Creative and performance learning

Art, music, theatre and dance programs for toddlers to teens

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College of Piping

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts Centre’s educational programming will restart September 13 with Highland dancing returning to its curriculum. Instructor Laura Johnston is accepting dancers ages 4 and up.

The College also offers step dance, acrobatic dance, introduction to dance, jazz, ballet, hip hop, Broadway style tap, fiddle, bagpipes, snare drumming, kit drumming and fiddle lessons.

The Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship is open to any Islander between from ages 8–18. The scholarship provides a half hour lesson to students in either bagpiping or snare drumming, or both. The only cost to the student is the equipment (practice chanter or drum sticks and drumming tutor book) with scholarship covering the cost of tuition.

Prospective students for all disciplines can find more info and the sign up form at collegeofpiping.com.

The Guild

Music Theatre School (MTS) at The Guild in Charlottetown offers a number of weekly classes for children and youth from September to December.

MTS Intro Class will take place on Sundays at 1:30 pm.

MTS Jr. Class will take place on Sundays at 3 pm.

MTS Intermediate Class will take place on Mondays at 5:30 pm.

MTS Advanced Class will take place on Mondays at 7 pm.

All performance classes will take part in the production of Spookyfest on October 30 as well as a holiday performances at the end of the semester. The Advanced class also present a third performance showcase in November.

Tiny Tappers will take place on Sundays at 1 pm. Students in this class will explore movement through dance (with a focus on the basics of tap dance), coordination and performance skills, as well as proper technique.

Tiny Tunes, a group singing class for 5–7 year olds, will take place on Mondays at 4 pm. Young students will discover their voices in a collaborative manner in this introductory level group singing class. Students will sing a variety of music styles and perform together in annual recitals.

Info: theguildpei.com

Bonshaw Community Centre

Bonshaw Young Players Drama Group will resume on Saturdays from 10:30 am–12 pm beginning September 18 at the Bonshaw Community Centre, 25 Green Road, Bonshaw.

Children and youth ages six to 16 are welcome. Space is limited. Pre-register by email to rlacey688@gmail.com or call 675-4282.

Kings Playhouse

Educational opportunities at Kings Playhouse this fall include the Let’s Get Creative Art Club on Tuesdays starting September 21. Children will get messy and creative while experimenting with many types of art. Sessions will focus on painting, clay, collage, paper crafts, puppet making, drawing and more. The program is designed to be fun while fostering creativity. It is being offered by art educator Ryan McAdam-Young, who has over 15 years of experience teaching children’s art classes on PEI. This eight week session is offered for ages 7-12. Scholarships are available.

Kings Playhouse will also offer performing arts classes for children and youth this fall. KP Sprouts returns on Saturday mornings starting October 2. The six-week, play-based session will offer classes in two age groups, ages 2–3 and ages 4–5. Classes cover music, dancing, and theatrically inspired play. KP Kids returns with performing arts classes for ages 7–13 and 14+ on Thursdays, starting October 7.

Info: kingsplayhouse.com, 1-888-346-5666. 65 Grafton St, Georgetown.

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