Music & performing arts
KL & Surrounds
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.