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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.ampac.com.my). AMPAC of­fers in­di­vid­ual as well as 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

96 Jalan SS14/1, Subang Jaya (03 5634 3914); 23, Jalan USJ 10/1F, Taipan Busi­ness Cen­tre, Subang Jaya (03 5634 6984); 19-3 Jalan PJU 5/9, Kota Da­mansara (03 7496 1913/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

Sec­ond floor, 140-142, Jalan Bukit Bin­tang, KL (03 2144 3333); 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 the 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.

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).

NEW Dances­teps

20 Jalan So­laris 5, So­laris Mont Kiara, KL (03 6211 1753/dances­teps.com.my). Lo­cated in the heart of post Mont Kiara is dance academy Dances­teps, es­tab­lished by lo­cal dancer Dato’ Shirena Hamzah in 1999. Her pas­sion for help­ing young lo­cal tal­ents de­velop their skills and pur­sue their dreams has at­tracted many qual­i­fied teach­ers to teach here. A wide range of classes is of­fered here, in­clud­ing bal­let, con­tem­po­rary dance, tap dance and hip hop. The stu­dio also hosts also reg­u­lar per­for­mances to en­cour­age the stu­dents to be con­fi­dent in per­form­ing in front of a crowd. Con­tact cen­tre for sched­ules.

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. (Of­fice hours) Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm. Check web­site for sched­ules.

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. Con­tact cen­tre for sched­ules.

klpac

Sen­tul Park, Jalan Stra­chan, off Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah, KL (03 4047 9031/ 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.

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