Center Stage Keeps the Arts in Queens

It’s no secret art and music programs are usually the first to be cut from a school’s curriculum every time there is a budget crisis. But that doesn’t mean these subjects are the least important in a child’s education. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Center Stage, a non profit organization, is dedicated to providing top quality classes and lessons for kids in art, music, dance, and theater in order to fill the void created by budget cuts.


They offer dance classes for kids ages 2 and up, from their creative movement class, to group classes, to a combo class, where kids learn tap, ballet, and acrobatics. For ages 8 through to adults, they offer private lessons in ballet, contemporary, pointe, and tap. Choose from 30, 45, and 60 minute sessions.


Teens and adults alike can express themselves through Center Stage’s Intro to Acting class, where they can learn the ins and outs of acting through improvisation, scene study, vocal control, and more. The best part: no previous theater experience needed.

They also have a Theater Master Class for high school and college students who are pursuing a career in theater. These experienced participants get to work with professional directors, choreographers, and even a live orchestra.


Aside from offering private and semi private vocal and instrument lessons, Center Stage’s music programs are quite extensive, from the Little Fingers class, for kids ages 3-6, all the way to Music Theory, and everything in between. They also have Suzuki method lessons for violin and piano for kids ages 3-6, and another class for kids ages 6-13. The Suzuki method is based on the principle that kids can learn music just as though they learn to speak languages.

They are also starting a series called The Lullaby Singers for expecting and new parents. It focuses on teaching basic vocal techniques and also teaches a variety of lullabies, so you can sing to your baby, even when he or she is still in the womb. The sound of a parents voice is soothing to kids, but it also gives them a sense of security that will stay with them throughout their lives.

To find out more about exactly what Center Stage has to offer, visit their website. They are also having an open house called “Dabble in the Arts” on September 10th, which happens to be the first day of their Fall semester, where you can see the classes in action and even participate.


Jesseca Stenson