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Acting for Young People
Celebrating 15 years of fun, challenging classes for ages 5-adult. After-school programs, weekend classes, summer acting camps, school tour productions and more! ,, Fairfax, VA, 703-307-5332.

Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo Park & Wintergreen Plaza
Professional shows for families, Musical Theatre Training for ages 2-18. Classes, camps & workshops throughout the year. 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD & 837-D Rockville Pk., Rockville, MD. ,, 301-634-2270.

Aidan Montessori School
Montessori Art
For parents or caregivers with children ages 15 months-2.5 years by the end of class. The child who is walking (well) will be exposed to creative expression, providing opportunities for language development, eye-hand coordination and self-expression. , 2700 27th St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-387-2700.

The Alden at the McLean Community Center
Presenting a variety of children's entertainment through its McLean Kids Performance Series of international touring artists. Theater classes and summer workshops available. 703-790-0123; TTY: 711. ,, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA,

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Community-based performing arts center. Home to a diverse group of resident arts organizations including theater and dance companies, symphony orchestras, choral groups and arts education programs. , 13333 H St., NE, Washington, DC, 202-399-7993.

The Historic Avalon Theatre
The Avalon presents musical and dramatic theater, symphony orchestras, a wide variety of national musical acts, classic film screenings and kid-friendly events. , 5612 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-966-3464.

Ballet Petite
Ballet Petite brings the magic of ballet through dance, music, pantomime and literature. The storydance brings classical fairytale literature to life with delicate costumes and beautiful props. , 301-229-6882.

Berrend Dance Centre
Complete ballet curriculum for girls and boys from beginners to advanced. Outreach programs presenting Olney Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker"--Olney Theatre Historic stage in December. , 3460 Olney-Laytonsville R, Ste. 210, Olney, MD, 301-774-3032.

BlackRock Center for the Arts
BlackRock Center for the Arts offers arts education programs for all ages and presents high-quality children's theater performances on our stages. , 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD, 240-912-1058.

Broadway Across America
Bringing the best of Broadway and performing arts to Baltimore! For a complete listing and to learn whether a show is right for your kids, check our website. , 800-551-7328.

The Center for Ballet Arts
The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents "Nutcracker in A Nutshell" December 15, 2012 @ 3 & 7:30 p.m. and December 16, 2012 @ 3 p.m. Tickets available at The Center for Ballet Arts, by mail, online and at the door. Nutcracker in A Nutshell held at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St, NOVA Alexandria Campus. , 11215 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA, 703-273-5344.

City of Fairfax
Weekends in Old Town Fairfax: Family-friendly fun & entertainment. Street performers, art galleries, Old Town Marketplace. , 800-545-7950.

CityDance Center at Strathmore
Dance programs, ages 3-adult, plus pre-professional training for advanced dancers. Classes in ballet, modern, jazz, Hip-Hop, Bollywood and more. ,, 5301 Tuckerman La., N. Bethesda, 301-581-5204.

CityDance Center at DC Dance Collective
Early childhood dance education for little movers, Zumba for adults, Sri Lankan dance for youth and adults. , 4908 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 202-293-1165.

Create Arts Center
Fun, learning-filled arts classes and camps for children & teens. After-school and on weekends. Home schooling classes, family classes. Program for special needs individuals and groups. ,, 816 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-2787.

Dynamite Gymnastics Center
Aerial Silks
An exciting new program offering. Silks is both a sport and an art form, combining the graceful movements of dance with climbing, stretching & hanging. Silks challenges both beginners and more expereinced aerialists. Located in North Bethesda behind White Flint Mall. , 301-770-2700.

First Marks
Nurturing environment, Preschoolers-adults enjoy the process of creating art. Students receive individual attention and instruction, fostering a positive and educational art experience. 24 years experience. , Reston, VA, 703-471-7785.

Ford's Theatre
Ford's Theatre is a working theater, historical monument and world-class museum. The theater produces musicals and plays reflecting the unique, diverse character of American life. , 511 10 St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-347-4833.

Harmonia School of Music & Art
At Harmonia School, students receive premiee education from exceptional faculty in all of the performing arts, from instrumental and vocal to theater and art. ,, 204-F Mill St., NE, Vienna, VA, 703-938-7301.

