Since its founding, TADA! has become the leading producer of professional-quality youth theater and renowned Arts Education programs in New York City. (Credit:

New York City is known for its live theaters and entertainment.  A lot of aspiring stars originate from this area.  That is why CBS New York is sharing our top picks for classes that train future thespians.

Tada Youth Theater
15 West 28th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 252-1619

Tada offers theater classes for children of all ages. In these classes, students work on the disciplines required to perform on the stage.  They practice singing and dancing along with acting.  Parents get to see the outcome because their students perform a show for family and friends based on what they have learned in the class.  Tada offers after-school programs as well as summer camps.

Brooklyn Children’s Theater
135 Prospect Park, SW #B7
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(646) 675-0325

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum offers acting classes for children ages 6 to 17 years. The kids perform in shows that are written by neighborhood writers and travel to different venues throughout the boroughs in order to perform what they have learned.  In addition to traditional acting classes, the Brooklyn Children’s Theater also offers classes in singing, choreography and improvisation.

The Sundog Theater
370 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 816-5453

The Sundog Theater offers theater classes for children ages 9 to 16 years. They have classes in acting, improvisation, scene study, voice and movement. They also offer classes after school in order to teach children how to resolve conflicts and remain socially responsible individuals.  As a special plus, students perform plays, based on what they have learned in the theater class, at different venues throughout Staten Island.

American Dance and Drama Studio
188-22 Union Turnpike
Flushing, NY 11366
(718) 479-8522

The American Dance and Drama Studio offers classes that encourage well-rounded artistic development in its students. They offer classes in a variety of dance styles (ballet, tap, hip-hop and Zumba); acting (improvisation, voice and speech); gymnastics and singing. During summer months, the school partners with Christ the King High School and offers all day summer camps.

Uptown Sports Complex
170 West 233rd Street
Bronx, NY 10463
(718) 543-7529

Uptown Sports Complex offers acting classes geared towards auditioning for television commercials. Students practice in front of the camera while learning various acting techniques such as monologues, characterization and various auditioning techniques.

Tamara Kelly is a blogger with Mom in the City