This Summer Sing, Act, or Dance at Performing Arts Camps

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performing arts summer campFilm, dance, acting, or singing, if your child yearns for the spotlight then camp can be their ticket to a summer of fame.

Whether drama or dancing, summer camp for the performing arts are often filled with the magic of theater and professional instructors that offer children real-world experience about “the business.”

Several teen and youth summer programs promise students in Long Beach a chance to express their creativity this summer. Here is an overview of places to find acting camps, dance camps, and more.

Long Beach Shakespeare Company Summer Drama Camp

The LBSC youth program is designed to promote literacy and theater education in a fun and entertaining manner. The summer acting camp provides a training ground for youth as well as adults using a program that includes: acting, dancing, singing, Shakespeare history, improvisation, costuming, set design, sound design, and more. The camp ends with a presentation for parents of scenes from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” LBSC will also teach an Advanced Acting Camp in August. The one-week camp is offered by audition to camp alumni. Find out more about this summer drama camp at

International City Theatre Summer Youth Conservatory

Looking for something fun to do this summer? The ICT Summer Youth Conservatory is a great way for kids from 7 to 15 to learn more about theatre!  This 6-week-long conservatory features instruction in acting, music, dance and movement taught by industry professionals, culminating in a special presentation for parents and friends. The 2010 Summer drama camp takes place July 5 through August 12. Call Sheila Lee at 562-495-4595 for information about the ICT performing arts camp.

Go-FAME Summer Theater Camp 2010

GO-FAME will offer a double dose of two-week summer theater programs. At the full-day camp, participants will work on all aspects of a theatrical production from making costumes to building sets to performing in the show. Campers will receive instruction in acting, dance and musical theater from professionals in theater and entertainment. Camps culminate with a performance on the last day of the session. Performing arts camps are scheduled for August. Contact Kathy McGuire at (562) 884-7077 for dates, prices or to enroll.

Long Beach Ballet Summer Program

The classical ballet academy will lead two Dance Camps this year. The Children’s Dance Camp is a two-week program designed for students ages 5-11 years old. Dancers will attend classes in for ballet, character, jazz, folk dancing and hula; learn about costuming and make-up for performance; create their own dance related art and crafts; all while making new friends. Advanced students are encouraged to audition for the three-week summer dance intensive. The Summer Intensive 2010 provides a full range of rewarding classes with personalized coaching from world renowned teachers.  Each student receives individual attention and has the opportunity to perform in two or three dances during the final studio performance. The Summer Program includes daily classes (Monday through Friday) in ballet technique, pointe, and variations, as well as a sampling of other dance forms such as Russian character, pilates, modern and jazz. In addition, students will take special classes in performance preparation, including stage make-up, costume tips, pointe shoe care, etc. Call (562)426-4112 to learn more about the summer ballet camp.

Kick It Up: Summer Dance Camps

Calling all princesses to a morning of magical make-believe. Dance, song, crafts, dress-up, storytime, games and snacks make this camp perfect for girls ages 4-7. Camps with a different theme each day are open for enrollment Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday in July and August. Reserve a space at the summer dance camp by calling 562-430-1812.

Whaley Park Music & Arts Camp

Recreation leaders at Whaley Park will lead a popular Music and Arts Camp for budding actors and artists, 5 to 12 years old. Young campers will take part in art, set design, acting, singing, and dancing projects as well as participate in games, crafts and sports. They’ll join camp staff in producing and performing original plays for parents and friends. Call 562-570-1710 for information about the Music and Arts Summer Camp.

Acting Classes for Children from Take the Stage

Take the Stage Long Beach will have specialized stage training classes on Saturday afternoons from mid-May through September. Courses for kids ages 8-15 include Improvisation, Scene Study and Stage Combat, Audition and Monologue Technique, and Acting for the Camera and Microphone. For younger kids, ages 4-7, the emphasis is on creative play, public speaking, movement, rhythm and group singing. Courses will be offered at the World Power Martial Arts Studio at 3593 Los Coyotes Diagonal. For details or to register, call (562) 225-8177.

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