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American Ballet Theater
Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School is a pre-professional ballet training program for students, ages 12-18. Under the direction of Franco De Vita, Artistic Director, students thrive in an elite atmosphere dedicated to the success of each student. Admission is by audition only.

Ballet Academy East 
Since 1979, Ballet Academy East has been a vibrant center for dance on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In 1978, Julia Dubno, the founder and director of Ballet Academy East was selected by Christine Fokine to run the Fokine Ballet School. That experience led to the opening of Ballet Academy East in a brownstone on East 79th Street with one small studio in 1979. Today the school has five spacious studios, a world-renowned faculty and continues to flourish. Miss Dubno continues to manage the day-to-day operations and is in close contact with the faculty and staff in order to be kept abreast of all areas of the school.

Broadway Artists Alliance
BAA Junior is a program designed specifically for young performers ages 6-10 who show great promise in musical theatre but are not yet old enough to attend our other workshops and intensives. Students will study voice, acting, and dance in a small group setting where they will develop their fundamental performance skills and explore their creativity. Classes will include theatre games, improvisation, vocal technique, song/scene interpretation, and learning original Broadway choreography from shows like Annie, Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins! The instructors for this program specialize in working with young children and every class will be an energetic, positive environment where the students can make friends and have fun! BAA Junior is also a fantastic opportunity for students to get introduced to Broadway Artists Alliance and prepare themselves for our other workshops and intensives. All students will attend a Broadway show, receive a private coaching from a member of our Senior Staff, and participate in a final Industry Showcase for Casting Directors, Agents and Managers who specialize in working with young performers!

Ellison Ballet
This year-round program is designed to meet the needs of dedicated students 12-19 years of age from across the U.S. and abroad, who seek the highest standard of classical ballet education to prepare for a professional career.

French Academie of Ballet
Designed with the young dancer in mind, this detailed orientated program emphasizes individual attention in a small class size setting.  Class sizes are limited in order to insure that every dancer is given the necessary personal instruction along with support and encouragement to enable them to progress quickly. The curriculum based on American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum and is taught by ABT Certified Teachers. Dancers who successfully finish the Young Dancer curriculum will be promoted to the French Academie of Ballet’s Pre-Professional Program.

Julliard Pre-College Division
The Juilliard Pre-College Division is a program for students of elementary through high school age who exhibit the talent, potential, and accomplishment to pursue a career in music. It runs on Saturdays from September through May.
The division offers a complete curriculum of music instruction that requires a considerable amount of time and commitment on the part of the students. Recognizing the importance of early development and discipline in the music field, the School provides an atmosphere where artistic gifts and technical skills can flourish.
The curriculum includes weekly lessons in the major field, chamber music, and classes in music theory and ear training. Additional electives are offered in areas such as composition, music history, conducting, and other specialized topics.  Students are given ample opportunities in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts.

Manhattan Youth Ballet
Manhattan Youth Ballet (MYB) is a world-class academy dedicated to preparing aspiring young dancers for professional careers at the national, international and regional level. MYB achieves its mission by offering a comprehensive curriculum and ballet pedagogy based upon the European classical tradition honoring precision, artistry and discipline combined with the American ethos celebrating individuality and versatility.  Serving the needs of New York City’s diverse dance community, MYB’s accomplished faculty strive to create an environment where each student achieves their personal goals, while developing a lifelong love for dance.

Mannes College The New School for Music
Mannes Prep combines a warm and supportive atmosphere with thorough pre-professional training. Our personal, continuing interest in the musical growth of each student is central to the spirit of Mannes. Mannes Prep welcomes students ages 4-18 (pre-K through high school) at all levels, from absolute beginners through advanced students aspiring to professional careers. Each student’s curriculum is individually tailored to include age- and level-appropriate class and ensemble assignments. Under the direction of a faculty dedicated to creating a feeling of community, students learn to encourage one another to reach their full potential.

School of American Ballet 
SAB, located at New York City’s Lincoln Center, is today the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB’s former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies. Approximately 450 boys and girls, ranging in age from six to eighteen, attend classes during the School’s ten-month Winter Term. A five-week Summer Course attracts an additional 200 of the nation’s top ballet students. Admission is by audition only.

The Ailey School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 
he Ailey School offers several training options for dancers ages 7 to 25 who wish to pursue a career in dance. The Professional Division Program caters to students ages 17 to 25 and the Junior Division Program to ages 7 to 17. The Junior Division also offers creative movement class for children between the ages of 3 and 6. The Ailey School’s Junior Division offers a diverse range of dance training classes and performance opportunities for students  from beginner to pre-professional.

