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Unleash your creativity with a variety of performing arts classes in NYC. From acting to dancing, you'll learn new skills, gain confidence, and shine on stage.

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Private Acting Lessons: Audition Technique

Grace Music Studio NY @ 5th Ave & Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY

Audition preparation for Film, TV, Stage and Musical Theatre. Appropriate audition material (monologues, scenes, songs etc.) is chosen and thoroughly worked through and staged.  The actor’s headshot and resume is reviewed and critiqued so they are presenting themselves at their best. Exercises for relaxation, focus and posture are given so the actor enters an audition with the utmost confidence. Notes: Classes will be held Online via...

Essentials of Film Acting 110 (For Returning Students)

Acting School for Film and Television @ 939 8th Ave, New York, NY

Refine your on-camera acting skills for film and television with this exclusive class for returning students. Gain valuable insights and personalized instruction to enhance your believability, vulnerability, and on-screen presence. Don't miss out on the opportunity to showcase your work to industry professionals in a final theater screening.

Essentials of Film Acting 110

Acting School for Film and Television @ 939 8th Ave, New York, NY

Master on-camera acting for film and television at the Acting School for Film and Television. With a focus on believability, vulnerability, and projecting your voice, this class offers personal attention and private camera time to ensure your success in the industry. Don't miss the opportunity to showcase your work to casting directors, agents, and managers in a professional theater setting.

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Advanced Film Acting 210 (For Returning Students)

Acting School for Film and Television @ 939 8th Ave, New York, NY

Take your film acting skills to the next level with Advanced Film Acting 210 at the prestigious Acting School for Film and Television. This course is designed specifically for returning students, providing advanced techniques and professional development opportunities. Sharpen your audition skills, expand your range, and master the business side of film acting in this intensive program.

Private Acting Lessons: Monologue Coaching

Grace Music Studio NY @ 5th Ave & Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY

Ms. Amisano has a Master’s degree in Classical Theater (Shakespeare to Chekhov), and specializes in Classical and Contemporary monologues. Acting lessons consist of three parts: the first part of the lesson is spent warming up the body and doing acting exercises (improvisation and sense-and-memory); the second part is spent working on interpretation of the material with the student; the third part is spent specifically on getting pieces up on...

4 Week: The Art of Musical Performance

The New York Performing Arts Academy @ 244 West 54th St, New York, NY

Unleash your inner singing actor and take your stage presence to the next level at The New York Performing Arts Academy. Dive deep into the art of performing a song, weaving it seamlessly into the character's journey. Join this vibrant, supportive learning environment and become a master of musical moments.

$395

4 sessions

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Beginner Acting II: Getting Specific

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Delve deeper into the Barrow Group approach and tools in this dynamic acting class. Explore ensemble-building games, script analysis, monologues, and scene study. Enhance your spontaneity, human behavior, and stage presence.

$545

10 sessions

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Beginner Acting I: The Basics

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Discover the secrets of natural and spontaneous acting in this introductory course for adult actors. Learn the Barrow Group approach to enhance your performance through ensemble-building games, script analysis, and scene study. No experience necessary – embark on your acting journey today!

$545

10 sessions

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Advanced Film Acting 210

Acting School for Film and Television @ 939 8th Ave, New York, NY

Unlock your potential as an actor with this course at the renowned Acting School for Film and Television. Dive deep into challenging audition and scene work, expand your range through improv exercises, and perfect your performances under the guidance of industry professionals. Gain insights into the business of film acting, from headshots to networking, and elevate your craft to new heights.

92NY Chorus

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the joy of classic repertory from the American musical theater with the only community chorus in New York dedicated to this art form. Join us for an unforgettable semester of music and camaraderie, and showcase your talent at a public performance. Auditions for new members will be held on September 22, 2022.

$350

16 sessions

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Alexander Technique

Balance Arts Center @ 151 W 30th St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets to achieving a better balance and dynamic body posture with our weekly class led by expert faculty at the renowned Balance Arts Center. Gain valuable insights on how to interact with yourself and your environment effortlessly. Enroll now and experience a transformation like never before!

