NSM Essential Guide to Kids’ Classes 2018: Creative Arts

It’s the start of a brand new school year, which means that all the fabulous local classes and activities are currently taking enrolments for Term 1. If you’re looking to introduce your child to a new activity, then have a browse through our Essential Guide to Kids’ Classes: Creative Arts, which is filled with dance, ballet, acrobatics, performing arts, music and art classes.

We also have swimming, sports, martial arts and education in our NSM Essential Guide to Kids Classes: Active Bodies & Minds edition.

Many classes are offering North Shore Mums a free trial, a discount on term fees or other special offers. Just make sure you mention North Shore Mums or enter the special code when you enquire. Use the links below to quickly shoot to the listing in the guide:



Atkinson’s Dance Academy (Lindfield , Killara, Gordon, Turramurra)

NSM OFFER: Free trial class

Atkinson’s Dance Academy offers a wide range of dance styles, including RAD classical ballet, tiny tots, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, tap, musical theatre and eisteddfod coaching. Energetic fun and exciting classes with professional teaching staff with amazing experience in the dance industry. Their end of year concert is held at The Concourse, Chatswood, giving all students the experience to work and perform within a professional theatre.

DanceTots (South Turramurra, coming soon to Gordon and St Ives)

NSM Offer: A free ballet wand to the first 20 students who sign up by the 15 January 2018 (new students only). Free trials available, $10 off term fees if signed up same day as your free trial. Term 1 starts Wednesday 31 January 2018!

dancetots_600x400DanceTots is a boutique dance studio that takes your little dancer on a magical journey into the wonderful world of dance and classical ballet. Classes are joyful, playful and imaginative and will have your tiny dancer captivated by an enchanting fairy tale where they could swim like a mermaid, or fly like a fairy. The nurturing and highly-qualified teachers coax out the confident and creative little dancer within through beautifully structured programs.

Evolution Performance Centre (Crows Nest)

NSM Offer: 7 day unlimited class pass

evolution-performance-centre_600x400Discover your child’s passion for Dance! Evolution Performance Centre is a Performing Arts studio located in the heart of Crows Nest. Evolution is dedicated to provide the highest quality tuition in dance and performing arts while nurturing students’ talent and individuality in a friendly and family oriented environment.There are a wide range of classes available so there is something for everybody. You can participate in Baby Ballerinas, Hip Hop, Commercial Jazz, R.A.D Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Acrobatics, Triple Threat and much more.

Footloose (Turramurra, South Turramurra, Berowra)

NSM Offer: Enrol by Friday 2 Feb and receive a free gift! Must quote “NSM Essential Guide” in the referral section of the enrolment form.

footloose_600x400Footloose Performance Studios is fast becoming a popular choice for many families on the North Shore. Offering a variety of dynamic and engaging dance classes, families value the age appropriate costuming & choreography and relaxed family friendly performances. The dedicated team of teachers at Footloose aim to encourage confidence, inspire creativity and promote teamwork within their classes so that all their students have an amazing dance experience.

Itty Bitty Dance (East Lindfield, Lindfield, Gordon, Willoughby)

itty-bitty-dance_600x400Itty Bitty Dance classes will delight and excite your budding dancer and pride themselves on becoming your child’s favourite weekly activity. Watch your childs confidence grow in the specially designed classes with a syllabus that provides our dancers with a fundamental education in dance technique and terminology, while having a great time with friends! Most importantly, we LOVE and understand this age group. Families are welcome to watch all of our classes. The wall in between the waiting room and the classroom is glass. So you can watch every class!

Northern Ballet Studios (Pymble)

northern-ballet_600x400For 25 years Northern Ballet Studios has been offering a variety of classes for all ages. Special ballet classes for preschool age (3-4 years old) and beginner classes for 5 years old. Other classes on offer are Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop for boys, classical ballet and stretch/conditioning for ages 6 and above. Adult ballet class offered on a casual basis.


Australian Music School (Gordon)

NSM OFFER: Free lesson during second term of enrolment

australianmusicschoolAt AMS, learning music is fun! Babies come into the world with an innate love of music and Australian Music Schools fosters and develops the musicality within all children. AMS has music courses for everyone from age two. An ideal preparation for piano is the Mini Musos course. The Junior course provides intellectual stimulation, development of fine motor skills and auditory skills and learning the keyboard/piano in a fun class! Their highly qualified teachers are especially selected and trained, and courses lead to optional AMEB exams.

Bridges to Music (Neutral Bay, North Sydney, Naremburn)

bridges-to-music_300x200At Bridges to Music you sing, you move, you play instruments and you embrace music in its most creative and expressive form. This is a unique and wonderful age specific and developmental program. It has been running successfully for over 25 years and gives the children a joyful introduction to music whilst maintaining integrity of good music education. In these early childhood music classes the children have the opportunity to experience the language of music through all the processes which are necessary for successful transition to instrumental playing and connecting music to their everyday life.

Einsteinz Music (Neutral Bay)

NSM Offer: Special 2-for-1 trial class offer. Attend the first two consecutive Monday or Thursday classes of Term 1 (Monday 5 & 12 January / Thursday 8 & 15 January) and pay for only one class. Quote this special offer when booking

einsteinzmusicEinzteinz Music offers dynamic music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, taught by professional musicians. All music is played live and class is fun, high-energy and experiential. Children learn the fundamentals of music, being beat, pitch, rhythm and tempo through a specifically chosen repertoire and through hands-on experience with the percussion instruments. Excellent for children’s language-acquisition, development and socialisation skills.

