Summer is the perfect opportunity to explore the arts! Our Summer After 5 programming can be a great way to try something new or a way to keep your skills sharp. HCA offers a variety of group classes and private music lessons for children, teens and adults.

Deadline to register for group classes: Tuesday, June 27

Please note that all group classes are on Tuesday afternoons/evenings.

Ballet| Hip Hop | Visual Art | Theatre|Music


Summer Youth Art Workshop (Ages 13-18)

Join us for a workshop series designed especially for youth, with the aim of providing participants with a deeper understanding of the elements of art and principles of design. Students can sign up for one or both sessions.

Session I – Drawing & Printmaking (4 weeks)

Session II – Painting & Multimedia (4 weeks)

Session I: July 4 – July 25

Session II: August 1 – 22

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Cost: $120 + HST per session ($240 + HST for both sessions)

Drawing & Printmaking 

This 4-week workshop focuses on building practical skills while expanding students’ knowledge of art history and contemporary art. The drawing component of this course focuses on drawing from real life or “still life drawing.” Students explore how mark-making, texture, and perspective can bring a variety of meanings and feelings to artworks. The printmaking portion of this course builds on their drawing skills, while also focusing on the use of positive and negative space to create unique compositions. Students create a set of prints and discuss how the printmaking process informs their approach to drawing. 

Painting & Multimedia

In this 4-week workshop, students use and expand their knowledge of colour theory by creating custom colour charts in preparation for their projects. Students create a creative self-portrait using realistic and abstract methods of representation while drawing on contemporary and art historical references. The multimedia portion of the course focuses on collage and the use of found images in artmaking. Students create a multimedia project using collage, painting and drawing techniques.


Creative Ballet I (Ages 3-4)

Creative Ballet II (Ages 5-6)

HCA Creative Ballet classes nurture a sense of imagination and love of dance that is inherent in young children. Classes are designed to instill fundamental dance skills and develop coordination and posture in a fun, age appropriate way.

July 4 – August 22

Creative I – 4:45-5:30pm

Creative II – 5:30-6:15pm

Cost: $144 + HST

Novice Ballet (Ages 7-9)

A great way to keep dancing over the summer or an opportunity to try something new! Our Novice Ballet class focuses on the development of musicality and technique, and on fostering a love and enjoyment of dance.

July 4 – August 22
6:15pm- 7:15pm

Cost: $160 + HST

Adult Beginner Ballet (Ages 16+)

Follow your passion and learn the fundamentals of ballet in a supportive environment. Improve strength and flexibility, and learn exercises for good posture, turnout, and proper positioning for hands and feet.

July 4 – August 22
6:15pm – 7:15pm

Cost: $160 + HST

Intermediate/Advanced Adult Ballet (Ages 16+)

This class focuses on building and refining ballet technique, advancing into more advanced movement sequences, and exploring the freedom of movement and dancer artistry. 

July 4 – August 22

Cost: $200 + HST

Senior Ballet Technique Class (Ages 13-18)

This class is designed for students entering Level VI ballet and up (ages 13-18). Focus on building strength, conditioning, flexibility. A great class for students looking to improve or maintain their technique over the summer months!

July 4 – August 22

Cost: $200 + HST


Novice Combo (Jazz/Hip Hop) (Ages 6-8)

Students are introduced to the basic concepts of rhythm and movement to fun music. They learn about body and spatial awareness, as well as basic hip hop and jazz techniques. Students will explore different types of basic hip hop and jazz choreography as well as develop the confidence to freestyle.

July 4 – August 22
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Cost: $160 + HST

Junior Hip Hop (Ages 9-12)

Students will build strength and creativity, and learn to express themselves in this high-energy class! Gain an understanding of hip hop culture through fun and challenging dance moves.

July 5 – August 23
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Cost: $160 + HST

Adult Hip Hop (Ages 16+)

This course focuses on hip hop technique blended with urban groove and contemporary movement. Enjoy a very positive and high-energy environment to learn, move and get a good workout!

July 4 – August 22
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $160 + HST


Introduction to Adult Acting (Ages 18+)

Discover or reconnect with the fundaments of acting in this welcoming class. Through exploration of movement, voice, and imagination, individuals with previous acting experience will have the opportunity to go back to the basics and refine their skills, and individuals new to the process will confidently build a strong foundation of artistry for future growth in a safe, supportive environment.

July 4 – August 22
6:00-8:00 PM

Cost: $320 + HST

Introduction to Dramatic Writing (Ages 16+)

Learn the basics of writing engaging dialogue, memorable characters, and conflicts, suited to both the stage and screen. Tackle the basic building blocks of writing dramatic and powerful scenes and stories through a series of writing exercises. The focus of this course is to promote and develop in students the tools and techniques for writing a dramatic play. Students will participate in a variety of writing exercises to develop an awareness of character, action, and plot and will learn how these elements contribute to storytelling. Students will also read scenes from Canadian plays and be expected to participate in dramatic readings of these works as well as their own work in class. Throughout the course, students will participate in creative activities to develop confidence in their own writing voice and will monitor and reflect upon the craft of writing. The course will culminate in the students writing a first draft of an original ten-minute play (7 – 10 pages).

July 4 – August 22
6:00-8:00 PM

Cost: $320 + HST


Private Music Classes

We offer private music instruction for kids, teens, and adults! Please email [email protected] or call 905-528-4020 to request an instructor or inquire about scheduling and pricing.


Michael Andrushko

Lauren Cho

Frances Gower

Kasia Gasior

Irina Jacob


Helen Hong

Flute/Piccolo (and Beginner Piano)

Ivanna Monnar


Marta Greda-Kicek

Celine Cascanette

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“The HCA is like a second home to me! I’ve been part of the HCA family first as a young dancer, and now well into my professional singing career. The teachers/coaches/mentors at HCA are easily the best in the GTA and they provide you with knowledge, training and support you need when going into the Fine Arts world as a young professional. I wouldn’t have wanted to train and perfect my craft anywhere else!”
“The Hamilton Conservatory is a really special place in our family. It’s a non-competitive environment where children’s love for dance, theatre, music, and arts are cultivated. We have met so many families and formed special friendships over the years because of HCA.”
“My daughters took their first dance steps at HCA and their first music classes here and have had amazing learning experiences in classes and at recitals. From the incredible level of instruction to the organization and professionalism of the administration, HCA is such a wonderful and special place for children of all ages to develop their artistic abilities. It really feels like home!”
“HCA has been a home to me for a decade. All the camps, classes, and programs have  formed my passion for the arts. Through this incredible place, I’ve formed friendships and memories that will last forever.  Everything that I’ve learned from the amazing teachers and staff members have shaped me and my passion for the arts. Thank you HCA for being my family.” 

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