Mu­sic & per­form­ing arts

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Ab­so­lute Mu­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (AMPAC)

D-1-23 & D-2-23, Block D, Jalan PJU1A/20B, Dataran Ara Da­mansara, PJ (03 7842 2420/www.face­book.coom/Ab­so­lute-Mu­sic-Per­form­ing-Arts-Cen­tre). AMPAC of­fers in­di­vid­ual or group classes on a wide range of in­stru­ments in­clud­ing the pi­ano, vi­o­lin and cello. There’s also the mu­sic play­ground for chil­dren up to 12 years old, the rock school (elec­tric gui­tar/bass/drums) for fu­ture rock stars, and voice classes for as­pir­ing Tay­lor Swifts or Sam Smiths. Mon-Fri, 2-10pm; Sat, 9am-5pm.

Aurora School of Dance

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in PJ (www. au­ro­radanceschool.com). Dubbed Malaysia’s premier dance school, Aurora pro­vides a di­verse and nur­tur­ing at­mos­phere where stu­dents un­dergo clas­si­cal bal­let train­ing, which is deemed the foun­da­tion of most dance styles. The Danc­ing Tots class for three- to four-yearolds pro­gresses to the Kinder Bal­let course for kids aged four and above. Sea­soned dancers can then join the Pri­mary Level or Ad­vanced Bal­let classes. Aurora’s other per­form­ing arts classes en­com­pass vo­cal train­ing, pi­ano and mu­si­cal the­atre.

Bent­ley Mu­sic Academy

Fourth floor, Wisma Bent­ley Mu­sic, 3 Jalan PJU 7/2, Mu­tiara Da­mansara, PJ (03 7727 3333/www.bma.com.my). En­rol your mini Mick Jag­ger in Bent­ley Mu­sic Academy. The cen­tre is one of few in Malaysia with the author­ity to con­duct Rock School Mu­sic Ex­am­i­na­tions val­i­dated by Lon­don’s Trin­ity Guild­hall. Be­sides the rock school syl­labus, Bent­ley of­fers mu­sic lessons for clas­si­cal gui­tar, cello, sax­o­phone and more. Classes can even be tai­lored for toddlers and pri­mary school kids. Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm; Sat, 9am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm.

DancePot

26-2, Plaza Crys­talville, Jalan Danau Ni­aga 1, off Jalan Gent­ing Ke­lang, Se­ta­pak (012 3800 299/www.dancepot.my). DancePot takes the lib­erty of ar­rang­ing two classes to run si­mul­ta­ne­ously so that par­ents and kids may take their re­spec­tive adult and kid classes at the same time. The cen­tre is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar among K-Pop fans and Zumba en­thu­si­asts. Mon-Fri, 7-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm (Call to make ap­point­ment).

En­finiti Academy

28-1 Jalan PJU5/20D, Pusat Perda­gan­gan Kota Da­mansara, PJ (03 6142 8115/www. en­fini­ti­a­cademy.word­press.com). En­finiti of­fers singing, danc­ing, mu­si­cal the­atre and scriptwrit­ing classes for kids and adults. The Act Up! Speech and Drama class for kids aged seven to 11 years old has re­ceived rave re­views for boost­ing kids’ self con­fi­dence. (Class time) Daily, 9am-10pm; (Of­fice hours) Daily, 9am-6pm.

Ju­nior Jazzer­cise

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in KL (www.jazzer­cise. com.my). Jazzer­cise is a unique ap­proach to ex­er­cise rou­tines by jazz­ing them up with dance moves. Your kids will be work­ing up a sweat without re­al­is­ing it. Ju­nior Jazzer­cise also gives its stu­dents a chance to show­case what they have learnt by stag­ing per­for­mances.

Karen Barnes School of Dance

14 Lorong Ti­mor, Sec­tion 9, PJ (019 345 5110/Face­book: Karen Barnes School of Dance). If your child is keen on pur­su­ing a ca­reer in dance, con­sider send­ing them to Karen Barnes School of Dance, which pro­vides in-depth train­ing in bal­let, mod­ern dance and tap dance. Its ex­cel­lent fa­cil­i­ties, which in­clude a dance and a drama stu­dio, are housed in a bun­ga­low.

kl­pac

Sen­tul Park, Jalan Stra­chan, off Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah, 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) serves as a plat­form for young peo­ple be­tween the ages of 16 and 25 to ex­press them­selves by cre­at­ing mean­ing­ful the­atre. The cen­tre also has a chil­dren’s the­atre pro­gramme, which re­volves around games and ac­tiv­i­ties to help chil­dren de­velop in­ter­ac­tion and self-ex­pres­sion skills. If your child’s sched­ule is al­ready rel­a­tively full, opt for one of kl­pac’s school hol­i­day pro­grammes that run for one to two short weeks.