12-Week: Acting for Stage, Film & TV

The New York Performing Arts Academy @ 244 West 54th St, New York, NY

Unlock your potential as an actor and master the art of stage, film, and television performance with industry professionals at The New York Performing Arts Academy. Gain comprehensive training and develop the skills needed to excel in the world of acting. Start your journey towards becoming a skilled and authentic actor in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

$525

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Beginner Acting III: Film/TV

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Take your acting skills to the next level with The Barrow Group Acting School's on-camera workshop. Learn how to apply their renowned approach in scenes and monologues, building on the foundation set in Beginner Acting Class II: Getting Specific. Unlock your potential in film and TV acting.

$425

6 sessions

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8-Week: Acting for Stage, Film & TV

The New York Performing Arts Academy @ 244 West 54th St, New York, NY

Master the art of stage, film, and television acting with industry professionals at The New York Performing Arts Academy. Develop your skills in script analysis, character development, and audition preparation in a supportive learning environment. Take your acting to the next level and become a skilled and authentic actor with this comprehensive training program.

$345

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One Day Advanced TV Hosting/Unscripted with Leila Sbitani

Actors Connection New York @ 519 8th Ave 12th. Fl, New York, NY

Succeed as an on-camera personality in the One Day TV Hosting/Media Training Intensive with Leila Sbitani, TV host coach, and top hosting agent Mark Turner. Here, you can develop your brand, build confidence, and connect with your audience while learning about pitches, auditions, and interviews. This is designed for anyone looking to break in or reinvent themselves in the TV hosting industry.

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4-Week: Acting for Stage, Film & TV

The New York Performing Arts Academy @ 244 West 54th St, New York, NY

Unlock Your Potential as an Actor! Join industry professionals at The New York Performing Arts Academy for a comprehensive training program in Acting for Stage, Film & TV. Develop your skills, from script analysis to audition preparation, and take your acting to the next level.

$195

4 sessions

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Commercial Voiceover Intensive with Jason Sasportas

CAST events @ 520 8th ave, New York, NY

Take your voiceover skills to the next level with an industry expert at a top-notch studio. Get personalized feedback, audition tips, and insider knowledge on navigating the voiceover industry in this exclusive intensive class. Limited spots available, so secure your spot now.

Beginner Acting III: On Going Scene Study

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Take your acting skills to the next level with The Barrow Group Acting School's Beginners Acting III: On Going Scene Study course. Dive deep into script analysis, scene study, and monologue work while exploring self-evaluation and adjustment techniques. Build a precise understanding and master The Barrow Group's tools for a remarkable acting journey.

$545

10 sessions

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Professional Film/TV Acting II: On-Going

The Barrow Group Acting School @ 520 8th Avenue, New York, NY

Enhance your on-camera skills and learn how to excel in film and TV acting. Join this course that delves deep into the demands and challenges of acting on camera. Gain valuable insights on continuity, coverage, and working on set while building upon the renowned Barrow Group tools.

$425

6 sessions

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3-Week On-Camera Commercial with Angela Mickey

Actors Connection New York @ 519 8th Ave 12th. Fl, New York, NY

Master the art of on-camera commercials with Angela Mickey, a top casting director in New York. Learn the business side of commercials, how to break down commercial scripts quickly, and techniques for multi-person auditions. Take your commercial acting skills to the next level in this 3-week online course.

$269

3 sessions

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Reviews for Performing Arts Classes in NYC

Performing Arts Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 1,702 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Essentials of Film Acting 110

    Reviewed by Tavante C. on 1/18/2024
    I took some very interesting notes on things i did not know before. Special techniques as well as emotions. Definitely would recommend the course to anyone who wants to learn more about becoming a better actor.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Dennis K. on 11/13/2023
    This class was a great way to start acting and the tools were incredibly insightful in finding genuine ways to remember to PLAY while acting a scene. Loved it!
  • Essentials of Film Acting 110

    Reviewed by Joseph R. on 11/6/2023
    Love the class and the instructors. Having a lot of fun and learning so much. Highly recommend this class
  • Essentials of Film Acting 110