The School at Steps 
The School at Steps cultivates young dancers, ages 18 mos. – 18 yrs., from their first step in a dance studio through their pre-professional training. Students discover their individual artistic voices in a creative environment with the guidance of an internationally recognized faculty. The personal attention the school provides encourages students to mature as dancers, grow as individuals, and enrich their passion for the art form. School at Steps graduates go on to dance with professional companies, study at top college dance programs, and perform on Broadway.

826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Each year we organize aYoung Authors’ Book Project. Working closely with teachers, we match a well-known guest author and volunteers with students at a school for a semester-long writing and publishing project. 826NYC staff work closely with a teacher in the school to determine the subject of the project that aligns with the teacher’s current curriculum and Common Core standards. Once defined, volunteers work with students on a weekly basis to assist them as they write and edit their pieces. The students’ stories, essays and/or poems are ultimately collected and professionally published.
In addition to the YABP, we run multi-session in-school projects each year to provide curriculum support to teachers. These projects culminate in a publication of the students’ work. Each project is led by our Director of Education, Rebecca Darugar, with the help of four to five trained volunteers.
The strength of our volunteer base allows us to provide in-school support to work with students in New York City classrooms. If you are a K-12 teacher and would like to add your name to our in-schools waitlist, please email our Director of Education, Rebecca Darugar at rebecca@826nyc.org718-499-9884

Center for Fiction
Provides low-cost workshops led by celebrated and award-winning writers. Contact sara@centerforfiction.org for more info.

Girls Who Write 
With mentors and mentees writing side by side, our monthly workshops are where are community gathers, where we take creative risks, where we remember that we are all in this together. Everyone is challenged to work outside her natural genre: poets become memoirists, memoirists become screenwriters, writers become performing comedians. Focus is girls, underserved and high school, but a resource for authors, honing craft and mentorship model. 212.336.9330

Gotham Writers 
Established in 1993, Gotham soon became a New York City institution, then a virtual home to writers from almost every country in the world. View an online course catalog for Spring 2016 at https://www.writingclasses.com/cat/GWW_Spring_2016.pdf 

Institute for Writing & Thinking, Bard College 
Professional Development Opportunity. The July weeklong workshops offer teachers an opportunity to develop an understanding of “writing-based teaching,” its theory and practices, and its application in the classroom. Each workshop will focus on writing methods that deepen learning across all subject areas–literature, history, grammar, and STEM.

Early-bird fee: $1,350 – The early-bird deadline is June 1, 2016

Regular fee (after June 1): $1,500

Early-bird Commuter fee*: $1,050

Regular Commuter fee* (after June 1): $1,200

INTERLOCHEN Center for the Arts
Creative Writing Program for Grades 6-9. Immerse yourself in the world of poetry and fiction during our three-week creative writing program for grades 6-9. Guided by teachers who are also professional writers, you will develop a portfolio of poems and stories, and learn how to give and receive constructive feedback.


Johns Hopkins CTY Online Programs Writing Series
The Johns Hopkins University CTY Online Programs Writing Series is designed especially for these children. Begun in 1983 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, these courses provide gifted writers in grades 5-12 rare opportunities to work with professional writers to explore both academic and creative writing.

Crafting the Essay- http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/docs/syllabi/wrtg_1.pdf

Writing About Placehttp://cty.jhu.edu/summer/docs/syllabi/wbay_1.pdf

Whodunit? Mystery and Suspense on Literature and Filmhttp://cty.jhu.edu/summer/docs/syllabi/whod_1.pdf

Graphic Novel-http://cty.jhu.edu/summer/docs/syllabi/gnov_1.pdf

Writing for an Audiencehttp://cty.jhu.edu/ctyonline/courses/arts_humanities/writing_for_audience_all.html

Crafting Poetry-http://cty.jhu.edu/ctyonline/courses/arts_humanities/crafting_poetry_cdpo.html

Lincoln Center Theater- Songwriting in the Schools
In the Songwriting in the Schools Program, middle and high school students engage in a rigorous creative process, writing their own songs from a character’s point of view under the guidance of a professional lyricist and a composer. At the end of the 9-session residency, students share their work with their peers. All students receive a CD of their songs. 212-501-3247

Lincoln Center Theater, Middle School Shakespeare Program
Middle school students study one Shakespeare play a year and participate with LCT teaching artists in an interactive performance of that play at Lincoln Center in May.

NYU Creative Writing Program
Welcome to the undergraduate Creative Writing Program. Located in the very heart of literary Greenwich Village, the undergraduate program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the writing life with workshops, readings, internships, writing prizes, and events designed to cultivate and inspire.

