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Performing arts camps: The best summer camps for kids in NYC

At performing arts camps, kids write and star in theater productions, learn how to play instruments and master different types of dance techniques.

Dance camps

Ballet Hispanico Preschool Summer Dance Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Children gain an understanding of and appreciation for different Latin American cultures by taking part in classes including creative movement, percussion and a Latin American storytime with dance interpretation. Camp runs June 9–Jul 18, Mon–Fri 9am–noon. One-week session $350. Ages 3 to 5.

  1. 167 W 89th St, (between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves), 10024
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Downtown Dance Factory Camp

  • Price band: 2/4

Older kids (ages 5 to 11) try their toes at a range of dance genres, including jazz, lyrical, tap, musical theater and even break dancing, while also exploring costume making, choreography and improvisation. Meanwhile younger students sample the school’s preschool classes—hip-hop, creative movement, and tap—and spend the rest of their time in musical theater, listening to stories and making dance-related crafts. Camp runs June 30–Aug 8, Mon–Fri 9am–noon or 1–4pm (ages 3 to 4); 9am–3pm (ages 5 to 11). One-week session $600 (full day), $375 (half day). Ages 3 to 11.

  1. 291 Broadway, Fourth and fifth floors, (at Reade St), 10007
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Summerdance at Ballet Academy East

  • Price band: 3/4

At this arts-centric camp, girls spend their jam-packed days dabbling in subjects like drama, yoga, arts & crafts, swimming and musical theater. A good portion of the day is also spent working on dance technique and routines in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance. At the end of each four-week session, campers will perform for friends and family. Camp runs June 34–Aug 14, Mon–Thu 9:30am–2:15pm (four-year-olds), 9:30am–3:15pm (ages 5 to 6), 9am–3:30pm (ages 6.5 to 8), 10:30am–5pm (ages 8 to 10). $2,350–$5,600, depending on age and number of weeks. Ages 4-10.

  1. 1651 Third Ave, (between 92nd and 93rd Sts), 10128
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