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Acting for Young People
Celebrating 16 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.

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,

American Youth Chorus
Introduce your child to music and give them skills that will last a lifetime. Join the American Youth Chorus today! To schedule an auditional, email , 301-502-4952.

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO)
AYPO is one of the nation's premier youth orchestras, providing competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for over 400 of the most talented musicians throughout the D.C. region. ,, 4026 Hummer Rd., Annandale, VA, 703-642-8051.

The Art League School
Ages 5+. Courses offered quarterly in virtually all of the fine arts, and some fine crafts, with some of the country's most talented artists. Summer camp and workshops. Full schedule online. , Old Town Alexandria, VA, 703-683-2323.

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.

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.

CityDance Center at Strathmore
Ages 4 & up. CityDance School & Conservatory provides high-quality, year-round dance training to over 500 students, inspiring them to reach their full dance potential. ,, 5301 Tuckerman La., N. Bethesda, 301-581-5204.

Clay Cafe Studios of Chantilly
Clay Cafe Studios offers a variety of pottery painting, canvass and camp programs. Our programs are designed to fit into existing after-school programs. Offering one-time classes, or multiweek sessions. , 13894 Metrotech Dr., Chantilly, VA, 703-817-1051.

CREATE Arts Center
Cartooning, painting, sculpture, pottery & more! CREATE Camps & Classes encourage your child's creativity and teach art skills & techniques while promoting individuality in a fun and nurturing environment. Workshops for adults, too! ,, 816 Thayer Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-ARTS.

Creative Dance Center
Creative Dance Center has been creating memories to last a lifetime since 1983! We offer dance classes for ages 2-99! Four VA Locations: Ashburn, 703-724-4900; Old Ashburn, 702-729-1033; Chantilly, 703-378-1800; South Riding, 703-542-2008. ,

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

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

Imagination Stage
The 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.

Jimmy Potters Studio
JP Studio Workshop offers pottery, painting and fun! We also offer open studio clay classes for kids & adults, birthday parties, bridal showers, team building events. ,, 6504-R Williamsburg Blvd., Arlington, VA, 703-241-1120.

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 five weeks in the fall, organized by the 28 member countries of the European Union and more than 30 Cultural Institutions in the DC area. , 202-944-6558.

Knock On Wood Tap Studio
KOW specializes in Rhythm Tap, a form of percussive dance that gives you the skills to make music with your feet. Classes and workshops for ages 4-adult, begginers-advanced. ,, 6925 Willow St., NW, Ste. 101, Washington, DC, 202-722-1625.

Little Hands Music
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: Reston, Ashburn, Centreville, Fairfax, Manassas, Alexandria, McLean. In MD: Olney , 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 program 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 School of the Arts
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. Two VA Locations: 5775 Barclay Dr., Kingstowne & 9524 Workhouse Way, Lorton. ,, 703-339-0444.

Metropolitan School of the Arts
Grades 7-12. An innovative approach to a blended academics and arts college preparatory program--the first private school of its kind in the area. Fosters development of professional performers. ,, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton, VA, 703-339-0444.

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 & Arts
As the largest lesson provider in the country, Music & Arts has exactly what you need for everything musical in your life. Shop in-store or online at ,

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; North Bethesa/Germantown, 301-260-1861;

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 "The King And I" (November 14-December 29, 2013). For tickets and performance times call 301-924-3400 or visit
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring R, Olney, MD,

Potomac Arts Academy of George Mason University
GMU's Potomac Arts Academy offers community arts education, including private music lessons, summer programs, classes in music, theater, game design and art for all ages. ,, 4260 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA, 703-993-9889.

Sing Along With Karen
Karen's interactive, nurturing, mobile music classes for babies keeps EVERYONE humming! Professional guitarist Karen brings her custom and extraordinary music classes to your desired location. 301-537-SING (7464). ,,

Studio Papillon, Inc.
Music Lessons in the Home, ages 4 and up. Piano, voice, string, wind, percussion, brass, guitar, upright bass. Recitals and monthly themed performances. , 202-607-4196.

Suzuki Music Studio
Ages 3 years-adult. Violin, viola & piano. Now registering learners of all ages beginning at 2 1/2. Dr. Carolyn M. Barrett, Director. ,, Reston, VA, 703-295-0659.

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.

Washington Conservatory of Music
Nationally accredited music school offering music instruction in more than 25 instruments and areas of study. Early childhood, folk & traditional Irish classes, summer camps & concerts too. Bethesda & Glen Echo Park. , One Westmoreland Cir., Bethesda, MD, 301-320-2770.

Washington Revels
Song, Dance & Celebration! Year-round family-friendly performances, festivals and programs such as Christmas Revels, May Revels, SunFest, community sings, parades and more--events are often free. After-school workshops for grades K-8. , 531 Dale Dr., Silver Spring, MD, 301-587-3835.


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. ,

Music & Arts
As the largest lesson provider in the country, Music & Arts has exactly what you need for everything musical in your life. Shop in-store or online at ,

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.