Imagination Stage
The Mid-Atlantic's leading theater arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region, offers professional shows and arts education for all children, regardless of their physical, cognitive or financial status. Class info: 301-961-6060; Box Office: 301-280-1660. , 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD,

International School of Music
All ages. Music instruction in all instruments and voice for all levels and ages. Caring, nurturing faculty with extensive teaching experience. Recital preparation and diploma program. , 5110 Ridgefield Rd., Bethesda, 301-657-0763.

Jordan Kitt's Music School
Private and group piano lessons, ages 3-adult. FREE trial lesson. Four Locations: Beltsville & Rockville, MD; Fairfax & Sterling, VA. , 800-968-4807.

Kids Euro Festival
French-American Cultural Foundation
Kids Euro Festival--Over 200 free performances during four weeks in the fall, organized by the 27 European Union Member States and 25 Cultural Institutions in the DC area. , 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, DC, 202-944-6558.

The Kreeger Museum
Storytime most Wednesdays, Oct. 17-Dec. 19, 2012; 10-11 a.m. Children ages 3-5 and adult companions use their imaginations as they explore the art. Includes a tour, hands-on art making activity. $$ Register. , 2401 Foxhall Rd., NW, Washington, DC, 202-338-3552.

Levine School of Music
Inspiring the love of music for over 35 years, Levine offers music instruction for children and adults of all abilities and interests. Year-round offerings, including summer camps and specialty summer programs. , 202-686-8000.

Little Hands Kindermusik
Award-winning program. Group classes in music and movement for infants through 6 years. "Bring out the Song in Your Child." Winter session begins in late January. Visit our website. In VA: Ashburn, McLean & Reston, Centreville, Lake Ridge, Manassas, Fairfax. , 703-631-2046.

Lopez Studios, Inc.
An Award-winning performing arts preparatory school offering premium programs in acting, piano, voice, a performing arts after-school program, a conservatory programs and professional/performing opportunities. , 11425 Isaac Newton Sq., Reston, VA, 703-787-0071.

Maryland Youth Ballet
Introduce your child to the wonders of dance. Boys and girls will gain self-awareness and physical confidence. , 926 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD, 301-608-2232.

McLean Community Center
Infants-adults. Located in central McLean, the center offers a wide variety of classes, seminars and workshops for children, teens and adults. 703-790-0123; TTY: 711. ,, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA,

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy
Teaching dancers to be the best they can be through professional instruction, performing opportunities, creative choreography and enhanced civic responsibility. Classes in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance. , 10076 Darnestown Rd., #202, Rockville, MD, 301-762-1757.

Metropolitan Fine Arts Center
Offering high quality education and performance opportunities to people of all ages in dance, theater and music. Making arts inclusive to all, regardless of their physical, cognitive and financial status. Summer camp for ages 3-18. Two Locations: 6450 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria, VA, 703-339-0444 & 9015 Silverbrook Rd., Fairfax Station, VA, 703-495-8777. ,,

Musical Theatre Petite
Your showstopper's opportunity to shine! Jazz, voice and acting -- encompassing all the attributes of a well-rounded Broadway performer! Additional classes offered in hip-hop and Glee singing. , 301-229-6882.

Music Together
Infants-Preschoolers. Music classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents and caregivers. Developmentally appropriate and research-based. Arlington, Washington, DC, McLean, Sterling, Woodbridge, 703-536-470; Montgomery County, 301-879-6988; Rockville, Potomac, Gaithersburg, 301-424-4359;

Vienna, Herndon, Fairfax, Reston, 703-424-7295; Alexandria, 703-548-7195; Centreville & Springfield, 703-370-0258; Alexandria, Burke, Fredericksburg, Lorton, Manassas, Stafford, 703-619-6441; Washington, DC, Rockville, Sandy Spring, Olney, Clarksville, 301-758-0304. ,

Musical Expressions
Private lessons for piano, voice, violin, flute, guitar, drums and more. Children & adults. Studio near Old Georgetown Rd. & Democracy Blvd. In-home lessons may be arranged. ,, Bethesda, MD, 301-530-7757.

