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Hudson Valley summer programs for the arts

Summer art camps heat up creativity for kids

Are you looking for additional artistic summer programs in the Hudson Valley? There are plenty of dance, music, and performing art camps in Dutchess county, Orange county, and Ulster county for kids to try!

The Music School at Dutchess Community College


The Music School at Dutchess Community College offers three programs in the arts for children during the summer. The Summer Piano Institute for ages 5 years old and up includes individual and group lessons, theory, technique and music history classes.


The Annual Performing Arts Institute for students ages 8 to 17 years old includes learning about the fundamentals of theatre, acting, dance, and singing.

Activities include theatre games, improvisation, scene study, musical theater production numbers, learning various dance styles, choral and solo singing, mime, juggling, and play writing.


Cultural Expressions through Guitar, Song and Dance is a weeklong program for ages 7 to 16 years old, and features guitar instruction daily for all levels, daily vocal technique instruction, learning songs of many cultures, and instruction in multicultural dances. 845-431-8916


Orange County School of Dance


“Children flourish when surrounded by the arts,” says Joanne Furman-Markowitz, Director of Orange County School of Dance. “Self-esteem, creativity and pride in their accomplishments are a few of the many benefits of being involved in the arts.”

The Orange County School of Dance in Monroe offers dance and arts camp for ages 5 through 18 years old. Dance camp consists of ballet, modern, jazz and repertory classes where an entire dance is taught in one week. Arts camp consists of art, group piano, voice and a jazz dance classes.

The dance classes are taught by Furman-Markowitz, who danced professionally in New York City.  The voice and piano classes are taught by Nafisa Manapat, a music instructor at the school with over fifteen years of teaching experience.

Summer Adventure at Woodstock Day School


“In an intimate and supportive setting, with adults at the helm of each age group, Summer Adventure provides a magical and stimulating way to spend summer days,” says Pam Camara, Director of Summer Adventure at Woodstock Day School.


Summer Adventure, for ages 3 to 12 years old, includes a wide array of activities including singing, movement arts and yoga, African drum and dance, visual and ceramic arts. They also offer specialty camps where a child can focus on writing, guitar, or musical theater, along with several other options.


“Each Friday afternoon, campers, families, and friends gather under our tent to for ‘All Camp Gathering’,” says Camara. “We share the highlights of what we’ve been doing week-long in a performance of music, dances, comedy, and improvisation. This event has become a favorite of returning families year after year.”

845-246-3744 (ext. 120)


More creative camps


There are many summer camp programs in the region that specialize in the arts. Visit Hudson Valley Parent’s Virtual Camp Fair at to find a summer camp for your child that focuses on the performing and visual arts.

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Janine Boldrin is a writer who lives in West Point with her family.