Best Performing Arts Programs for Kids

If your kids are looking to make a splash on stage, help them land the part of their dreams with these performing arts and drama classes for kids. Stars in the making will learn what it takes to transform themselves on stage and immerse themselves into a character.

These year-round schools provides instruction in acting, voice, dance, Broadway, and more!

Avenue Road Arts School
460 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M4V 2J1

Avenue Road Arts School provide a wide variety of performing arts programs from preschool to Grade 12. Whether your child wants to perform on the big screen or on stage, you'll find something to suit every need and age group. Programs include: Acting for Film & TV (Grades 4-8, 7-12), Advanced Acting (Grades 7-12), ARAS Musical Theatre Company (Grades 7-12, by audition), Drama (Grades 1-3, Grades 2-5), Little Characters (JK/SK & JK-Grade 2), Musical Arts (3-5 year olds), Musical Theatre Company I (Grades 3-6), Preschool Arts (3-5 years olds). The school offers Fall, Winter and Spring programs as well as seasonal camps. More info

Crow's Theatre
345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON M4M 2T1

Through fun and dynamic theatre games and partner work, young kids can explore their interest in performance while igniting their imaginations and building their confidence. Participants 6-9 years of age will be introduced to the use of breath, voice and movement in performance, while the 10-12 year olds will also engage with simple elements of text and collective creation. More info

Great Big Theatre Company
Serving the Greater Toronto Area

Since 1994, GBTC has been offering classes that provide an excellent, graduated approach to developing skills and confidence in young actors and performers. Young students (ages 6 to 8) work with voice, movement, simple songs and choreography, traditional stories, legends and folktales, and costume elements, to develop basic drama and self-presentation skills. Intermediate-level students (ages 9 to 13) will continue their development through scripted and unscripted work, playwriting, improv, blocking, the elements of stage presentation, character development, and the basics of musical theare. Preschool-level students (ages 3 to 5) work with imaginative play, storytelling, movement and music to develop physical, social and personal skills. Programs are offered at many locations throughout the GTA. The school also offers seasonal camps. More info

Liberty Junction Theatre Inc.
2453 Dunwin Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L 1T1

Liberty Junction Theatre offers performing arts programs for children & teens & adults, including summer theatre camps, musicals, plays, improv courses, acting for TV and film workshops, vocal training, and a Kinder Drama program for young children. Programs help kids & teens develop confidence, imagination & creativity in a non-competitive, friendly environment. Programs include: Musical Theatre Courses - Become a Triple Threat! Act | Sing | Dance, Kinder Drama Acting Course, Kids Improv & Acting Course, and Kids Glee Course. The school also offers seasonal camps. More info

The Second City Training Centre
99 Blue Jays Way, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 9G9

Kids and Teens can take a class with The Second City too! We welcome all experience levels. Kids and Teen Comedy Classes are led by performers/instructors who are experienced working with young students. Includes programs in Improvisation, Stand Up, Acting and more. The school also offers seasonal camps. More info

YPT Drama School
165 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4

Young People's Theatre offer various drama classes, camps and ensemble programs for students in JK-Grade 12. Courses provide children and youth of all levels of experience a chance to express themselves theatrically and discover the power of their own creative voice and imagination, all the while having fun! Weekly classes for all grades are offered Downtown and in Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough. In addition, programs include: Audition Techniques, Actor's Craft, Director's Lab, Writer's Bloc, Personal Coaching and more. The school also offers seasonal camps. More info

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