Junior Academy for the Performing Arts

Discover the magic of Youth Theater with The Junior Academy for the Performing Arts (JAPA). Young performers ages 8 to 16 can join our team of rising stars, and work to create and present live theatrical productions throughout the year.

The JAPA program teaches techniques in various styles of theater with a focus on musical theater. Our instructors and guest artists are seasoned actors, singers, and dancers of the performing arts. Students will learn about these disciplines, all while experiencing the exhilaration of participating in the rehearsal process. At the end of each session, the JAPA ensemble will present a Broadway-style musical or play in a professional theater venue. 

JAPA works to foster the skills of teamwork, self-confidence, and artistic expression.  Students will discover the very best of themselves and be encouraged to share their stories in their own unique way. JAPA fosters a greater understanding of the necessity of the arts and creative expression in forming healthy, happy and productive adults. Whether new to stage or a seasoned performer, all levels are welcome to join. 

Fall Session 

Fall session has begun. 12-week intensive program fee: $500 residents/ $650 non-residents. The program is open to young performers ages 8 to 15. Rehearsals for JAPA are on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the Prince George’s County Room, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Whether a seasoned performer or new to the stage, all levels are welcome to join our team of rising stars! 

Performance Dates: Sunday, December 16, 3:30 PM; Clarice Smith Performing Art Dance Center

Classic Ballet Workshops

$160 (residents) / $208 (non-residents)                                                                                     Register today on PARKS DIRECT
Activity Number: 23632-502A                                                                                                       Proper Ballet Attire Required. This includes dance leotards, tights, and leather ballet shoes. Students should wear hair in a bun or pinned back out of their faces.

Barre Exercises: Saturday, October 6 
The student will discover the basic steps and exercises of the ballet barre. They will be introduced to terminology according to the Cecchetti School, as well as the Vaganova and English ballet schools.

Adagios and Variations in Centers and Corners: Saturday, October 20 
The student will move away from the barre and focus on floor exercises. Applying lessons learned from the previous workshops, they will learn steps and exercises in the execution of soft and moderate rhythms.

Allegros and Variations in Centers and Corners: Saturday, November 10 
Continuing an exploration of floor exercises, students will apply learned techniques to the positions and directions of the body in the execution of fast rhythms and choreography.