Attention all dancers, designers, singers, actors and artisans – summer is your time to shine. Get on stage and rock your summer at these top Art, Music and Dance Summer Camps in Bergen County NJ.
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades: Is your kid looking to get some real on stage performance and/or dance experience? Broadway bound kids can choose from the Center Stage Camp (4th–9th grade) which provides young actors a high level experience that culminates in a Broadway style musical or the Broadway Performance Intensive (5th–10th grade), directed by Joseph A. Baker who coaches and accompanies Broadway stars. Campers in this program will hone their skills in singing, acting, comedy and musical theater and will culminate with cabaret-style show at a NYC Theater (interview/audition required). Kids who love comedy will love the Comedy Theater Camp (3rd–6th grade) where they will have the chance to create comedy sketches, do improv and learn cool comic skills by a master comic actor from Broadway. For dancers young and older, kids can point their toes and enjoy a fun-filled day of dance and more traditional camp activities at Little Dancers’ Camp (ages 3–5) while more experienced dancers, can enjoy the Dance Intensive (ages 6–16) which teaches dance technique in all dance types by experienced dancers and choreographers and culminates in a live performance at summers end. Bonus – JCC summer programs are all-inclusive and include lunch, daily swim, towel service and more. (411 E. Clinton Ave., Tenafly, July and August sessions available, exact dates, times and pricing vary based on specific program – visit website for more information)
Cresskill Performing Arts: Perfect for the kid in the house who loves to sing and dance around all.day.long to the little one who spends hours a day building lego towers. With their April Break Performing Arts Mini Camp, to their more intensive Summer Programs, to their Lego Workshop and Fencing Camp, you’re sure to find the perfect program for everybody in the fam. (300 Knickerbocker Road, Suite 1100 Cresskill, 201-390-7513, ages 3-teens, camp runs from June 25–August 24, 9am–5pm with half day (9am–12pm) options available for some programs, pricing starts at $235 but exact dates, times and pricing vary based on specific program – visit website for more information)
Bergen PAC Summer Arts Program: This summer camp provides kids, ages 5 – 12, with an unforgettable experience in dance, choreography, music appreciation, singing, acting, theater and more. With over 10 different summer programs offered for all ages and levels, which are taught by master teaching artists with professional credits, your child will have the opportunity to further explore and develop their talent while building confidence and appreciation for the arts all under one roof. (1 Depot Sq. Englewood, 201-482-8194, ages 4–18, July and August sessions available, exact dates, times and pricing vary based on specific program – visit website for more information)
One River School: Your budding artist will love the full roster of art and digital design classes that are offered for kids as young as kindergarten and as old as 12th grade. Experienced artists, designers, and craftsmen gather here to work with kids for half and full day sessions in everything from drawing, painting and sculpture to web design, digital animation and even fashion design. Mini Picassos gain additional inspiration from the lobby gallery which showcases up and coming artists’ works. (49 N. Dean St. Englewood, 201-266-5244 or 319 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, 201-466-1372, contact the school or visit website for camp schedule and pricing)
Studio L Dance: Studio L’s summer program includes 2-3 hour session in classes like Pirouette Camp for the little twirlers and Hip Hop, Acro/Tumble and Performing Arts Camp for more experienced dancers who are looking to perfect their style and technique. (4 North St #400, Waldwick, 201-444-3205, ages 2 ½ –18; camp runs from July 10th–August 17, visit website for schedule and pricing as this varies for each program)
School of Rock: Kids will literally rock out all summer long when they attend one of School of Rock’s weekly camp sessions which include daily rehearsals, logo and poster design, and intensive songwriting and performances. (50 Piermont Rd., Cresskill, 201-568-7625 or 152 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, 201-444-4425, ages 6–18, all skill levels; camp runs June 25–August 27, 4 and 5 day sessions, 10am–3pm or 10am–12:30pm based on program; pricing starts at $299/week for a half-day session and $495/$595 for a full-day session)
Stage Left Theater: If your kid gets their kicks from being on stage– they’ll love Stage Left’s summer programs. Choose one or all of the five summer productions including classics such as Annie, Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music. Your child can also take their performance skills to the next level in the Summer Theater Intensive program which is jammed-packed with tons of theater activities and a performance at the end. (131 N. Midland Ave, Nyack, NY, 845-365-9000; production camps run from July 2–August 18, pricing starts at $700/production)