2013 Kansas City Summer Camps: Performing Arts Camps

Posted February 04, 2013 9:14am by Jane

LOTS of outstanding Kansas City-area theatre, dance, vocal music, instrumental music and other performing arts camps for 2013. In every part of town, there are great offerings for your child, no matter his or her age. Be sure to check your parks & recreation department as well as our listing here.

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Music House Summer Camps are all about growth and exploration. You can join a band, put on a show, make a video, try a new instrument, write a song, and much more. Regardless of what you choose, you’re sure to learn a whole lot about thinking independently while working cooperatively. And you’re going to have a lot of fun in the process. A variety of camps are offered for ages 6 through 17, absolute beginners through seasoned pros. Contact us in person at either our Lenexa or South Overland Park location, online at musichouseschool.com, or by phone at 913-562-4112.

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  • Academy of Performing Arts – Summerstage (Grandview, MO) has two-week sessions of performing arts training for ages 6 to 13, culminating in a musical play and talent showcase on the Academy’s outdoor stage.
  • Act Like An Animal Camp, Kansas City Zoo and Starlight Theatre, ages 5-10. Session one: June 17-28, 2013; Session two: July 8-19, 2013. Cost for each 10-day session is $400. Campers experience movement, voice, drama and visual arts at Starlight each day. The other half of the day is spent learning about animals and exploring the zoo. A performance and art exhibit are the camps’ final curtain call. For more information, visit kcstarlight.com, email education@kcstarlight.com or call (816) 997-1134.
  • Act One (Northland) Fine Arts Academy is pleased to announce their summer kids and teens camps.  They are offering dance, theatre, film and storytelling.  Visit www.act1kc.com or call 816-401-0040.
  • Alcott Arts Center (Kansas City, KS)  Summer Theatre Academy has several sessions for ages 3-18.
  • American Rhythm (Independence, MO) offers a summer performance camp in music dance theater, speech level singing, clogging, auditions and more. For ages 5 to 18.
  • Ballet North (Northland) offers week-long dance camps for ages 4 and up.
  • Blue Valley Recreation (south Johnson County, KS) offers many performing arts classes, as well as music and band camps.
  • Camellot Academy (Kansas City, MO) offers a camp program at Rockhurst High School for kids age 5 through grade 9. Campers participate in activities related to dance, art, drama, vocal music and performance skills. They rehearse and perform a complete play the final week of camp.
  • Chestnut Fine Arts Center (Olathe, KS) is offering two one-week theatre workshops this summer. Topics covered include scripts, songs, dances, costume design, set building and performance. A production caps off the week.
  • Christian Youth Theater (multiple locations) offers several day and overnight camp options for kids from age 4 through high school. Each session is a week long. The kids work on fun productions all week long and then perform!
  • Community School of the Arts offers a comprehensive and energizing week of dance!  The basics of ballet, modern, jazz, choreography and improvisation are taught.
  • Cooney Camp (KCMO) – youth theater summer camp, taught by professional ballet dancer
  • Corbin Kids Camp (Liberty, MO):  is a 2-week long camp from July 15 through July 27, 2013,  from 6-9 pm. Participants will learn all aspects of theater production and performance as they prepare to present “Aladdin, Jr.” a musical. Cost is $70 per camper with a $10 discount per additional camper from the same family. Please email Maggie Thomas, Director at Corbinkids@gmail.com. (816) 824-4275.
  • Coterie Theatre (multiple locations) has courses for grades k through 12 – try acting, playwriting or theatre exploration classes. Camps will be offered at Miller-Marley School of Dance in Overland Park, Pembroke Hill School, Notre Dame de Sion High School, Liberty Community Center and Longview Community College this summer.
  • Creative Arts Academy (Gladstone, MO) offers weeklong, full day camps for kids from ages 4 to 14, each week in July. Camp activities include hip hop dance, gymnastics, trampoline, tumbling, arts/crafts, sports, drama and swimming.