International School of Music (Turramurra)

ISM Turramurra develops musicians not technicians. They provide unique group music courses for students from 2 years of age, as well as private tuition for piano and guitar. Children in their classes enjoy playing a wide variety of music from classical to rock’n’roll. Theory, listening, reading, composing, and all musical skills are developed in a comprehensive approach so your child will develop into a well-rounded young musician. ISM’s music courses have been making learning music fun for over 25 years.

Jim Jam Studios (Hornsby)

NSM Offer: New enrolments receive a free Welcome to Music pack valued at $25, includes ‘I’m a Jim Jam Kid’ t-shirt & instrument. 

jimjamstudios_300x200Jim Jam Studios started in 2006 and since then have introduced over 2000 local children to their award winning Kindermusik classes. Watch your child flourish as they interact with others through music and movement, learn core music skills and grow in confidence.
Kindermusik classes are weekdays for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. FunDrum is a fun, interactive drum circle class for 6-12 year olds where you learn rhythm skills, build listening, cognitive, team work and communication skills.  For 7-14 year olds join the new community Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Kids Choir.  There are also School Holiday Playdates of morning music, craft and play sessions for 0-6 year olds or book now for Hawaiian Beach Party Playdates in January! Spaces limited.

Joey Jig Music (Lane Cove, Crows Nest, Kirribilli, Balmoral, Freshwater)

NSM Offer: Free trial class

joeyjig1_600x400Joey Jig Music classes offer an introduction to music and movement that little ones can easily understand and enjoy. There is plenty of singing, dancing, playing with percussion, story-time and fun, but focused early childhood education. The age appropriate classes are 30 minutes in length, and include fun original themed songs composed by Alicia to engage and entertain both bubs and mums. Sound is explored through music, discovering tempo, pitch, dynamics and rhythm. Classes are held by age 3-12 months ‘Swing Swing’, 1-2 years ‘Be-Bop’ and 2-4 years ‘Jump & Jive’.

Ladybug Music Sydney (Neutral Bay, Mosman, Forestville, Northern Beaches)

ladybug_600x400Ladybug Music offers parent-and-me classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, with funky and eclectic family music in a warm environment that encourages participation and silliness. Their high quality music curriculum uses a diverse range of rich, complex music, combined with simple melodies and great rhythms, and introduces your child to pitch, tempo, melody and rhythm through singing, instruments, dance and more. At Ladybug they sing it, boogie down & have fun!


Famous Performing Arts (Thornleigh)

famous-performing-arts_300x200Sing, Dance, Perform! Famous Performing Arts specialises in creating the Singers and Musical Theatre stars of tomorrow! Offering private singing, group singing, musical theatre (sing, dance, act), jazz and drama classes for ages 5 years and up. Directed by 2012 The Voice Finalist Danni Da Ros and her sister Chiara, Famous PA and their experienced teachers create a professional, fun and passionate atmosphere with performance opportunities for all. Come and join the family!


Marian Street Theatre for Young People (Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, Chatswood)

marian-street-theatre_600x400Worried about giving your creative young person the best start in life? For those children who struggle to make themselves heard (or those who are naturally confident!) drama is an excellent way to build social skills, natural confidence, creativity, and prepare them for the social and academic challenges in school…and beyond! The North Shore’s leading drama school since 1974 – enrol online, or get in contact to speak to a Drama Expert about the best class for your needs

Applause Musical Theatre Academy (Chatswood, Roseville, Lindfield, St Ives, Killarney Heights, Gordon)

NSM Offer: Free Trial class available in Week 1 of Term. Use promo code NSMTRIAL. Plus free academy T-shirt (valued at $27.50) on enrolment. Use promo code NSMFREETEE.

applause-musical-theatre_600x400For babies and toddlers, Applause4Tots are MUSIC and MOVEMENT classes with a musical theatre twist! For budding school-aged performers, including children with special needs, the academy’s MUSICAL THEATRE classes, develop student’s singing, dancing and acting skills whilst learning songs and scenes from popular musicals. Vital drama skills are also taught through educational, fun drama exercises. There are solo opportunities for everyone with 3 performances a year! In 2018, a new Masterclass for students in Years 11 and 12 will be launched to take the “drama” out of getting through the HSC.


Big Wild Imagination (Lane Cove)

NSM Offer: Sibling discount available, use code bwi10.

big-wild-imagination_600x400The Art Play workshops are designed to ignite wonder and excitement. Big Wild Imagination nurtures children’s imaginations by providing resources and opportunities for them to create. The focus is encouraging children to explore their creativity, while promoting positive social interactions, problem solving skills, independence and instilling confidence. Offering morning Art Play workshops for 2 to 5 years olds, after-school workshops for 5 to 12 years and school holiday workshops.

Messy Explorers

messyexplorers_600x400NSM Offer: 50% discount for Australia Day event with code ‘nsmums’! 25% discount on all party and event bookings.

Messy Explorers Australia offer messy sensory play sessions for children. Sessions are themed and provide specific educational outcomes in all areas of early childhood development. Offering pop up events monthly, themed birthday parties and in house visits to child care centres and special schools. The educational mess without the stress. Messy Explorers ProMESSionals make all the play materials themselves therefore know exactly what ingredients are used. Most activities can be taste safe meaning no harmful chemicals for our younger messy explorers. Check the website for pop up sessions and locations.


North Shore Acrobatics Academy (Lane Cove)

NSM Offer:  5% off Term 1 class fees for enrolments prior to 17th January, 2018


North Shore Acrobatics Academy offers fun and inclusive recreational and competitive classes in Acrobatic Gymnastics. As a small club, they pride themselves on their ability to take an individualised approach for each child to ensure they progress at their own pace and find enjoyment in the process of learning. Their recreational classes have a focus on flexibility, coordination, strength and building correct foundations for long term success. Their competition classes build on this groundwork to prepare students to successfully compete in formal events in line with the Australian levels system.


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