In cooperation with Show Me Arts Academy and the St. Louis Classical Guitar society, children are exposed to the arts to increase their creative intelligence.

Dance | Fashion | Music | Voice

Arts education can level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries – improving student retention and reducing the achievement gap. Our arts program also removes the price barrier for families of children with artistic interest and talents, exposing them to different art forms and the opportunity to practice them.

Have questions about our arts programs? Please contact La Juan Williams: 314-679-5242

Sign-up: Year Round

Spring Session: January – April

Fall Session: September – December

Fees: Membership + $25 Activity Fee per session or program

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, with support from the Regional Arts Commission.

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Ballet | Ages 5 – 9

Innovative Teachers share the fundamentals of dance through Instruction of Classical Ballet. Tap is offered after Ballet to the ages 6 and under, and Modern Dance is offered to students 7 and up after Ballet. Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Gymnastics | Ages 5 – 18

Members will be taught correct methods of stretching, tumbling, and develop upper/lower body strength, especially for those interested in cheerleading and acrobatics. Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Attire: Athletic clothing, including tennis shoes.

Hip Hop | Ages 5 – 9

In this fun and energizing class students will learn all the latest hip-hop dances and perform in the community. Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ATTIRE: Flexible clothing.


Mathews-Dickey Arts Programs


Acoustic Guitar | Ages 5 – 18 Members will learn how to read standard musical notation, proper posture, hand positions and performance etiquette as well as experience performing and engaging with a group.Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 – 6:50 p.m

Drum and Bugle Corps | Ages 8 – 18 Members will learn to read music, play brass and/or percussion instruments with a team. Mem-bers will learn bugle corps routines and choreography.Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 – 8 p.m

Piano Lessons | Ages 5 – 18Students will obtain basic knowledge of music keyboard encounters.They will learn Beginning Music Theory and learn how to read music at a beginner’s level. There will also be worksheets and activities for practice at home.Wednesdays by appointment only 5:30 – 7 PM

Arts: Other


Knit To Be Tied | Ages 8 +

Participants will obtain and develop knitting skills such as first stitches, purl stitch, gauging and joining yarn, decreasing, increasing, binding off and much more.

Saturdays 10 – 11:30 a.m.




Voice Lessons | Ages 5 – 18

Students will learn proper breathing techniques, custodial care of the voice, and how to produce, maintain and improve better tone quality while singing songs of their choice and those assigned by the instructor.There will also be worksheets and activities to help individual progress for practice at home.

Wednesdays by appointment only 5:30 – 7 p.m.


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Ages 5 – 18

A television show for and BY the youth of MD. Students write, produce, interview and star in this new show which features fashion, news, trends, food, music and other topics of interest to teens.

Mondays 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

"Show Biz & Beyond"


Ages 5 – 18

Classes are focused on dance and students are exposed to various behind the scenes aspects of production including staging and directing.

Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ; Saturdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

"Show Me Arts Academy"



ARTS & POETRY | Ages 5 – 18

In this fun and energizing class students are exposed to various performing arts and receive tutelage from professional artists in the areas of Music, Visual arts, Dance, theatre, Hip-Hop, spoken word and Disc Jockey Engineering.

Saturdays 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. (no Spring session. will resume summer 2017)