Dance and theatre are two extra curricula activities that top many a child’s wish list. So if you’re in the market to score a few brownie points with junior members of your family over the upcoming holiday period, Sydney Dance Company and the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) are running a number of workshops in April pitched directly at school-aged children.

Sydney Dance Company is running a series of two-day workshops for 8 to 18 year olds from Tuesday 12 to Friday 22 April. Taught by some of the best and most experienced professional dancers in the country, the workshops are offered in a number of dance styles including Jazz, JFH (combining Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop), Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical. At a cost of $165 per participant, the workshops promise to be fun, dynamic and hugely rewarding. The Company is also running a one-day intensive program on Monday 11 and Monday 18 April to give experienced dancers an insight into what to expect from its year-long Pre-Professional course. The intensive will cover yoga, ballet, and contemporary repertoire – suitable for ages 14 to 18 years. www.sydneydancecompany.com.au

ATYP’s next school holiday workshop program covers off themes including magical spells and creatures, an exploration of ‘who did it’ drama, fun improvisation and stand-up skills, short filmmaking plus a Years 10-12 HSC workshop and investigation of Shakespeare - 400 years on.

The Autumn holiday program is run at the theatre group’s Walsh Bay home on Wharf 4/5 as well as at several carefully selected venues around central Sydney including, Carriageworks, Glebe Public School and the Powerhouse Museum. Workshop run throughout the April school holidays are suitable for ages 4- 18 years. www.atyp.com.au