Mu­sic & per­form­ing arts

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Ab­so­lute Mu­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (AMPAC)

D-1-23 & D-2-23, Block D, Jalan PJU 1A/20B, Dataran Ara Da­mansara, PJ (03 7842 2420/www.ampac.com.my). On of­fer at AMPAC is a com­pre­hen­sive range of mu­sic classes which in­clude key­board, pi­ano, vi­o­lin and cello, avail­able as ei­ther in­di­vid­ual or group op­tions. There’s also the mu­sic play­ground, for chil­dren up to 12 years, as well as the rock school (elec­tric gui­tar/ bass/drums) for fu­ture rock stars. They also of­fer voice classes for as­pir­ing Ce­lines and El­tons. Mon-Fri, 2-10pm; Sat, 9am-5pm.

Aurora School of Dance

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in PJ (www. au­ro­radanceschool.com). The Aurora School of Dance fos­ters ex­cel­lence in stu­dents by pro­vid­ing a rig­or­ous, di­verse and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Dubbed Malaysia’s pre­mier dance school, stu­dents re­ceive pro­fes­sional clas­si­cal ballet train­ing, which is the foun­da­tion of all dance and per­for­mance op­por­tu­ni­ties. Ballet classes start off with Danc­ing Tots, for those three to four years of age. Those four and above can join the Kin­der Ballet and Mod­ern classes be­fore en­ter­ing the Pri­mary level classes. Sea­soned dancers can then progress to Ad­vanced Ballet classes. Al­ter­na­tively, kids can join the stu­dio’s per­form­ing arts classes which en­com­pass vo­cal train­ing, pi­ano and mu­si­cal theatre.

Bent­ley Mu­sic Academy

Wisma Bent­ley Mu­sic 3, Jalan PJU 7/2 Mu­tiara Da­mansara, PJ (03 7727 3333/ www.bma.com.my). En­rol your mini Mick Jag­ger in Rock School. The cen­tre is the au­tho­rised mu­sic cen­tre in the coun­try for the Rock School Mu­sic Ex­am­i­na­tions, val­i­dated by Lon­don’s Trinity Guild­hall. Al­ter­na­tively, let them take up one of the wide range of mu­si­cal cour­ses teach­ing ev­ery­thing from clas­si­cal gui­tar and cello to singing and sax­o­phone. There are also classes tai­lored to par­ents and their tod­dlers rang­ing from new­borns to pri­mary school­ers. The mu­sic academy of­fers group and in­di­vid­ual classes. Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm; Sat, 9am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm.

NEW Dance Pot

26-2, Plaza Crys­talville, Jalan Danau Ni­aga 1, off Jalan Gent­ing Ke­lang, Se­ta­pak (012 380 0299/www.dan­ce­pot.my). Dan­ce­Pot of­fers var­i­ous styles of dance that can spe­cially cater to all ages. Classes begin for kids as young as three years old, which is a good time to get your kids started with dance. What’s nice is that they tai­lor two classes that run at the same time so that par­ents can par­tic­i­pate while wait­ing for their chil­dren. Be­sides, this place is also one for K-pop­pers and Zumba en­thu­si­asts. Give them a call to book a class.

NEW En­finiti Academy

28-1 Jalan PJU5/20D, Pusat Perda­gan­gan Kota Da­mansara, PJ (03 6142 8115/www. en­fini­ti­a­cademy.word­press.com). Among oth­ers, En­finiti of­fers singing, danc­ing, mu­si­cal theatre and scriptwrit­ing classes for kids and adults. Check out their Act Up! Speech and Drama class for kids aged 7-11 years old where your child can boost self-con­fi­dence and dis­cover team­work and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Any­one can be a star at En­finiti. (Class time) Daily, 9am-10pm; (Of­fice hours) Daily, 9am-6pm.

Ju­nior Jazzercise (Kota Ke­mu­ning)

Kota Ke­mu­ning, Se­lan­gor (019 387 3193/www.face­book.com/ Ju­niorJazzer­ciseKo­taKe­mu­ning). There are hour-long classes for those be­tween

the ages of six to 11 years old and 12 to 18 years old. This unique ap­proach com­bines both easy dance moves and ex­er­cise rou­tines for kids to learn about health and fit­ness in a fun way. Stu­dents will also have a chance to show­case what they have learnt from their classes in per­for­mances for their com­mu­ni­ties.

Karen Barnes School of Dance

14 Lorong Ti­mor, Sec­tion 9, PJ (019 3455800). If your child is in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in dance, con­sider send­ing him or her to the Karen Barnes School of Dance, which prides it­self on de­vel­op­ing each stu­dent to their full po­ten­tial. The school pro­vides in-depth as well as mod­ern train­ing in ballet, mod­ern stage and tap for chil­dren from pre-school to pro­fes­sional lev­els. Its ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude a dance and a drama stu­dio, are housed in a lovely bun­ga­low. Give them a call to book a class.