    Reviewed by Sari C. on 8/6/2023
    This class was fantastic! The teacher really knew what he was doing and I had a lot of fun. I would recommend this class to anyone looking to sharpen their acting skills, or who just wants to get out and try something new.
  • Essentials of Film Acting 110

    Anonymous review on 8/3/2023
    WOW, what a class! Professor Stolzenberg is not only a consummate professional, but an incredible teacher. His ability to address each student’s needs and learning styles made for an in depth, enjoyable class in which everyone learned so much.
  • Essentials of Film Acting 110

    Reviewed by Jason W F. on 8/2/2023
    I couldn't believe it! What an amazing experience! This guy really knows his stuff! Mark Stolzenberg is truly a unique and special talent. I look forward to more and more!
  • Essentials of Film Acting 110

    Reviewed by Karen G. on 8/2/2023
    What a great class! Mark is an incredibly gifted teacher with a "sixth sense" on how to help each student achieve their best performances on camera. I learned so much in just a few hours!
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Reviewed by Nechama U. on 11/1/2021
    I learned so much in Ron’s beginners acting class on zoom. He is clear, patient and very encouraging. I highly recommend taking his class. ~Dina
  • Beginner Acting III: On Going Scene Study

    Reviewed by Antony K. on 12/16/2019
    Shannon Patterson was a great instructor for this class. This level felt more professional and right (than beginner) due to the level of skill of the students that were accepted.
  • Beginner Acting I: The Basics

    Anonymous review on 11/18/2019
    Such an great class for an introduction to acting and Ron was a great teacher!

Discover the Best Performing Arts Classes in NYC

The performing arts includes a wide array of creative disciplines, all of which involve live performance before an audience. It’s a collective term for various art forms, including but not limited to theater, dance, music, spoken word, comedy, and others. Artists in the performing arts use their bodies, voices, props, and musical instruments in order to communicate powerful ideas and narratives. Whether through captivating stage plays, mesmerizing dance movements, or entrancing musical compositions, the performing arts connect artist and audience in limitless ways.

Why You Should Learn Performing Arts in NYC

Learning a performance art can provide students with unique tools to express themselves. The performing arts provide a structured and creative outlet for individuals to explore and communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Potential students also have a wide range of performing arts to choose from, including acting, dancing, music, and even rarer art forms like opera and puppetry. Through the process of learning and honing their craft, individuals can develop the skills and techniques necessary to translate their own thoughts and feelings to a wider audience. Over time, they can build self-confidence and connect with themselves and others on a profound emotional level. 

New York City, a widely recognized global hub for arts and culture, is an incredible place in which to pursue the performing arts. The city boasts a rich cultural heritage and is home to renowned theaters, dance companies, music venues, and performing arts institutions. These include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Madison Square Garden, and Carnegie Hall. There are plenty of places to both learn a performing art and become inspired. Individuals will never run out of plays to go to, concerts to attend, or stand-up comedy sessions to laugh along with. If students are interested in pursuing a career in performing arts, they’ll also find plenty of networking opportunities in the city. 

In-Person Performing Arts Classes & Schools in NYC

There are many in-person performing arts classes in NYC for aspiring actors, comedians, musicians, and more. For example, the Brooklyn Comedy Collective offers a class called Improv Level 1. In this class, students will learn how to improvise comedically through a series of exercises and games. They’ll learn how to connect with themselves and others emotionally, comedically, and boldly, in order to become the best possible performers. This class is appropriate for those looking to become future performers, as well as those looking to learn more casually. 

The Brooklyn Comedy Collective is located in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, NY. It focuses on teaching comedy through three distinct pillars. Firstly, to empower each student to find their unique voice in comedy and performance. Secondly, to pair individual feedback with ensemble-minded focus, and finally, to give each student the tools they need to succeed on stage. 

Also in New York is the Musical Theater Audition Master Class with Scott Wojcik hosted by Actors Connection New York. The session will commence with a Q&A, followed by each actor performing their prepared material in a group setting for Scott. He will provide coaching, give direction, and offer potential recommendations for additional material to explore if your current selections are not yielding the desired results. 

