Applause is the only Performing Arts program in New York that caters to people of all ages, from babies through adults. Our mission is to foster an appreciation and love of the arts.
Our mission here at Applause New York is to bring a love and appreciation of the performing arts to all of our students, ages 0 – 18 years. We hope that by exposing them to all of the different mediums in the performing arts, that they will become the next generation of adults who contribute to the arts in any capacity. We strive for excellence in each of our divisions, by creating an environment that is safe, supportive, rigorous and rewarding.
Applause Theatrical Workshops was founded in 1995 in an effort to provide a nurturing environment for talented, passionate kids who love to perform. Each week children would come from all over the tri-state area to sing, act, dance, and simply share their passions with each other. In addition to having fun, students had the opportunity to develop their talents, learn the importance of working with others, and generally strive to achieve their goals. Each semester culminated in a production in an Off-Broadway Theater.
In 2000, Applause decided to spread the magic of Broadway to children of all ages, opening up their “Broadway Babies” program for children ages 6 months – 3 years. “I was taking my 6-month-old to other music classes at the time, and none of them were that exciting,” says founder Audrey Kaplan. “So I thought I would write my own class for him and introduce him to the music I love most.” And thus, Broadway Babies was born.
Broadway Babies was an instant success, and many families requested similar classes for their older children. So, over the next couple of years, Applause expanded their program to offer “Broadway Little Stars” (for 3&4 year olds), “Broadway Stars” (for 4&5 year olds), and an entire “Broadway Superstars” division (performance-based, after-school classes for 6-10 year olds) that included Singing and Hip-Hop dance classes.
Now, in its 18th year, Applause is proud to be the only music and drama program of its kind that offers classes for children of all ages: Babies (for 0-3 years), Toddlers (3-5 years), and Kids (K-8th grade), and Teens (9th-12th grade). “The most gratifying thing now,” says founder Audrey Kaplan, “is that we’re starting to see kids stay with us for many years and move up within our program. We have children that started with us at 6 months who are now performing in our oldest teenage performance classes! What’s more, many of our teachers are former students themselves. It really is one big family where we all get to share our love for music and theater.”