Olney Theatre Center
Olney Theatre Center presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" opening November 14, 2012. For tickets and performance times call 301-924-3400 or visit , 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring R, Olney, MD, 301-924-3400.

Paula's Fantasy Theatre
Ages 2-8. Offering classes in pre-ballet, dance, drama, as well as theater camps, theme parties., 703-759-3972.

Potomac Arts Academy of George Mason University
Potomac Arts Academy offers enriching classes and summer programs in Art, Theater, Music, Early Childhood and Computer Game Design for children and adults of all levels. ,, 4260 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA, 703-993-9889.

Sing Along With Karen
An extraordinary children's entertainer and master guitarist, Karen engages children of all ages! Top-notch, interactive music/rhythm/movement classes that are simply sensational for small and large events throughout the DC metropolitan area. 301-537-SING (7464). ,,

The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory
Since 1986, The Conservatory has offered a program for young actors, ages 12-17, with or without prior experience/training. ,, 1501 Fourteenth St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-232-7267.

Tap Petite
Put your best foot forward in these high-energy classes including rhythmic tap, show tap and syncopation. Classic stories including Shirley Temple, Mary Poppins, Tiki Tiki Tembo develop children's performance skills. , 301-229-6882.

Tiny Dancers
Our unique ballet, tap, hip-hop, Tiny Broadway, Musical Theatre and "Wiggletoes" programs for children combine technical excellence and creativity in a fun and nurturing environment. Fairfax, Gainesville & Alexandria locations ,, 10875 Main St., #113, Fairfax, VA, 703-385-5580.

The Washington Ballet
Enchanting performances for families including, "The Nutcracker" and more, and ballet school providing dance training for all ages across the DC area. Septime Webre's "The Nutcracker" November 29-December 23, 2012 at the historic Warner Theatre. 202-397-SEAT. ,

Washington Revels
Song, Dance & Celebration! Universal themes expressed in seasonal songs, dances, stories and games. After-school workshops for grades K-5. Adult-child weekend activities. Year-round family-friendly performances, many free. , 531 Dale Dr., Silver Spring, MD, 301-587-3835.

Washingtonians for Young Perfomring Artists (WYPA)
Affordable performing arts programs for grades 5-12. WYPA is a charitable organization of Washingtonians who participate and/or contribute to the performing arts by offering low-cost workshops, intensives, performances and community service. ,, 240-394-9972.

Whole Me! Programs, LLC
A family bonding experience through movement, dance, yoga and the expressive arts captured through a custom oil painting. For a happy infant-child-parent bond. , 703-220-6239.

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Wolf Trap offers a variety of classes for children and adults, including Baby ArtsPlay, Creative Kids, Private Lessons, Intro to Opera and more. 1-877-WOLFTRAP. , 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA,


The Cappies
Critics and Awards Program
High school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews and publish them in local newspapers. ,

Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington , 202-638-2406.

Cultural Tourism DC
A nonprofit linking you to Washington's heritage and arts. ,

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The mission of the DCCAH is to provide grants, programs and education activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities. , 1371 Harvard St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-724-5613.

The Dream in Color Foundation
A 501(c)3 nonprofit entity organized to provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the economically disadvantaged youth in the Northern Virginia area. , 7373 McWhorter Pl., Annandale, VA, 703-642-1711.

The Emergence Community Arts Collective
Find activities and events. , 202-462-2285.

International Child Art Foundation
The International Child Art Foundation has been a pioneering force in effectively and systematically bringing about a change in awareness about children's creativity through a decade of innovative programming. , P.O. Box 58133, Washington, DC, 202-530-1000.

Jordan Kitt's Music
New and used pianos and digital pianos. Featuring Yamaha, Roland, Mason & Hamlin and Cristofori. Rent-to-own program. Two Locations: Rockville, MD, 301-770-9081 & Fairfax, VA, 703-573-6070. ,

Ten cultural and social service agencies are based at THEARC, all helping underserved children and adults reach their full potential. THEARC also features a 365-seat theater for drama, music & dance. , 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE, Washington, DC, 202-889-5901.

VSA Arts
Creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through participation in, and enjoy, the arts. An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. , 818 Connecticut Ave., NW, Ste. 600, Washington, DC, 202-628-2800.