Actors Connection New York focuses on connecting budding actors to industry professionals, such as talent scouts, agents, casting directors, and more. They create opportunities for those looking to refine their skills, as well as those completely new to the industry who want some initial experience. 

The 92nd Street Y offers a course called Jazz Keyboard (Beginner) for those looking to learn how to grow and refine their jazz keyboard skills. This beginners class covers basics such as melody, rhythm, harmony, and repertoire. Students will use the Great American Songbook and music from musicians like Duke Ellington and Sonny Rollins as inspiration. Students will get both individualized and group attention in a class limited to seven people. 

Also offered by the 92nd Street Y is a class called Sing the Authentic You! A Cabaret Performance Workshop. In this class, students will learn from award-winning cabaret artists Faith Prince, Michael Kirk Lane, and Alex Rybeck. Over the course of this two day intensive, participants will learn how to connect to their material and deliver their most authentic self on stage. 

The 92nd Street Y is a cultural and community center focused on connecting people through the arts. Located in the heart of Manhattan in the Upper East Side, it is easily accessible to anyone in New York City. This prominent cultural center has over 4,000 classes taught by experts in their field.

Finally, the New York Jazz Workshop offers a course called Jazz Singing with Michelle Walker. In this course, students will learn from expert musicians and teacher Michelle Walker. This two hour long weekly workshop is for intermediate and advanced students who are looking to hone their skills. Students will have the opportunity to be accompanied by musicians, and in some cases, a full band. 

The New York Jazz Workshop is located in midtown, Manhattan. It was created in order to provide opportunities for students of all backgrounds interested in jazz. The New York Jazz Workshop has several offerings for those interested in jazz music, including private lessons, master classes, concerts, teen workshops, and more. 

Virtual Performing Arts Classes & Schools

Learning performing arts virtually has its pros and cons. On the positive side, virtual learning provides convenience and flexibility, allowing students to participate in classes from anywhere without the need for commuting. It also offers access to a wider range of instructors and programs from different locations, offering diverse perspectives and expertise. 

However, there are challenges as well. The absence of physical presence and live interactions can make it harder to establish connections and engage fully in the learning process. The lack of immediate feedback and correction may hinder the development of certain performance skills that require direct observation and guidance. 

There are many online performing arts classes for interested students. For example, the L.A. On-Camera Training Center aims to provide actors in Los Angeles with authentic and proven on-camera techniques. Led by experienced comedy actress Jacqueline Geary, the 12-week introductory course titled How to be Funny on Camera explores the four fundamental elements of a comedy scene. In this course, students will learn the eighteen tools needed to make any read complete. It is ideal for those looking to book comedic roles, improve their acting in comedic scenes, or extract comedy from dramatic scenes. Experience the genuine L.A. On-Camera Training Center and elevate your on-camera skills. 

In addition, Dance of Venus offers learning opportunities for individuals interested in belly dancing, yoga, and ballroom dance. Online performing arts learners may be interested in the Beginner Belly Dance class taught by Dance of Venus. This course focuses on unleashing the "goddess Venus" inside each participant, teaching them to take control of their bodies and movements. Through the art of belly dancing, students will learn how to improve their musicality, posture, grace, and flexibility. 

Private Group Performing Arts Classes in NYC

Learning performing arts in a group setting offers benefits such as fostering a sense of community, collaboration, and shared experiences. It provides opportunities for peer feedback, learning from others' performances, and developing interpersonal skills. Group classes also allow for ensemble work, creating cohesive and impactful performances while inspiring and motivating students through a sense of belonging.


If you’re interested in performing arts classes for private groups in NYC, contact CourseHorse through the form on the website. With CourseHorse, group size can be changed after booking if needed, so you don’t have to worry about that last minute cancellation. With multiple supported platforms, you can also book from anywhere. Finally, confirmation is sent within 24 hours, so you can be sure that you’ll be ready to go on the day of the booking.

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