The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) 2020

The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a tuition-free, month-long summer arts intensive program, serving NYC public school students entering grades 8 through 12. This public-private partnership, hosted by Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with the support of key arts leaders, including Tony Bennett, was designed to increase access to advanced arts training to prepare students for college and career success in the arts. Now in its 18th year, SAI continues to provide approximately 400 students the opportunity to study dance, theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual art, or film.

Student feedback from summer 2018 was universally positive, and suggests that SAI is having a positive impact on participating students: 83% of program participants noting that they grew creatively as artists, and 75% noting that they learned new information regarding community and cultural resources. Going forward, SAI will continue to provide a high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant arts programming to students of all five boroughs, free of charge.

The 2020 Summer Arts Institute will take place from July 6 – July 31, 2020 at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. The program meets Monday-Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM.

Please complete this application in its entirety by 10 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition.

ARTS Interns Program

ARTS Intern places undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds in paid summer internships at museums and cultural institutions.
Since its inception in 1999, the program has provided an exciting opportunity for college undergraduates to learn about museum professions, through internships in museums and cultural institutions.
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Beyond Dance, Center for the Performing Arts

Beyond Dance, Center for the Performing Arts is a dance training facility located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  We are committed to cultivating the joy of learning in a rigorous and nurturing environment. Beyond Dance balances both traditional and innovative methods of teaching to provide each student with the opportunity to develop intellectual curiosity, attain excellence, build character, and grow as a dancer. The Beyond Dance staff, along with an array of talented and passionate faculty members, are committed to identifying and developing each student’s unique talents and social awareness.

We are an institution committed to dancers of all ages and abilities. 

We do not accept online registration, therefore all who wish to register must come to our studio location to register and sign up for class. For tuition pricing, please contact BD directly at 718-921-0655

Martha Graham School Intensive Programs

The Martha Graham Technique™ is based on the core power of Graham’s signature contraction and release. The Technique promotes strength, stamina, and self-expression and serves as a foundation for excellence in many styles of dance.


Graham Repertory – The study of Graham’s classic choreography offers students a deeper understanding of Graham’s expressive style as well as practice in valuable performance techniques.

Composition – This exploration of dance-making guides students in creating movement phrases, discovering their own artistic voice, and developing a personal ‘toolbox’ of choreographic techniques.

Ballet – Ballet training at the Martha Graham School focuses on the individual student’s abilities. The classes are structured to enhance and support the study of the Graham Technique.

Gyrokinesis, Open Classes, Contemporary, Master Classes

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Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC Program)

The Teen Reviewers and Critics (TRaC) Program is a FREE after-school opportunity for teens to explore the arts in NYC. Participants spend ten weeks attending cutting-edge theater, dance and music performances; visiting artist studios, galleries, and museums; mastering NYC’s subway system; learning the art of discussion and critical writing; producing media content; and so much more!

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Abrons Arts Center

The classes and workshops at Abrons Arts Center offer progressive, experiential learning opportunities for makers at all levels of artistic development. We encourage risk taking, collaboration, and embrace curiosity. Participants are encouraged to construct meaningful responses and collaborate while thinking critically.

Dance Classes For Youth + Teens

Theater Classes For Youth + Teens

Music Classes For Youth + Teens

Visual Arts Classes For Youth + Teens

Come make something new!

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Dancewave is a Brooklyn-based, non-profit dance center that embraces an innovative model of dance education. We have a high standard for rigorous training, which we combine with mentoring by accomplished dance professionals in an incredibly nurturing and non-competitive environment. Through this unique model, students of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds gain confidence, self-esteem and are able to express themselves authentically.

Dancewave’s Summer Dance Intensive is a two-week program offering kids and teens from across New York City the opportunity to take up to four classes a day with a broad range of renowned dance professionals from major NYC dance companies, schools, and techniques. Classes range from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

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East Village Dance Project

EAST VILLAGE DANCE PROJECT (EVDP), offers classes in modern, ballet, pointe, improvisation and beginning choreography. The program has been recognized for its innovative approach to dance and education, and for offering pre-professional classes to all, regardless of social or economic situation.

The EVDP Teen Company is a pre-professional audition-based performance troupe based at the Avenue C Studio in the heart of the Lower Manhattan. Now entering its tenth year, the company offers a platform for area teens to perform original, student generated choreography as well as repertory from talented guest choreographers.

*Because of the skills demanded by the work the company performs, students are encouraged to have taken over two years of continuous dance training.


Discounts, Scholarships and Internships are also available.

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Camp programs offer youth opportunities to experience camping through both overnight and day camp.  The Y offers day, specialty and sleepaway camp in NYC’s five boroughs and upstate New York.  For details, visit 


  • Teen Swim — New York City’s YMCA has been teaching kids how to swim for more than 150 years.
  • Lifeguard Training and Certification — The Y offers classes to teach you how to become a certified lifeguard.
  • Sports —  Youth sports programs include – baseball, basketball, boxing, flag football, general fitness & exercise, gymnastics, squash, racquetball, handball, tennis, kickball softball and volleyball.
  • Teen Dance — We offer tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, ballroom or a combination of and the majority of our Y branches.
  • Games & Recreation — We host teen centers and board game sessions to help neighborhood kids find new friends and a second home at the Y.


  • Teens Take the City — Teens Take the City is a dynamic leadership development program that offers NYC teens the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get involved in issues affecting them and their community.
  • Y Afterschool —  The Y runs more than 100 quality afterschool programs throughout in the city out of our branches and in New York City public schools.
  • College Preparation —  From touring colleges together with teens from the neighborhood to filling out necessary paper work, Y teen staff can help get you take charge of the college application process.
  • Tutoring — Homework help and learning center is available at select Ys.
  • Leaders Clubs — Teens improve their individual leadership and social skills while also experiencing new ways to give back and grow as human beings.
  • Youth & Government — Youth & Government lets young people experience how our nation’s democratic process works from the inside out. Starting with issues that stir their passions, teens learn to debate public policy, write legislation and (simulate) taking over the State Legislature in Albany.

To view a full list of YMCA Teen Programs, visit To get involved in the programs listed above, please contact your local branch and ask for the teen director.

Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM helps teens develop critical tools for experiencing art in after-school programs. These free programs cover a range of interests, from critical viewing and writing about performance and film, to dancing and choreography, to examining issues of social justice.

After-school programs are taught by arts professionals and include opportunities to experience performances by professional visiting companies. All programming is tailored to meet city and state learning standards and the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

Fall Dance Insider: High School dancers and choreographers gain special access to the artists of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival in this free workshop series, led in partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group. Participants gain rare insight into the creative process of world-renowned companies by attending performances, engaging in discussion, and participating in intensive classes led by the artists themselves.

Arts and Justice: an interdisciplinary visual and performing arts program that helps students examine issues related to social justice.

Application Deadline Extended: Oct 25, 2019.

Dancing into the Futureoffers hands-on instruction in dance and choreography from an esteemed roster of professional artists.  For Grades 9-12 only. All students must complete an online application and interview in order to be considered for the program. No previous experience is required. BAM will cover the cost of performance tickets.

Application deadline: December 31, 2019.

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