Music, Dance & Performing Arts

Piano Instruction with Abbey Hayden

Piano lessons in Ms. Abbey's studio focus on obtaining a musical education through creativity and goal-based learning. With guidance and imagination, every student is capable of creating joy through music; with grit and dedication, each student is capable of greatness.

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Community Music School of Webster University

The Community Music School of Webster University has been offering outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages in the St. Louis region since 1925. Individual lessons are the core of our school, and with over 90 instructors (over 85% with advanced degrees) there is an instructor that is a perfect fit for you! CMS also offers early childhood music classes with the internationally-recognized Kindermusik® curriculum and Music for Little Mozarts group piano classes. For an in-depth experience, CMS has one of the only Suzuki Strings programs in the area. Students start as young as age 4 learning string instruments, along with their parent, in individual lessons and group classes.

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Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed

Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is a partnership between the Parkway and Rockwood School Districts that provides high-quality programs for all ages. Many programs are open to residents of all St. Louis area school districts, not just Parkway and Rockwood. Choose from a wide variety of sports programs (soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, year-round group and private swim instruction (starting at age 6 months!), instructional camps and clinics, fitness (family yoga, zumba, boot camp), martial arts, arts & crafts, computer skills, orchestra, dance, outdoor education, and even family adventure travel opportunities like Smoky Mountains Adventure, Ozarks Rocks and more. 

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COCA

COCA – Center of Creative Arts – is a nationally recognized not-for-profit arts organization whose innovative programs encourage people to see, think and express themselves in new ways. COCA offers classes and camps for all ages, from enthusiastic amateurs to emerging professionals, in dance, early childhood, fitness, visual arts, theatre, vocal instruction, music and more. 

COCA's mission is to enrich lives and build community through the arts. Learn more about classes and camps, and register online at cocastl.org

 

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Circus Harmony

Circus Harmony, St. Louis' only social circus, teaches the art of life through circus education. Kids of all ages can discover a world of fun at Circus Harmony classes and camps, featuring tumbling, dance, acrobatics, aerial arts and hula hooping. Drop-in juggling and unicycling programs are available, as are private and semi-private lessons. And for those children who want to prepare for a future under the big top, the nonprofit also offers personalized, pre-professional training. 

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Metro Theater Company

Metro Theater Company is St. Louis' premier professional theater for youth and families. Founded in 1973, Metro Theater Company has received numerous local and national awards for theater and education and has served more than 2 million children and families. MTC tours serve youth locally, regionally and nationally, while mainstage productions engage thousands of St. Louis children and families annually.

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STAGES Performing Arts Academy

At STAGES Performing Arts Academy, our mission is to inspire curiosity, creativity and passion within students of all ages while providing the highest quality professional training in the musical theatre arts. 

The Academy's diverse curriculum, including our regionally unique Access the Arts program, motivates and influences many students. STAGES St. Louis offers year-round classes and activities, summer camps, field trips, birthday parties, workshops, and performances opportunities for children and teens from preschool age through high school.

 

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WOW! Amazing Animal Show at the World Bird Sanctuary
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Take your family to watch birds of prey fly right over your head, macaws speak the English language and much more at the WOW! Amazing Animal Show at the World Bird Sanctuary. Every program showcases different animals so each day is a new experience. 

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Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Reservations are not necessary.

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Kids Night Out at Olympia Gymnastics is an evening filled with fun! Parents get a babysitter for the night and kids will enjoy gymnastics/ninja-themed activities, group games, crafts, and more! Members and non-members are welcome.

 

 

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