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.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.
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).
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.
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.
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.