Top Music and Performing Arts Camps in Vancouver

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Published Jun 2, 2016

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

Top Music and Performing Arts Camps in Vancouver


Whether your child is looking to build confidence or needs an activity to unleash some, we recommend signing up for a performing arts camp. It really doesn’t matter if your little ones can sing, dance, or act because we are here to help. Who knows - maybe they are a star in the making!



Place des Arts

Located in Coquitlam, Place des Arts offers classes and private lessons in music, dance, and the visual, theatre and literary arts. Music lessons are available in several instruments for all levels, while performing arts classes include acting, film classes, creative writing, and more.

Scholarships and bursaries are available to full-time students.




Arts Umbrella

Arts Umbrella is where creativity spends its summer vacations. Theatre, Music, Dance, Visual, & Media Arts classes come together in 5 weeks of programming. Come for one week, or visit for all! Kids and teens delve into the fun and freedom of self-expression, challenge their curiosity & explore artistic boundaries.

It’ll definitely feel more fun than just another week at camp!



Viva Voce

In addition to their signature private classes, Viva Voce is offering small group classes (3-4 students) in a variety of subjects, including Speech Writing and Public Speaking (2 weeks), Theatre FUNdamentals (1 week), and We Don't Fear Shakespeare! (2 weeks).  Stimulate your imagination and have fun this summer!



West Side Music Together

West Side Music Together has been bringing music into the lives of Vancouver families for nearly ten years! Close to 5000 families have chosen Music Together as their source for community music making.

This year's summer schedule for families run twice a week for four weeks--one session in July, and one in August.




Gabriela's Movement Studio

Gabriela's Movement Studio offers high quality Ballet, Creative Movement and Art classes specialized for children from 2 to 9 years old.

This year's summer camps include themed Dance-N-Art Camps and Ballet Classes. Multiple sessions are offered for each.



Gateway Theatre Academy

The Gateway Theatre Academy provides process-based learning in a safe, supportive environment in which students will grow, and strengthen their vital skills for vibrant self-expression.

Summer camps are offered in musical theatre, acting, improv, and speech for various age groups and abilities.




Circuswest

CircusWest camps are a great place for kids to take their first steps in the wonderful world of circus. Learn to juggle, ride a unicycle, jump on a trampoline or build human pyramids! Full and half day camps are available.

On the last afternoon of full day camps, the campers perform for friends and family in a special showcase that they’ve created together!




Boogaloo Academy

Join Boogaloo Academy's summer camp, and enjoy a fun-filled week of Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Drama, Voice, Acro, and more, with Vancouver's top teachers! 

Camps run July 11-15, and July 18-22, for ages 5-8 and 9-12. Full day and half day sessions are available.




World Dance Company

World Dance Co's mandate is to provide the best quality instruction at the most affordable prices. Many of the instructors have won major competitions in Canada & abroad.

Classes are offered for all ages, from preschool through adult. Kids' classes are available in tap, ballet, hip hop, jazz, and Latin.



Evergreen Cultural Centre

The Evergreen Cultural Centre presents a variety of arts programs including professional theatre, dance and music presentations, art exhibitions, arts education programs, and public programs for both children and adults.

Among this years camps are Kits in the Art Studio, Teens Improv Camp, Kids on Stage, and Attack of the Funny Girls.




Panorama School of Dance

Summer at Panorama has lots of dance options for your child! They offer a month long session of June classes, and many more in July, including the Rock Star Diva week long day camp or the workshop with Miss Justine. In August, there will be a week long Under the Sea camp, and camps for 3–14 year olds, including mini dance camp and a dance intensive.



North Shore Music Together

North Shore Music Together classes use the Music Together® award winning curriculum/music to teach Rhythm Competence and Tonal Competence to children. Come sing multicultural songs, dance to African beats, and explore a variety of instruments!

Classes are offered for babies (0-8 months) and mixed ages (0-5 years).



Harmonious Music Studio

Located in the heart on the Dunbar Village in Vancouver Westside, Harmonious Music Studio provides private and group piano lessons for young children. They teach the Music for Young Children (MYC) program--a parent-participation program in a small group setting (3-6 students in a class), featuring a variety of musical activities.



Shoreline Actors Academy

Shoreline Actors Academy is an integral part of Shoreline Studios, Canada's longest running casting facility and a staple in the Vancouver film and television industry.

With a state of the art digital studio, Shoreline is favored for their friendly staff and welcoming environment, bringing professionalism in an easy and stress-free environment.




Monarch Arts Education

Camp Monarch is an annual two week summer day camp intended for children with a genuine interest in music, art, dance and musical theatre. Students of all abilities are welcome. The second week of the summer camp finishes with an informal performance for family and friends followed by a reception and gallery showcasing the camper's art.



North Vancouver Community Arts Council

Get creative this summer! The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is offering 19 great art camps at Maplewood House for kids aged 6-10. There’s something for everyone including: musical theatre, puppetry, drawing, clowning, nature-based art, animation, and painting. Full and ½ day camps available. And don’t forget the Art on the Farm camps at Maplewood Farm – help the farmers and do animal art!



Port Moody Arts Centre

The Port Moody Arts Centre offers a wide range of summer camp programs for both half days and full days with the option of after-camp care until 5:30pm and early drop-off at 8:30am.

Classes are offered in visual arts, ceramics, media arts, textiles, drama and musical theatre.




Carousel Theatre for Young People

Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Summer Drama Camps are an opportunity for students to spend a whole week developing the same techniques and skills that are offered in full semester classes.

The summer camp program provides all-day drama activities for ages 7-12 and 90-minute morning classes for ages 3-6.




Jean Lyons School of Music

Jean Lyons School of music offers a Summer Music Camp For Kids (ages 4-8), Summer Music Theatre Camp (ages 12-17), and Intensive Summer History Classes for Royal Conservatory of Music exams in August.





Dance Co

Dance Co's summer dance camps are a fun mix of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acro, Contemporary/Lyrical, Improvisation, and Hip Hop for all ages. Join Dance Co for a fun-filled week of dancing in July and/or August to try out new styles or work on dance technique over the summer.





UBC Camps

UBC Camps offers a wide range of camps programming that include arts, music, adventure, health and enrichment and sports and recreation.

These camps provide the opportunity to stay healthy, build confidence, social and life skills through tailored programming for youth ages 2-18.






Hopefully the list above inspired you to grab an instrument, ballet shoes, or costume and head off to the coolest camp in town. If none of the performing arts camps met your kids killer creative needs feel free to check out our huge selection of other awesome local camps and classes here.

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