Pe­nang Jam­min’ Sen­za­tion

4M Jalan Masjid Negeri, Je­lu­tong (04 659 5122/012 478 3966/www. jam­min­sen­za­tion.com). In ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar mu­sic classes, Jam­min’ Sen­za­tion runs a spe­cialised course that in­te­grates singing, vo­cal train­ing and rhythm with move­ment. Out­side of the class­room, the mu­sic school helps host char­ity con­certs. Jam­min’ re­cently in­tro­duced two new classes for kids: the Baby Love Mu­sic fun (for in­fants be­tween three to 14 months) and the Tod­dler Mu­sic Magic (for toddlers up to two years old). Tue-Fri, 10am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-7pm.

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 that aims to share a love of per­form­ing arts with the pub­lic. The adults and kids dance classes are var­ied, rang­ing from cul­tural dances like Zapin to con­tem­po­rary pop and lock moves as made pop­u­lar by Quest Crew. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm.

Perak Alto Mu­sic Cen­tre

55a Jalan Laluan Pinji Seni 4, Ta­man Pinji, Ipoh (05 255 0564). Get your lit­tle ones started on the right track at Alto Mu­sic Cen­tre. The Lit­tle Fin­gers pro­gramme re­volves around Guild­hall elec­tronic key­boards as well as dig­i­tal and clas­si­cal pi­ano.

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions Baby­tots@Play

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www. baby­tot­sat­play.com). The baby cen­tre’s pro­grammes are struc­tured mu­si­cally and cater to four age groups: Baby Bell (eight weeks to six months), Baby Boost (six to 18 months), Happy Tots (18 to 30 months) and Boo­gie Tots (two and a half to four years).

He­len O’ Grady Chil­dren’s Drama Academy

Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide (www. he­lenogrady.com.my). He­len O’ Grady uses drama as a de­vel­op­men­tal plat­form and fo­cuses on speech-work, co­or­di­na­tion and im­pro­vi­sa­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. This highly pop­u­lar kids’ drama pro­gramme gives lit­tle ones a boost in their self-es­teem and so­cial skills. At the end of each se­mes­ter, the 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 fill up kids’ school breaks.

The Tem­ple of Fine Arts

116 Jalan Ber­hala, Brick­fields, KL (03 2274 3709); 5392 Jalan Dato’ Palem­bang Bukit Baru, Malacca (06 231 0576); 1 Babing­ton Av­enue, Ge­orge Town, Pe­nang (04 228 8575); 19 Jalan Da­pat, Jo­hor Bahru, Jo­hor (07 222 7400/www.tfa.org.my). This sanc­tu­ary of art wel­comes chil­dren into the artis­tic and cul­tural pur­suit of clas­si­cal In­dian dance and mu­sic. The cen­tre caters to chil­dren as young as four years old and be­lieves that the holis­tic growth of a child is through the in­volve­ment of mu­sic and dance. An­cient dances like Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi in­volve rig­or­ous prac­tise and dis­ci­pline, which will be in­stilled in your child with the help of their ex­pe­ri­enced and cre­ative in­struc­tors. There’s also the much-loved Bol­ly­wood dance, pop­u­larised by the nu­mer­ous Hindi films stream­ing across the In­dian me­dia. For some­thing more cur­rent, con­tem­po­rary dance classes are also avail­able, where stu­dents are taken through the con­trolled foot­work of bal­let while in­cor­po­rat­ing mod­ern and jazz styles of dance. If dance is not your lit­tle one’s thing, con­sider en­cour­ag­ing them to pick up Car­natic vo­cal (a sys­tem of mu­sic and singing from South­ern In­dia) or the Venu (the old­est flute in In­dia that has fig­ured greatly in an­cient folk­lore and In­dian mythol­ogy), or sign up for the Bala Vi­har (an in­tro­duc­tory course that’s spe­cially crafted for chil­dren be­tween four to six years old where they will be ex­posed to the prin­ci­ples of dance, mu­sic, yoga and In­dian cul­ture). For kids aged 4 and above.

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