Play Scripts for Middle School
Playscripts plays and musicals represent a great diversity of voices, styles, and stories, and have been enjoyed in over 100 countries. We license amateur and professional productions, publish standard acting editions, binder books, collections, and eScripts. The Playscripts website provides a unique and extensive suite of services for playwrights and customers. Visitors can search for plays that fit their specific needs, read lengthy script samples for free, and buy books and performance rights, online with ease.

SKIDMORE COLLEGE- The 18th annual New York State Summer Young Writers Institute (NYSSYWI)
June 28 – July 10, 2016 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Co-sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and Skidmore College, this well-established creative writing workshop for high school students provides opportunities to work one-on-one with professional writers and editors. Participants will receive instruction in poetry, fiction, and dramatic writing (screenwriting, playwriting, and dramatic monologue) from nationally recognized writers who are also skillful teachers. The NYSSYWI provides young authors with not only opportunities to develop professionally, but also with recognition, respect, and invaluable peer support. The Institute is open to any high school student entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2016, who is a resident of the United States.

Symphony Space/ Thalia Book Club 
Thalia Book Club Camp is a unique program geared for avid readers and writers ages 9 – 13 offering up-close interaction with favorite children’s book authors and illustrators. Campers will meet with children’s book authors, take part in book discussions, and go on book-related field trips around New York CityFor more info about the camp visit http://www.symphonyspace.org/thalia-book-club-camp or contact Madeline Cohen at thaliabookclubcamp@symphonyspace.org or 212.864.1414 ext. 221.

Teaching of Writing Institute at TC
SUMMER INSTITUTE JUNE 20-24 & AUG 1-5- $825 Writing Institute Highlights: Common Core-aligned curriculum development in the teaching of writing; Creating ambitious goals that encourage independence, volume, qualities of good writing and craft; Genre studies in writing essays, short fiction and informational texts; Methods of holding students accountable for doing their best work; Teaching reading in the writing workshop; Classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration; Using performance assessments and writing continua to develop data-based instruction in writing; Toolkits, charts and other resources that support writers in revision; Teaching students to research towards source-based information and argument writing and using technology to enhance the research and writing process.

The Writers Studio
Creative fiction and poetry workshops to high school students living in Brooklyn.  After-school workshops and an intensive summer writing camp are offered free of charge in Bedford-Stuyvesant at the Beacon Center inside Middle School 35.  The purpose of these workshops is to help high school students discover their personal voices through writing and reading contemporary fiction and poetry. For more info contact Rebecca Gee at rebecca@writerstudio.com or 347-633-2280

The Writing Faculty
We believe that every student benefits from individualized attention. Our instructors tailor each writing course to your student’s specific needs, customizing lesson plans and assignments to fit his or her skill level, goals, and learning style. You can choose your preferred tutor from our team of exceptional instructors, all of whom have a wealth of teaching and writing experience. Programs offered for elementary and middle school students in the categories of Academic Support, Admissions Assistance, Creative Writing and Unique Writing Programs. http://www.thewritingfaculty.com/programs-ems/elementary-middle-school-fiction-programs/ 1-800-262-WRITE

University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop
Summer 2016 Dates * Session I: June 19-July 1 * Session II: July 3-22 9th-12th graders- The Studio Workshops evolve through the dynamic principles of play, invention, response, revision, performance, and publication. Participants learn strategies to invent, develop, and revise material using the writer’s most essential tools—language, imagination, craft, sight, and insight. They conference with instructors and peer writers. They examine contemporary artists’ work. They become more discerning readers.

Uptown Stories
Courses include: Intro to Storytelling; The Elements of Fiction; Creating Otherworlds; Writing & Drawing Comics; Writing for the Stage; Write Like a Girl. For more info contact Kate Reuther, Executive Director at (929) 27-STORY. Kate Reuther is the founder and director of Uptown Stories.  She has taught writing for over fifteen years, in both public and private schools, including Calhoun, Fieldston, and Bank Street.  Her own fiction has appeared in The Madison Review, Brain ChildSalamander, and The Ledge.  She has a BA in English from Yale and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Writopia Lab fosters joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing. *They are offering a FREE 3 hour workshop for educators on JUNE 9 For more info contact Rebecca Wallace-Segall ; Executive Director; rebecca@writopialab.org (212) 222-4088.
Young Writers Workshop
Six studio workshops are offered in Graphic Fiction & Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Songwriting, Screen and Playwriting

Young Writers Workshop at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Grades 9-11; Unlike conventional workshops in expository and creative writing, Simon’s Rock’s focuses on using informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen skills of language and thinking. Out of these informal writing activities, using techniques of peer response, students develop more polished pieces, ranging from pers onal narratives to stories, poems, and exploratory essays. For more info contact jamieh@simons-rock.edu or 413-528-723.

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