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Performing Arts Classes
Generously Supported by Wells Fargo


Free Performing Arts Classes Grades 5 - 12 

Our approach to arts education seamlessly blends diverse curriculum and hands-on activity with valuable instruction from our talented teaching artists to engage students of all ages! 

School groups can sign up for FREE interactive classroom instruction in: music, dance, and/or musical theater in our education facilities on the Kimmel Center campus. 

Classes are offered on a request basis, on:

  • Tuesday through Friday
  • At 10PM and/or 12PM 

Classes are intended for school groups (not individual instruction).

Additionally, all classes are humanities-based and support cross-curriculum learning through the National Standards. All classes are grade-appropriate. 

The 2016-2017 season will end Mid-May 2017! 



Jazz Scat Singing

From Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Mel Tormé and Take Six, the art of scat singing has thrilled audiences and jazz lovers for generations. Try your hand at creating cool jazz scat riffs with teaching artist Andrew Lawson, who will guide you on an amazing, interactive musical journey of scat singing replete with audible and visual examples.

Harlem Renaissance

Take a ride on the “A” train to Sugar Hill and discover the many colors, sights, and sounds of the Harlem Renaissance. Explore the social culture, music, dance, visual art, literary works, and the people who created them during this time of rich cultural rebirth in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Travel to a place and time where African-American artistic expression flourished, leaving its indelible impact on American culture and the world. Sing, scat, and dance the Lindy Hop and experience one of America’s most phenomenal and celebrated artistic treasures.


Jazz Chasse 

If you want to bop, drop, sizzle, and pop then this is the class for you. Join our teaching artist Jaquetta Colson in this exciting dance class and learn some of the basic elements of jazz choreography performed in major musical theater productions. Students will learn about some of the early pioneers of jazz dance including Bob Fosse, Katherine Dunham, and Jerome Robbins before trying their talents on the floor moving to world-renowned musical excerpts from West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, and more! 

No previous dance experience is necessary; classes can accommodate beginner to advanced levels.

Musical Theater:

American Musical Theater

Musical Theater has many treasures of song, dance, and storytelling. Discover the magic of Broadway and some of its iconic and best loved musicals. Students collaborate in groups to develop a musical theater scene—creating the story, characters, setting, and songs. Students will develop their knowledge of this exciting American genre by developing a fun and stimulating creation of their own.

Stage Presence

Actress and comedienne Jennifer Blaine teaches the many facets of self- presentation through acting fundamentals and improvisation. Students and teachers will create characters and work with topics and relevant situations that will help motivate creativity and encourage self-expression while learning cutting-edge theater techniques. Experience this new and exciting and innovative addition to the Kimmel Center's educational offerings.

NEW! Technology Art Classes

 The Music, the Movie and Me (Grades 5-12) 

Please inquire at 

Using cutting- edge industry methods of video and music students will produce collaborative projects in two class workshops.

Class size (20) and availability is limited. Reservations must be received in advance.
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Studio Magic- You Can Do This! (Grades 5-12)

Learn the basics of music technology in a fun-filled hour of exploration using state of the art equipment and software.

Class size is limited (20) and reservations must be made one month or more in advance.
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Stay Tuned for More Details! 

Spend an afternoon learning about the many
rich arts education possibilities offered by
the Kimmel Center, its Resident Companies
and other Philadelphia arts organizations.
Live teaching demonstrations and ticket
giveaways are an added feature of this event
for educators and administrators of pre-k to
grade 12 education.

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Sponsors: THANK YOU!

Education programs at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts are generously sponsored by:

  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Aramark
  • Bank of America
  • Chubb 
  • Connelly Foundation
  • Deloitte
  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
  • Doran Family Foundation
  • Elliott-Lewis Corporation
  • Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • GSK
  • Health Partners Plans
  • David and Patricia Holveck
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Lincoln Financial Foundation
  • Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
  • Lomax Family Foundation
  • M & T Bank
  • Merck
  • Origlio Beverage
  • Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company
  • PNC Foundation
  • Thomas Skelton Harrison Foundation
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo

Endowment: Citizen’s Bank Foundation, Comcast Foundation, The Sidney Kimmel Foundation, Dr. Richard M. Klein, Lincoln Financial Foundation, McLean Contributionship, PNC Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Savitz, Sunoco Foundation, and Wells Fargo.