THE BILLIE SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS

The Billie Holiday Theatre is a beacon for world class art rooted in racial justice in the heart of Bed-Stuy: producing, presenting, and commissioning new and classic works and festivals in theater, dance, music, visual arts, and film; providing artistic and institutional residencies; and serving ages 3 to 103 with educational programming.

YOUTH ARTS ACADEMY

The Youth Arts Academy (YAA) is a world class arts institution with a faculty of master instructors that foster the love of dance, theater, percussion and visual arts. With the love of education and the creative integrity of the arts, our children’s wings are widespread enabling them to soar above their dreams. A cornerstone of The Center for Arts & Culture at Bed-Stuy Restoration, the Youth Arts Academy provides multi-disciplinary arts instruction in dance, music and drama for children between the ages of 3 and 18 years old.

COURSES OFFERED:

We take pride in offering a diverse and multi-faceted study in the arts that marries expertise and rigor that allows students to matriculate to the Pre-Professional division of the school for further artistic endeavors. 

DANCE: Classical Ballet, West African Dance (Guinea, Sabar) Modern, Hip-Hop, Jazz

PERCUSSION: Djembe, Sabar

DRAMA: Speak the Speech taught by Lisa Arrindell
Story Slam taught by Myxoldia Tyler
Voice & Speech taught by Cherie Rice

Click here for full course descriptions and class schedule.

PRE PROFESSIONAL DANCE PROGRAM

The Pre-Professional Dance Program directed by Ronald K. Brown & Arcell Cabuag provides rigorous training for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10-18.

Our students are accepted into some of the most coveted performing arts schools in New York City while alumnae have gone on to professional careers on Broadway and in film.

Learn more about the Pre-Professional Dance Program.

Black Arts Institute

The Black Arts Institute is an immersive acting program offered in partnership between the Billie Holiday Theatre and Stella Adler Studio. The Institute offers two programs in 2020 exploring the history of the contemporary Black theater tradition with courses held at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. 

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