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Top Music and Peforming Arts Camps in Portland

Published May 31, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Is your child showing an interest in music or the performing arts? If so, here are some great camps where they can hone and showcase their talents this summer. 

Whether your child is looking to build confidence or needs an activity to unleash some creative energy, we recommend signing him or her up for a performing arts camp. It really doesn’t matter if your little ones can sing, dance, or act because the camp providers listed below will help them develop their skills. Who knows - maybe they're a star in the making!

Journey Theater Arts Group

This summer, Journey Theater is hosting Musical Theater camps for children ages 7-13 where campers get to follow a camp script and prepare for a performance showcase based on either a "Surf's Up!" or "Heroes and Villains" theme. Production Lab and Teen Dance camps are also available for teens ages 13-18. Camps are running throughout late June to mid August. 

Metro Arts Inc.

MetroArts Kids Camp, now in its 27th year, offers kids ages 7-12 the opportunity to use their talents and develop skills in visual arts, music, and theatre. Camps are one-week long and run from 9am to 4pm each day. Each week, campers visit the Portland Art Museum, watch a guest artist perform, and perform in a camp-wide for parents at the end of the week. Camps run throughout July. Metro Arts offers full and partial scholarships for its camps.

My Voice Music

During week-long sessions from 9am – 2:30pm, campers learn to play, write, and record music while rocking out as a band. No musical experience is necessary. Basic instruction on drums, bass, guitar, keys, voice, and rock ’n roll moves (stage diving not included) ensure kids will be ready to blow away friends and family during their final concert at the end of the week. Campers go home with a recording of their music. Camps run from mid-June to mid-August. 

Spotlight Musical Theatre Academy

SMTA offers week-long musical theatre training intensive camps that are high energy and skills focused. Each camp culminates in a musical revue showcase in which every performer gets their time to shine in the spotlight for family and friends. All students perform solo material as well as group numbers that include acting, singing, and dancing. All camps are taught by theatre professionals. Spotlight Summer camps are almost all full, so check them out ASAP! 

Classical Ballet Academy

Come join the fairy tale land of ballet for a week (or two!) this summer at Classical Ballet Academy. Campers will learn ballet technique and choreography. From June 24 to 28, students will focus on the story of Peter Pan, and from July 1 to 5 students will follow the story of Cinderella. Camps are available for children ages 3-13. 

Polaris Dance Theatre

This year Polaris is hosting its 10th annual Kids Dance Camp! During each of the five days, kids ages 6-12 will take lessons in a bunch of different dance disciplines including Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Aerial, Tap, and more! Students will also participate in improv classes, games, and a daily art project. At the end of the week, campers will perform their skills in front of their family. Full-day and half-day options are available. Kids Dance Camp kicks off in mid June and runs through the end of August. 

Hopefully the list above inspired your child to grab an instrument, ballet shoes, or costume and sign up for a music or arts camp. If none of the performing arts camps met your kid's killer creative needs, feel free to check out our huge selection of other awesome local camps and classes here.

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