- Classes & Camps
CLASSES AND CAMPS
Young people sharpen their skills, stretch their imaginations, and create unique memories through a variety of Des Moines Performing Arts education opportunities.
With theater professionals as the instructors, students gain a deeper understanding of the process, build confidence, and benefit from a fresh jolt of creative energy.
Unique training opportunities are available for local artists of all ages. Guest Broadway artist and world-renowned performing arts professionals lead interactive courses on topics like auditioning, dance, and much more.
Master classes and workshops are announced on a rolling basis as they are confirmed with touring artists so check back frequently.
Des Moines Performing Arts offers a range of week-long summer opportunities for students. Recent camp models have included:
MUSICAL THEATER CAMPS
Students in grades 3 – 8 start the week with auditions and end by performing a full show for family and friends on a professional stage. Participants experience all aspects of putting on a production, from learning new music to memorizing lines to creating a character. Students gain teamwork and collaboration skills, as well as newfound confidence in their ability to take on a big project.
BROADWAY SUMMER INTENSIVE
Guest Broadway artists lead teens (grades 9 through entering college) in a week of master classes in the "triple threat" skills of musical theater – acting, dancing, and singing. Faculty draw on their firsthand experience to help students understand what it takes to have a career in the theater.
BROADWAY SUMMER ACADEMY
Open to any middle school student grades 6-8 who dreams of performing in a musical, this week-long day camp brings experienced guest Broadway performers to lead sessions in the triple threat areas of musical theater – acting, dancing, and singing.
Students in grades 6-9 learn to create characters and stories during this week-long day camp exploring the art of IMPROVISATION!