Afterschool Dance & Drama

Movement, drama, fitness, dance technique, creativity and more for kids of all ages!

Whether your kid has an interest in dance & theater, or just lots of energy to burn, we’ve got a fantastic new afterschool program to keep their creative juices flowing long after the bell rings. And we promise to thoroughly wear them out. 😉 

Every afternoon includes at least two classes (dance technique, drama and/or fitness), as well as supervised homework time and other fun activities. Along with learning dance & drama, kids will develop discipline, confidence, social skills and musicality in this structured, fun-filled program. 

At the end of the semester, the students will show off what they’ve been learning at an informal showcase (if they want to, no pressure!) Absolutely no prior experience required.

Winter/Spring 2022 Registration Now Open! 

After school programming is held from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at our Center City studio (1923 Chestnut St, above the Trek bike store). To get the most out of our diverse offerings, we recommend signing up for 3-5 days per week, but you can choose whatever combination of days work best for you!

Students and staff will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols required per local and federal guidelines. As of right now, all students and instructors will wear masks indoors. (All of our staff is vaccinated, but all adults and children will remain masked during the after school program.)

Depending on interest, our staff is available to pick up kids from nearby schools such as: Albert Greenfield School, Independence Charter School, Friends Select, Russell Byers Charter, The Philadelphia School and even potentially Stanton and Chester Arthur. Walking groups from any neighborhood location can be arranged with a minimum of four participants.

Schedule & Class Descriptions

3 – 3:30 p.m. — Arrival, snack and games 

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. — Class I — Dance or Drama

4:15 – 5 p.m. — Class II — Dance or Drama

5 – 5:30 p.m. — Dance Fitness Party, Improv Games or free time (*with periodic options for parents to join in!) 

5:30 – 6 p.m. – Homework time and pick up

Read on for the detailed fall line-up, which may be tweaked depending on the ages/interests of the kids who sign up.

Dance offerings include: 

  • Ballet
  • Jazz & Musical Theater Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Cardio Dance (Hip Hop Cardio, Zumba, Dance Party Mix, etc.)

Drama classes include: 

  • Act Out — Learn what it takes to be an actor: Work on stage presence, character development and more while rehearsing short scenes and plays. 
  • Improv — No worries if you’re not into performing, this class is for anyone who likes to be spontaneous and a little silly! Let the imagination flow through dramatic exercises, improvised skits and all sorts of games.
  • Musical Theater — It’s our own off-Broadway stage! Sing AND dance while rehearsing a variety of showtunes.
  • Playwriting — Bring stories to life on stage! Kids will get the chance to write and act in their own original creations. 
  • YouTube Star — Anyone can post videos on YouTube, but only some get thousands of followers. Explore what it takes to stand out and work on creating your own unique on-camera personna. Finished clips may be posted on our official youtube page (with parent permission, of course!)

Enroll Here

Ready to join the fun? Even if you’re not sure yet how many days or which days of the week you’d like to do, please fill out this intake form to tell us more about your children and their interests. This will help us tailor our daily schedule to the ages and preferences of the kids who sign up. We’ll follow up to go over any questions and walk you through creating a profile in our system. Any questions, just shoot us an email or call 215-645-2717.

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Rates

After school programming is billed in monthly installments, along with a one-time $100 registration fee. To help us set our class schedules and prep for our end of season showcase, we require committing to a full semester session. Fall 2021 session will run for 4 months (Sept, Oct, Nov., Dec.).

We believe that everyone should have access to the arts, so if the cost is of concern, please contact us to work something out. We can create alternative payment plans or discuss need-based tuition assistance.

Want to enroll multiple kids? Siblings get 10% off! Register one student, then email us to set up the discount for the next.

2 Days/Week — $350/month

3 Days/Week — $400/month

4 Days/Week — $450/month

5 Days/Week — $499/month

**BEST Value** 

*Early dismissal pickups from ICS on Wednesdays may also be available for an additional $25/week, contact us if you’d be interested in this service.

Bonus Day Camps

When schools close for professional development, we’ve got you covered! 

Full-day camps — $70Half-day camps — $40

Sign up now for these upcoming dates:

More 2022 dates posted on our Mindbody site.

Full day camps run from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., followed by our ongoing afternoon classes from 3:30 pm.- 6 p.m. Students who are not already enrolled in after school programs are welcome to stay for those sessions for an additional $25 “extended day” option. After school students do not pay extra for this part.

See a sample camp schedule by clicking the above registration links.

After School FAQ

If your question isn’t here, find even more studio info on our Policies page or drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help!

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What should the students wear?

School attire is fine for most classes. For dance fitness classes, the goal is to get sweaty, so you may want to send an extra t-shirt and shorts. For students taking ballet, we recommend bringing tights or leggings and a tank top or leotard. There are plenty of changing rooms at the studio. 

Can my child register for specific classes instead of the full afterschool program?

Absolutely. You would be responsible for dropping your child off to the studio, but otherwise s/he can join in any of our kids classes. Billing is auto-renewed monthly until you opt to cancel: 1 class/week for $120/month; 3 classes/week for $175/month or unlimited classes for $225/month (the best deal by far!). These rates include additional supervised play/homework time before and/or after class, so you can drop off your child and then pick them up anytime before 6 p.m.

More details and registration links here. Once you sign up online, just be sure to drop us a note so we know what classes your child plans to take. 

Are there make-up classes if my child has to miss a day?

Yes! If you need to miss a day for a special circumstance, you can come in on another day that week. Just be sure to notify us in advance so we’re clear on exactly which kids are getting picked up from school each day.

For students rehearsing pieces for our end of semester showcases, we may be able to record practice videos or use livestream technology to help them catch up on any missed material. 

What’s the COVID policy?

To keep our everyone safe, we have implemented the following policies: 

 

  • All participants ages 5 and up will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID or be approved for a medical exemption. This policy will take effect by end of Feb. 2022.
  • Kids will be asked to regularly wash hands thoroughly, and will not be allowed to share food. Our staff will disinfect all tables and high-touch surfaces on a daily basis.
  • Students will be required to wear face masks indoors per local and national safety guidelines. Teachers will also remain masked. (This is different from our adult classes, because the city allows masks to be optional within a group of vaccinated adults.) 
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will not be able to come to the studio for the required quarantine period (currently 5 days per CDC guidelines) or until a negative test. 
  • If a student tests positive after coming to class, contact us immediately. This way, we can help trace and contain any potential outbreaks. Since all of our school age and adult programs require proof of vaccination, other participants will not need to quarantine per federal health department protocol. But we will still keep everyone informed so that everyone can be on the lookout for break-through cases. Any communication about cases will always be kept anonymous.
  • We ask everyone – parents, students and teachers – to help us reduce the spread of illness by staying home if you’re not feeling well, especially if you have symptoms that could be indicative of COVID-19.

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