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.

MASTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

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.

SUMMER CAMPS

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. 

MISSION IMPROVISATION
Students in grades 6-9 learn to create characters and stories during this week-long day camp exploring the art of IMPROVISATION! 

 

You Make The Difference

The Awards Showcase gives 700 Iowa students their moment in the spotlight as part of the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards program.

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Dance Master Classes

Student Master Class: Dorrance Dance

October 20, 2019 Learn More

Professional Master Class: Dorrance Dance

October 20, 2019 Learn More

Student Master Class: Malandain Ballet Biarritz

February 12, 2020 Learn More

Professional Master Class: Malandain Ballet Biarritz

February 12, 2020 Learn More

Student Master Class: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

April 29, 2020 Learn More

Professional Dance Master Class: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

April 29, 2020 Learn More
Des Moines Performing Arts Partnerships: