Marquee of Leeds at night

Leeds Summer Programs Offer Opportunites for Youth

Leeds Center for the Arts is proud to offer two new camps this sum­mer. SPARK, the new children’s edu­ca­tion pro­gram at Leeds, is great for young peo­ple inter­est­ed in singing, danc­ing, or act­ing. Taught by some of Central Kentucky’s pre­mier teach­ing artists, stu­dents will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to engage in a wide vari­ety of per­for­mance opportunities.

SPARK Summer Camps at Leeds

Beginning June 6, the Musical Theatre Intensive is per­fect for young peo­ple look­ing to sharp­en their skills in singing, danc­ing, and act­ing. This fast-paced, two-week pro­gram is for stu­dents ages 12 to 18. Taught by Steve Crosby and Ellie Miller, stu­dents will work to put on a full-scale musi­cal the­atre revue fea­tur­ing songs from favorite Broadway Hits. 

Students will also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work with guest artists in mas­ter class­es through­out the camp, includ­ing Bo List (AthensWest Theatre Company), Susie Thiel (University of Kentucky Department of the Theatre and Dance), Emily Norris (Stage Combat Professional), and Ron Wilbur (Vocal and Acting Professional.) This camp runs June 6 — 17, with a per­for­mance on the evening of June 17.

Do you know a young per­son who was born for the stage? The Aristocats Kids Performance Workshop is for them! Students will put on a full pro­duc­tion in just two weeks. They will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to audi­tion for a role, learn musi­cal skills, learn chore­og­ra­phy, and come togeth­er and cre­ate an amaz­ing show! This camp will be direct­ed by Esther Neal, with music direc­tion by Kelli Jo Crawford and chore­og­ra­phy by Kieshaun Butts. This two-week day camp for ages 7–12 runs June 20 — July 1, with per­for­mances on the evenings of July 1 and 2.

Registration and more infor­ma­tion for both of these camps can be found on the Leeds web­site,

  • Ellie is the direc­tor of mar­ket­ing and out­reach at Leeds Center for the Arts and a free­lance direc­tor and chore­o­g­ra­ph­er. She loves work­ing with chil­dren and is the pri­ma­ry dance teach­ing artist for Leeds’ arts edu­ca­tion pro­gram, SPARK. She holds a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Kentucky, but her true pas­sion is the arts. She has two cats, Sally and Ralph, and loves to trav­el, knit, and sing.