Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS) Summer Performing Arts Academy Announces Five Tuition-Free Camps Starting June 2012

Washington, DC, May 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Washington Performing Arts Society’s tuition-free Summer Performing Arts Academy opens on Monday, June 18.

Capitol Jazz and Capitol Strings camps culminate WPAS Capitol Arts Initiative programming in DCPS partner schools, which began in the 2011 fall semester for participating students.

Registration for WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir and Summer Steps with Step Afrika! camps are open to the public. Free breakfast and lunch are provided for all camps (as part of the DC Free Summer Meals Program).

Applicants can register online at http://www.wpas.org/education/kids/spaa

For additional information, contact Koto Maesaka at (202) 533-1861 or education@wpas.org.

Fifth Annual Capitol Jazz Camp

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
June 18 - June 22, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grades 6-8
Limited to students in the middle schools participating in the WPAS Capitol Jazz Project

DC Public Schools music students participating in the WPAS Capitol Jazz Project expand their music study with jazz music experts. The workshop is led by a distinguished faculty comprised of area jazz teaching artists and professionals Jazz Update and a guest artist from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Second Annual Capitol Strings Camp

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
June 18 - June 22, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grades 4-5
Limited to students in schools participating in the WPAS Capitol Strings Project

DC Public School music students participating in the Capitol Strings Project expand their exploration of string music instruction using the O’Connor String Method. The workshop is led by WPAS teaching artists the L’Enfant String Trio.

Playful Rhythms Camp

Savoy Elementary School
2400 Shannon Pl. SE, Washington, DC 20020
June 25 - June 29, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Ages 4-7
Limited to students attending DCPS partner school Savoy Elementary School

WPAS Playful Rhythms Camp uses Orff and Dalcroze methods of early childhood training to immerse young children in interactive activities in the music and dance of other cultures while exploring various rhythmic styles and playing percussion instruments.

Children of the Gospel Choir Children of the Gospel Vocal Workshop

WPAS Children of the Gospel ChoirVermont Avenue Baptist Church
July 16 - July 27, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Appropriate for grades 4-12 (Minimum age: 9)
Application fee: $80 (Letter of recommendation from vocal teacher or choir director required)

The Annual WPAS Children of the Gospel Vocal Workshop is a two-week program that provides young vocalists the tools to broaden their vocal range and technique while building skills in leadership, team-building, and self-confidence. Members of WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir have performed at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service in 2009 and on NBC’s Today Show, as well as at the Kennedy Center and other venues.

Summer Steps with Step Afrika!

Camp Location TBA, August 6-10,
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Appropriate for grades 4-11 (Minimum age: 9)
Application fee: $40 (Letter of recommendation from dance teacher required)

WPAS Summer Steps with Step Afrika! is a one-week program exploring the variations of the tradition of stepping, as well as its associations with other percussive dance styles. Led by members of the DC-based Step Afrika! stepping troupe, the program helps participants build discipline and leadership skills while exploring the importance of planning for college and career goals.

WPAS Capitol Arts Initiative Partnership Schools

Alice Deal Middle School, Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, Burrville Elementary School, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Ron Brown Middle School, Hart Middle School, Savoy Elementary School, Simon Elementary School, Stuart Hobson Middle School, Sousa Middle School, Turner Elementary School, Terrell Elementary

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts. WPAS is committed to making every event accessible for persons with disabilities. Please call the WPAS Ticket Services Office for more information on accessibility to the various theaters in which our performances are held.  Services offered vary from venue to venue and may require advance notice.

Washington Performing Arts Society has created profound opportunities for connecting the community to artists, in both education and performance.  Through live events in venues that criss-cross the landscape of the D.C. metropolitan area, the careers of emerging artists are guided, and established artists who have bonded with the local audience are invited to return.  In this way, the space between artists and audiences is eliminated, so that all may share life-long opportunities to deepen their cultural knowledge, enrich their lives, and expand their understanding and compassion of the world through the universal language of the arts.