  • Culture House (Olathe, KS) has a HUGE variety of summer courses available from dance and ballet to music and theater. Take a performance combat class, a musical theater class and more!
  • Dramatic Truth School of Arts (south KCMO) introduces two new teen acting intensives, (one or two weeks).
  • Dave’s Gymnastics Factory (Lee’s Summit, MO) offers a full day camp for ages 5 to 11, all summer long. Activities include not only gym time but also outdoor activities, arts and crafts and swimming.
  • Eagles Gymnastics and Dance Centre (south Kansas City, MO) has half day camps with different themes each week. Each camp includes gymnastics and special activities related to the week’s theme. Boys and girls of all ages are welcome to check out Glee Song & Dance Camp, Domestic Diva Camp, Amazing Races Camp, even a science camp…to name a few!
  • Emerald City Gymnastics (Overland Park, KS) offers four-day camps with gymnastics, games, playing in Bump City and a week-ending show for parents.
  • Fashion Camp (KCMO) –offered by Aura Boutique.  Geared to girls in grades 9-12.  Learn styling essentials, posing, runway modeling and more.
  • Camp Shakespeare/Heart of America Shakespeare Festival (various locations) has a wide range of offerings for kids from 5 to 18. Camps range from one day to two weeks and many camps end with a camp performance of a Shakespearean play.
  • Heartland Chamber Music Festival – music camp in partnership with The Heartland Music Academy.
  • Heartland Chamber Music Junior Festival -music camp in partnership with The Heartland Music Academy.
  • Hoffman Models Fashionista Summer Camp (Overland Park, KS) has hosted a unique summer camp in the past – learn makeup, skin care, etiquette, hairstyling, acting, runway and more!
  • Ibsen Dance Theatre (Northland) They have a theatre camp in addition to dance  camp and classes during the summer. The theatre camps include classes in make-up, acting, mime, improv, dance and more.
  • Immersion Island Spanish Camp– KCMO, Liberty, MO, Lees Summit, MO & Kearney, MO
  • Jody Phillips Dance Company (Overland Park, KS) offers several wonderful summer camps/workshops including the Stars Workshops for children ages 3-8 years old, “Boys Only” workshops, Musical Theatre workshops, and more.  Their summer schedule will be coming out in April 2013.
  • Johnson County Community College Performing Arts Series (Overland Park, KS) offers visual and theatre arts classes for K-8 as well as several chamber music classes.
  • Johnson County Park and Recreation District offers 39 summer camp programs for ages 3-18.  Included are camps focusing on theater, art, dance and music!  Dates, locations and fees vary.
  • Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts (KATA) (KCK) provides performing and fine arts classes to children (5-16yrs) during their SUMMER DAY WORKSHOPS. Daily workshops include team acting skills, craft projects, story time, outdoor play, and daily class presentations.  Students are divided into age appropriate class groups with instructors. SPACE IS LIMITED and pre-enrollment is required by calling Mrs. Judi Jones  913 961 2393 or www.katayouthacademy.com
  • Kansas School of Classical Ballet (Overland Park, KS)  is a not for profit organization devoted to providing the finest training available to students interested in learning the art of ballet.
  • Kansas City Ballet School (Prairie Village, KS) hosts summer programs for ages 3 and up, for every skill level.
  • Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey AileyCamp (Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS) is a six week day camp for KCMO and KCK middle-schoolers which uses dance as a vehicle to build self-esteem, self-discipline and critical thinking skills. Camps are held in KCMO and in KCK, transportation may be available.  The camp is FREE but there is an application/selection process.
  • KC Rock Band & Guitar Summer Session:  You could be playing guitar by August or performing in a rock band!  Summer Group Guitar and Rock Band Summer Camps are starting 3rd week of June, so don’t miss this outstanding way to jump into music!  Ages 10 and up.
