunity to explore performing arts and increase their talents while benefiting from a well respected faculty. And when not engaging in workshops and the performing arts, Interlochen offers plenty of sports and summer time activities for kids to enjoy as well so you know that they are not only getting a quality experience but they will be making new friends and having fun at the same time.

To find out more about how your child can participate in Interlochen's performing arts summer camp check out their site at:

New York Film Academy Summer Camp

If your child has a serious interest in acting and film, then let them learn from some of the top professionals in the field with one of the best summer camp programs in the country offered by the New York Film Academy. With a variety of programs that span from 1-6 weeks for children ages 10-17, the New York Film Academy offers its summer camp programs in four US cities including New York, L.A., Orlando, Florida, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. This is one of the most prestigious performing arts summer camp programs in the world and will give the serious performer an invaluable experience.

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YMA: Young Musicians and Artists:

With quality programs in dance, musical theater, and traditional theater arts, the YMA offers programs for your young actor or actress in grades 4-12. Located in Oregon's Willamette University in the city of Salem, YMA lets your child have a chance to learn from professional performers, enhance their skills, and showcase their talents in a variety of performances.

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Performing Arts Workshop Summer Day Camp:

The Performing Arts Workshop in California offers a summer day camp program for kids ages 5-13 and a more intensive Teen Camp for the theater star in your family. Younger campers will be assisted to explore their own talents and learn the fine art of performance while older students will study acting techniques and learn how to put on a world class production as they make new friends and discover their own potential. With various locations through out the state, this is a great opportunity for parenting your creative child who loves the stage.

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Performing Arts Summer Camps in Orange County

Summer camps for children are a wonderful way to break up those summer days. Your child will learn new skills to enhance their abilities, meet new friends and create wonderful memories. If you have a budding American Idol contestant or a future Academy Award winner, then these are the summer camps you will want your future star to attend.

Orange County Song and Dance Summer Camp
OCSD offers two summer camp options for wannabe singers and dancers. The first camp runs July 5th through 16th (for children 6 to 19 years old) and the second camp runs August 9th through 20th (for children 9 to 21 years old). This extensive performing arts camp offers 60 hours of professional training by some of the industry's best choreographers, vocal coaches, and performers. Classes offered include vocal training; jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and hip hop dance; drama/commercial class; acting classes including improv, drama and novelty. Each participant receives a camp t-shirt and camp photo. Class sizes are limited.

Orange County Song and Dance
5860 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, California 92683
(714) 897-4475

South Coast Repertory Summer Camp
South Coast Repertory offers a summer acting workshop for children in grades 3 to 12. Each participant is placed in groups with other campers of the same age. Summer camp activities include: interactive instruction in voice; character development; movement and more. Parents and friends are invited on the last day of the two week workshop to view a presentation of what the students have learned. SCR also offers a Summer Musical Theatre Workshop where participants will learn vocal instruction; how to interpret music and text; performance techniques and much more.

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 708-5577

The Orange County High School of the Arts Foundation
This high school for the performing artsl is offering a summer arts and enrichment program from June 21 through July 30. Classes offered include Introduction to Creative Writing; Dramatic Writing Workshop; Dance Camp exploring jazz, lyrical, Broadway and hip hop; Ballroom Dancing; Guitar; Opera and Choral; Best of Broadway; Ceramics; Computer Animation; and 3-D Design to name a few. Classes are geared towards students in grades 3 through 12. Each specific class has a particular age group. Please check the school website here for detailed information.

The Orange County High School of the Arts
101 North Main Street
Santa Ana, California 92701
(714) 560-0900, ext. 5630

These are just a few of the many options parents have to choose from for summer camps in Orange County. For a comprehensive listing, please go here.

Summer Arts Festivals in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is a city that offers a bounty of summer festivals and special events designed to appeal to just about every age and range of interests from the Jazz & Ribs Fest to all kinds of musical concerts at varied indoor and outdoor venues to a variety of festivals celebrating different cultures and ethnicities. Some of my own personal favorite summer festivals are those with an artsy and eclectic slant, so I shall offer a few details about several Columbus, Ohio Summer 2009 arts festivals.

The Columbus Arts Festival is an annual outdoor event that takes place near downtown Columbus in early June each year. June 5, 6, & 7 2009 will mark the 45th year for the Columbus Arts Festival. Fine artists from all over the United States will congregate in the Discovery District, a zone of arts and commerce situated near the Scioto Riverfront, the Columbus Museum of Art, and other unique area attractions. Stroll the area and peruse distinctive glass art, textile art, pottery, painting, and more while also being treated to entertainment offered by local musical acts and poets. The Columbus Arts Festival hours are Friday and Saturday from 11:30 A.M. until 10:00 P.M. and Sunday from 11:30 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. Although you will need some spending money if you plan to park in the area, dine at the festival, or purchase some fabulous art, browsing the wares at the Columbus Arts Festival is free.

Another longtime favorite Columbus, Ohio festival, which is also free with the exception of food and personal artsy crafty purchases is Comfest. This eclectic and fun-filled festival sprawls across the pretty green grounds of Goodale Park in the Short North area, offering a quirky assortment of booths peddling arts and crafts and local grassroots politics, a delicious variety of food vendors, and multiple stages lined up with all kinds of local musical acts and other performers. With its distinctive vibe of freedom and community activism and its focus on local live music of all flavors, Comfest has a truly unique appeal, so much so that many festival-goers like to spend the whole weekend there. The motto for the 2009 Comfest is 'Party with Purpose' and it's a byline that makes sense. This festival has been happening since 1972, it is not supported by any corporate sponsors, and it is largely run by a team of committed and passionate volunteers. The 2009 Comfest is scheduled to happen Friday through Saturday, June 26th-28th.

Can't get enough one-of-a-kind handmade art created by indie artists, crafters, and artisans? In that case, you might be especially interested in Craftin' Outlaws, a relatively new Columbus arts festival aka alternative craft fair. 2009 will mark the 5th annual Craftin' Outlaws event; date and venue still TBA. Previous year's incarnations have happened in mid-August at various local venues, usually a hipster-y bar-like locale. For example, last year's incarnation was hosted in the downtown Columbus area at BOMA (Bar of Modern Art), a distinctive and sophisticated eatery slash drinkery slash dance club within an architecturally impressive old church. The event's lucky attendees cold amble up to the bar and buy themselves a tasty libation and then amble through rows and rows of art arts & crafts tables, featuring distinctive wares ranging from the artsy to the kitschy to the vintage to the fine art gems. Handcrafted jewelry, hand dyed baby clothes, homemade soaps, quirky plush toys, nifty paper goods, delightfully peculiar paintings, and divine mixed media shrines are just some of the goodies to be discovered at Craftin' Outlaws. Craftin' Outlaws offers free admission and is open to all ages.

For even more of an alternative arts & crafts fix, check out a similar and more ongoing event called Artisan Sundays, hosted at Columbus Ohio's own downtown North Market, every first and third Sunday of the months from May to October. More handcrafted goodness in another wonderfully unique setting, Artisan Sundays are also available to all ages and absolutely free to browse. Better yet, make a purchase or two for yourself or to bestow as distinctive gifts and support independent art and commerce in the process.