Kin­der­musik Cour­ses

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in KL (www. kin­der­musikat­sim.com.my). With over 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in early child­hood devel­op­ment, Kin­der­musik is the world’s most re­spected name in mu­si­cal learn­ing. All classes or work­shops held are con­ducted to stim­u­late brain devel­op­ment and mo­tor skills in a fun, re­lat­able way. For a taste of what Kin­der­musik has to of­fer, sign up for a free trial class.

klpac

Sen­tul Park, Jalan Stra­chan, off Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah (for­merly Jalan Ipoh), KL (03 4047 9000/www.klpac.org). KLPac runs a unique pro­gramme – the only one in the coun­try – for teenagers and young adults. Theatre For Young Peo­ple (T4YP) is aimed at pro­vid­ing a plat­form for young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 16 and 25 to ex­press them­selves by cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful theatre. Also on of­fer is a chil­dren’s theatre pro­gramme which lasts three semesters. Each se­mes­ter has ten ses­sions and the pro­gramme is split into two age groups – three to six years and seven to 15 years. Theatre-based ac­tiv­i­ties and games help chil­dren de­velop their abil­i­ties to in­ter­act and en­cour­age self­ex­pres­sion as well as a sense of dis­cov­ery. Dur­ing the school hol­i­days, there are also pro­grammes span­ning one to two weeks for those who’d like a lower level of com­mit­ment.

(Box of­fice) Daily, 10.30am-6.30pm.

Musikhaus En­rich­ment Cen­tre

Block B-15-1, Sun­way Giza Shop­ping Mall, No2, Jalan PJU 5/12, PJU 5, Kota Da­mansara (03 6148 1886 /013 300 8655/ www.musikhaus.com.my). With the tagline, ‘Brain stim­u­la­tion through mu­sic’, Musikhaus of­fers mu­sic-filled classes for mini mu­si­cal Ein­steins. Musikhaus Ba­bies, catered to new­born to 18 month olds, pro­vides melody-filled par­ent-child bond­ing ses­sions while Musikhaus Bub­bles teaches tots to be in­de­pen­dent through imi­ta­tion. There is a mu­si­cal playschool for chil­dren aged be­tween two and four years old. In­stru­ment classes cater for ages four and up.

Mon-Fri, 8am-3pm; Sat-Sun, 9.30am-3pm.

PJ Live Arts Cen­tre

2A-3 Block K, Jaya One, 72A Jalan Uni­ver­sity, PJ (03 7960 0439/www. pjlivearts.my). Along­side mak­ing peo­ple laugh and cry with their ex­cel­lent ros­ter of pro­duc­tions, PJ Live Arts is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that reaches out to the com­mu­nity and uses the arts to raise funds for char­ity. PJ Live Arts en­cour­ages com­mu­nity in­volve­ment in the theatre and nur­tures young artists. Let your child learn or thing or two about arts through their shows.

(Box of­fice) Mon-Fri, 12noon-7pm.

Pe­nang

NEW Jam­min’ Sen­za­tion

4M Jalan Masjid Negeri, Je­lu­tong (04 659 5122/www.jam­min­sen­za­tion.com). In ad­di­tion to other regular mu­sic classes, this school runs a course that in­te­grates singing, au­ral train­ing and rhythm with move­ment. They also pro­vide vo­cal, dance, speech and drama train­ing.

Tue-Fri, 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-7pm.

NEW

Perak

pe­nang­pac

3H-3A-1, Quay One, Straits Quay, Jalan Seri Tan­jung Pi­nang, Tan­jung Tokong (04 899 1722/04 8991 2722/www.pe­nang­pac.org). A joint ven­ture be­tween The Ac­tors Stu­dio and Eastern & Ori­en­tal Ber­had, pe­nang­pac is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with an aim to share the love of the arts with the public. Here, classes are open for both chil­dren and adults rang­ing from cul­tural dances like Zapin to con­tem­po­rary pop and lock moves akin to Quest Crew.

Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.

Alto Mu­sic Cen­tre

55a Jalan Laluan Pinji Seni 4, Ta­man Pinji, Ipoh (05 255 0564). Get your lit­tle ones started on the right track with Alto’s Lit­tle Fin­gers, Guild­hall elec­tronic key­boards as well as dig­i­tal pi­ano and clas­si­cal pi­ano cour­ses.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

He­len O’ Grady Chil­dren’s Drama Academy

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www. he­lenogrady.com.my). Drama is used as a de­vel­op­men­tal plat­form whereby speech-work, co­or­di­na­tion, im­pro­vi­sa­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­er­cises are fo­cused on. Here at the world’s most popular chil­dren’s drama pro­gramme, kids will learn skills that will help boost con­fi­dence, self es­teem and so­cial abil­i­ties in a safe, healthy en­vi­ron­ment. Classes are for those aged five to 17 years old and are di­vided by age groups; lower pri­mary, up­per pri­mary and youth theatre. At the end of each year, th­ese young ac­tors and ac­tresses will present a short, scripted pro­duc­tion for Mum and Dad to watch and ap­plaud. The academy also of­fers hol­i­day pro­grammes to oc­cupy kids’ school breaks.

NEW Musik­garten

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www. musik­garten.biz). Musik­garten em­pha­sises the phi­los­o­phy of un­der­stand­ing how mu­sic and move­ment can foster a child’s mu­sic skills. Here, classes can cater to kids as young as new­borns and carry on till they are eight years old, when they fin­ish off by learn­ing the key­board. Par­ents can join in for the baby classes, which makes the ex­pe­ri­ence a lot more en­joy­able for the child. Check out their web­site to see where you can find classes near you.

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