  • KC Young Audiences (Kansas City, MO) gives kids ages 5 to 18 a chance to learn music, musical theater, Shakespeare, comedy, dance and show production. The younger kids can take half-day classes; older kids are eligible for full-day camps. Extended care is available. Classes held at the Community School of the Arts on the campus of St. Teresa’s Academy.
  • KidShine Performing Arts Day Camp at Covenant Chapel, 133rd and Kenneth Rd. (Leawood, KS) -June 24-28, 2013, 9am-3pm daily.  Open to 3rd- 8th graders.  And Kanakuk Kampout day camp, August 5-9, 2013. Contact Amber at 913-663-3095.
  • Kindermusik Camps (Kearney, MO) – Available for children birth to age 7. Sessions in May-June and July-August. Music and Movement camps with and without parent involvement (varies with age). Check website for details.
  • Legacy School of the Arts (Olathe, KS) offers regular and intensive summer dance classes as well as drama and musical theatre camps for all ages, from 3 to teen.
  • Lyric Opera (Kansas City, MO) hosts an amazing two week camp for kids ages 10 to 18. Campers will study opera and acting techniques. They will perform a family opera at the end of camp and will have the opportunity to be chosen to sing in an actual Lyric Opera production next season.
  • Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice (Overland Park, KS) will have a full summer of dance classes, Coterie Theatre classes and Theatre in the Park rehearsals!
  • Overture– music camp in partnership with The Heartland Music Academy.
  • Patricia Stevens Model Summer Camp (Kansas City, MO) offers week long camps teaching posing, runway, etiquette, acting, fashion, makeup and the modeling/fashion industries.
  • School of Rock (Parkville, MO) offers Rock camps this June and July!
  • Paul Mesner Puppets (Kansas City, MO) is  hosting Puppet Camp for ages 6 and up! Learn to make puppets and create puppet shows from the best!
  • The Pulse PAC (south Kansas City, MO) offers some workshops and intensive dance classes this summer.
  • ReAct (south Overland Park and south Kansas City, MO) – theatre camps from the founder and staff of Camp CenterStage
  • “Rocker Soccer Jam” –provided by Rock Band Academy (Prairie Village, KS)
  • St. Teresa’s Academy Summer Camps (Kansas City, MO) offer Dance and Art Workshop camps for girls in grades 4 thru 9.
  • Stage Right Performing Arts (Overland Park, KS) offers 2 different musical theater camps, including final performances, for kids ages 6-18.  Students learn audition techniques, staging, voice, singing and dancing.  Mon through Fri, June 3- July 3, 2013.  Check out their website for all the details!
  • Starlight Theatre Summer Camp, (KC, MO)- ages 11-14. August 1,2, 5-9, 2013. Campers enjoy a triple threat – acting, singing and dancing. This performance-based camp culminates with a final showcase for friends and family on the last day. For more information, visit kcstarlight.com, email education@kcstarlight.com or call (816) 997-1134.
  • Steppin’ Out (Lee’s Summit, MO) offers Dance, Acting and Cheerleading Camps this summer. No info yet on the website – but keep an eye out for summer info soon! Ages 4 to 12, changing themes each week!
  • Theatre for Young America (Shawnee, KS) hosts drama classes and five-day workshops at Wonderscope Children’s Museum, at Union Station and at Avila during the summer.
  • Theatre of the Imagination (Leawood, KS) offers Spring Break drama camps and Summer theatre camps. All ages, several themes – acting, singing dancing!
  • Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre (Olathe, KS) has 10 theater and visual arts summer camps available this year. Something for everyone – ages 3 to 18!
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City Community Music and Dance Academy (Kansas City, MO) has several dance and musical instrument summer programs. Some are offered at UMKC and others are offered at Notre Dame de Sion lower school.
  • YMCA (20 locations in the metro) offers camps for 5-11 year olds.  Drama camp is available in addition to crafts, sports and nature!  Bonus:  before and after-camp care is available, as is financial assistance.

Also be sure to take a look at the camps listed in our General Day and Overnight Camps list – many of them offer performing arts sessions as well!

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