Kids can get creative at summer arts camps this year, both virtually and in-person…you choose

Written By Josie Gulliksen
June 8, 2020 at 4:49 PM

Fantasy Theatre Factory’s production of “Monster Tales”

Miami’s arts community always steps up with fun and creative summer camp options for kids and this year is no different. Well, it is a bit different in that several of them will be offered virtually. In-person camps are still happening, but with several restrictions in place.

One thing’s for sure, they’ll have loads of fun. They can spend the summer…honing their acting and musical skills, practicing visual arts, twirling and soaring at ballet camps or exploring science, nature and animals.

Take a look at what’s being offered; click on each group’s link for additional details:

Actors Playhouse

Campers take center stage at the Miracle Theatre as professional instructors take them on an eye-opening theatrical journey. They’ll learn about theater and film acting, musical theater culminating in presentations of a musical style revue show featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda and an “On Broadway” production of Seussical Jr.

Area Stage

Area Stage Company this summer is debuting an onstage production of MOANA Jr. As a part of this production, students will be fully immersed in the world of theatrical creation. All cast members will improve upon their performance skills in the areas of acting, singing, and dancing. Their efforts will culminate in a weekend of four performances with full, professional-quality sets, lighting, and costumes.

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

The Classical Ballet Seminar of Russian Technique is a summer intensive program designed to provide serious students, ages 10 to 22, with a complete dance-training program. There are three levels of study available, as well as a Teachers Program. The summer intensive provides a unique approach to authentic, traditional Russian ballet training with the finest Russian teachers graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

Bass Museum

Bass Museum’s virtual Summer Art Camp is an all-new, all-inclusive program of live, daily video instruction with museum educators. The program includes interactive learning, with simple step-by-step directions and packaged art materials for each lesson plan. Campers will enjoy hands-on art experiences, while virtually socializing with their peers and discovering different artists, artistic mediums and techniques.

Fantasy Theatre Factory

Fantasy Theatre Factory’s exciting new program includes online classes & tentatively immersive courses, professional performances, and a camper showcase at the Sandrell Rivers Theater. Campers will learn from top-notch artists and instructors who teach them about performance exercises, dancing techniques, diverse cultures, music genres, and more.

Frost Science

Campers unleash the power of science through weeklong camps including engineering, marine sciences, astronomy, and technology. Become an inventor and find solutions to design challenges, get your hands wet as you explore the water cycle and unique marine creatures, and dig into the science of dinosaurs and our universe. There are virtual and in-person options available.

Greater Miami Youth Symphony

GMYS Summer Camp is going “Outside In” with exciting virtual summer options starting at just $85 for 8 Weeks with scholarships available. Small student/teacher classroom ratios, technology and formats which support individualized attention, special guest artists, master classes and a La Carte options provide a unique learning experience. Times and prices vary.

Miami City Ballet

The five-week training program for serious ballet students ages 12-18 requires an audition. Dancers will participate in ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, women’s and men’s variations, contemporary moves, stretch and strengthening and Pilates and weight training. Those who excel will be invited to join the school’s Pre-Professional Division. The program runs from June 29 to July 31. They have also added a two-week Young Dancer Intensive for students ages 9-12, audition is required.

Miami Theater Center

Campers learn musical theater and work on their performances skills in two sessions offered virtually. Shows include Amazing Max, Jazzy Ash and several others. Session I includes week-long sessions from June 8 to July 2 and Session II is July 13 to Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Students hone and perfect their musical skills with the guidance of eight instructors. Working in small groups, they’ll teach beginner to advanced symphonic orchestra, preparing campers to excel in all-state, solo and ensemble competitions and in music instruction in school. Summer Camp 2020 will operate from June 15 to July 10 at Riverside Baptist Church. Advanced Orchestra will be from June 15 to July 24 (6 weeks). Scholarships are available. Virtual and Live options open, times vary.

Thomas Armour Youth Ballet

Taking their program virtual this summer, TAYB is offering two separate sessions, Session I June 8 to July 10 and Session II July 13 to Aug. 14. Classes range from introductory to intermediate in ballet, floor barre and fitness, tap, musical theater and contemporary movement. Visit the link for times and registration form.

Congrats to all these arts groups for pivoting and making a culturally-enriched summer possible for all of Miami-Dade County’s youth! is a nonprofit source of theater, dance, visual arts, music and performing arts news. Sign up for our newsletter and never miss a story.

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