Make your home your stage with lessons from Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Washington DC

Enjoy free videos of extraordinary live and on-demand performances and educational activities to do at home, with new releases daily.

Micro-commissioned by the Kennedy Center

The Play at Home project is a collaboration between theatres from across the country as a response to the rapidly changing landscape of the performing arts during this global crisis. The mission of the initiative is simple: to continue to inspire joy and creativity through live theatre.

As a part of this collaboration, the Kennedy Center has a micro-commissioned theatre for young audiences, playwrights/creators, to write a short play or musical (ten minutes or less) which are now available for free download.

All plays are intended for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. We hope that you and your family will pick a play to produce from your living rooms and if you feel so inclined, share it with us at #playathomeplays.

Visit PlayAtHome.org for more (including plays for grown-up actors!)

Learn the moves you need to know before you hit the dance floor

A wedding. Your prom. Or just a night on the town. You might as well face it, at some point you’re going to have to dance. Don’t panic! Our collection of Five(ish) Minute Dance Lessons will teach the moves that will let you hit the dance floor looking like a pro. From the African Dinhe, to the East Coast Swing, Charleston, Salsa or Cha Cha Cha, we’ve got you covered. Click below and get your groove on!

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/media-and-interactives/media/dance/five-ish-minute-dance-lessons/fiveish-minute-dance-lessons/

Bored of the usual workout? Try your hand in a different form with Kennedy Centre

For dance enthusiasts seeking a more high-intensity workout, can opt for instructor-led dance workout offered by Kennedy Center. The workout is conducted on popular numbers and ranges from fast-paced Zumba, Barre3 to a slow and steady Yoga routine.  

https://www.kennedy-center.org/video/digital-stage/activities/performing-arts-workouts/

Learn about the American Journey of Jazz and Blues from the experts

Foot thumping rhythms, crooning voices, soulful melodies – jazz is a music with a history as rich as its sound. Follow the great migration that leads African Americans to Harlem, meet jazz icons such as Bessie Smith and Charlie Parker, and stop by the Cotton Club and Apollo Theater on a journey through the past of this American art form.

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/collections/collections/jazz-and-blues/

Follow the surprising history of classical music in America from colonial times to the present

Follow the development and impact of classical music in the United States from its humble beginnings in the new colonies through its role in concert halls and Hollywood in the 20th century, to discover how this European tradition helped shape, and in turn was shaped by, American culture, composers and musicians.

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/media-and-interactives/media/music/american-classics/

 

 

 

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