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Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) is one of the largest affiliates of Boys & Girls Clubs of America with 17 Clubs and two Outreach Centers throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and a summer camp in Maryland. BGCGW currently serves approximately 30,000 area youths. The mission of BGCGW is to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those that need us most, build confidence, develop character, and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.

The Teen Arts Performance (TAP) program was launched in October 2007, to serve as a regional performance arts troupe for BGCGW’s clubs and to provide world-class qualitative arts training opportunities for kids interested pursuing arts related careers or with a keen interest in the arts. Program participants receive intensive training and master classes from renowned artists. They also enjoy arts related field trips as well as performance opportunities at high profile arts institutions and festivals.  Tony Small is the founding Artistic Director.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/21/2017: New Frontiers: Back to School Youth Rally

In observance of the Great American Eclipse, our nation’s first full solar eclipse in decades, the New Frontiers: Back to School Youth Rally will feature ‘stellar” youth performances by StepAfrika, Split this Rock, Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel, and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, accompanied by the NEWorks House Band.

Make the Kennedy Center your solar eclipse destination! Come early to experience the eclipse at the Kennedy Center, and then join us for free interactive space and eclipse themed workshops led by Boys and Girls Club from 4-5:30 pm in the Grand Foyer and on the River Terrace.

Presented in collaboration with NEWorks Productions and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia, PA)

Video 10/5/2015: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

Local youth perform in Icon 15, an event to showcase their talents on stage and receive awards and academic scholarships.

Video 8/3/2015: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Artistic Director Tony Small present a tribute concert in which renowned artists give back to the youth who needs us most. The varied performance features presenter Raymond Bokhour, from the cast of Broadway’s Chicago; singer/songwriter/actor/photographer Jussie Smollett, from Fox’s Empire; Gospel award-winning artist Maurette Brown Clark; jazz/classical violinist Chelsey Green; Ukrainian duo Solomia Gorokhivska and Andrei Pidkivka; and The Boys & Girls Club children’s choir.

Video 7/28/2014: Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

RUKA - Book, Music & Lyrics by Tony Small.  Additional Lyrics on Bee Bop and Lady by Keni Fine; Choreography by Oscar Hawkins.  Opening RUKA prelude by Szymon Markiewicz; Directed by Elsa Bass.  This condensed matinee version of RUKA (that means to fly in Kiswahili) is another example of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering & Math) & Edutainment programs.  You’ll cherish this timeless fable chronicling the adventures of Lady Amé -- an enchanting orphan’s?chaotic plight to save the world’s most ancient Kingdom that stirs up the whole “Insectian Village.”?Mr. and Mrs. Roaché, Lady’s two archaic yet comic neighbors, and her two animated best friends, Antony?and Criché, take the audience on a heartrending journey through a land seen but unknown to mankind.

Video 10/6/2013: Target Family Night: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington

Icon 13 is an annual showcase of talent by D.C.-area youth.

Video 7/13/2012: Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Local youth display their talents on stage.

Video 10/11/2011: Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

In Icon 11, local youth display their talents on stage to earn awards and scholarships.

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