Spring offers dance classes for young peopleages 2 to 20, as well as adults. Classes foryounger children fill up quickly. The MYB StudioCompany for young dancers between the agesof 15 and 20 helps bridge the gap betweenbeing a student and a professional. Dancersmust audition or be invited to join. Adultdrop-in classes include Intro to Ballet, FloorBarre and Broadway Jazz; summer programsalso are offered. Around the holidays, MYBoffers performances of The Nutcracker and TheMini-Nut, an abbreviated version for youngeraudiences.
926 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring,
Ballet Petite has offered creative ballet trainingfor young children for two decades. FounderNancy Parenti developed “storydance” toallow kids ages 18 months to 6 years old touse their imagination while learning how tomove. The studio also offers two performancecompanies and the Youth Performing ArtsSchool. Hip-hop, lyrical, modern and adultdance classes are available, as well as campsand parties for kids.
Little House at Westmoreland Hills Park, 5315 Elliott
Road, Bethesda; Washington Episcopal School,
5600 Little Falls Parkway, Bethesda; Geneva Day
School, 11931 Seven Locks Road, Potomac; Beth
Shalom, 11825 Seven Locks Road, Potomac;
Evergreen Montessori School, 10700 Georgia Ave.,
Silver Spring; 301-229-6882, www.balletpetite.com
CREATE Arts Center
CREATE Arts Center’s mission is to bring art
914 Silver Spring Ave., Silver Spring, 301-588-
education and art therapy to the region while
supporting underprivileged populations and
those with special needs. CREATE offers art
classes and parties for kids ages 2 to 16,
off-site courses for at-risk youth, and art
therapy for mentally ill adults and children. In
addition to spring, summer and winter camp
programs for kids ages 6 to 14, the center runs
“No School Day” camps for students during
scheduled school closings.
Montgomery County Recreation
Montgomery County’s recreation department
offers dozens of art classes for all ages,
including painting, drawing, pottery and crafts.
Classes take place in community recreation
centers throughout the county, though some are
offered at public schools and private art studios.
Teachers are professional instructors who havea degree in their art specialty or extensiveexperience as an artist. Programming guides,published four times a year, can be picked upat Montgomery County recreation facilities andpublic libraries, or viewed online.
Administrative office: 4010 Randolph Road,
Silver Spring, 240-777-6840,
VisArts at Rockville
This nonprofit arts center, established in 1987,offers a variety of classes for adults andchildren, grades K- 12, including ceramics, glass,painting, drawing, mosaics and mixed media. TheResident Artist Program attracts artists from theWashington, D.C., area, who may teach classes.
The summer camp at nearby Richard MontgomeryHigh School and the VisArts studio featurescreative artistry programs such as woodworking,ceramics, mosaics and glass. Classes also areoffered for special-needs students.
155 Gibbs St., Rockville, 301-315-8200,
Culkin School of Traditional
With five locations around the county, SeanCulkin and his team of teachers provide aseries of Irish dancing programs for children andadults. Students have the choice of a yearlongcommitment or a “Mini-Mester”—an introductoryeight- to 10-week program. The figures program,available for kids and adults, gives studentsthe opportunity to dance in teams and competelocally, regionally and internationally. Beginnersand experienced students also can participatein the school’s summer camps at Glen EchoPark and in Silver Spring.
Hughes United Methodist Church,
10700 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring; Imagination
Stage (Del Ray Studio), 4908 Auburn Ave.,
Bethesda; Rockville United Methodist Church,
112 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville; GraceEpiscopal Day School, 9411 Connecticut Ave.,Kensington; Glen Echo/Annex, 7300 MacArthurBlvd., Glen Echo Park; 301-593-9600,
Culkin School of
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