After-school Workshops

Build new traditions based on time-honored seasonal celebrations.

Experiencing cultural traditions, both new and old, within a community, opens the mind and creative spirit while fostering an awareness of the larger world with its rich and varied heritage. Washington Revels’ workshops address the fundamental need for self-expression and collective joy. Washington Revels teaching artists guide participants to:

  • Explore traditional performing arts through movement and music
  • Discover the unique and universal themes of different cultures expressed in songs, dances, games, and stories
  • Create community through shared arts experiences and playful interactions

Registration for Spring 2017 is Open Now!

Little Dragons

Ages 4-6, Pre-K, K, Grade 1
Fridays: 4:15 – 5:45 PM
April 21 – June 9, 2017
(9 sessions)

Hobby Horses

Ages 7-9, Grades 2-4
Mondays: 4:15 – 5:45 PM
April 3 – June 12, 2017
(9 sessions, no class on 4/10, 4/17 or 5/29)
(Replacement class on TUESDAY, 5/30)


Ages 10-14, Grades 5-8
Thursdays: 4:30 – 6:00 PM
April 6 – June 8, 2017
(9 sessions, no class on 4/13)



Spring Sharing: Thursday, March 23 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
At the end of each season all classes come together for a sharing of material with each other and parents. 

  • All classes are held at the Washington Revels Office, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
  • If you have questions about the workshops please call 301-587-3835.
  • Scholarships available! Call 301-830-4407 or email for more information!
  • Before Care is available for all age ranges. Times and pricing are available on the registration form.

Workshop Descriptions

Children Mumming #1 (Education)


Ages 4-6, Pre-K, K, Grade 1

This special series of workshops is developed with our youngest performers in mind…Through singing, movement, games, and stories, these workshops nurture and encourage children’s love of play. The stories become adventures brought to life, interwoven with traditional songs, dances, and games. Each session stresses teamwork, cooperation, and mutual respect, while also encouraging individual expression.


Ages 7-9, Grades 2-4

In these workshops, students use their whole body, natural curiosity, and creativity to explore music, dance, and drama through traditions, songs, stories, and crafts according to the changing seasons. Emphasis is on encouraging use of the imagination while developing performance skills in a comfortable setting. Perfect for kids who like to play and explore all the arts.


Ages 10-14, Grades 5-8

Dragons, villains, jesters, and more…The workshops are action-packed and performance-based, where students continue to explore the theatre through traditional dances, stories and plays. Students read and write scripts, create characters, and produce skits based on broadly played characters and outlandish or mythical situations. Special Guests from Revels creative team will share the art of song leading, coordinating over a hundred people backstage, and how we combine singing, dancing, audience participation, and acting into a one-of-a-kind Revels event. For your favorite future directors, stage managers, designers, and artists… it’s time to build a Revels!..

Teaching Artists

Our workshop leaders are skilled in multiple performing arts disciplines, both as talented performers and as gifted teachers. Emphasis is placed on helping youth to actively engage in the creative process, to gain performing skills and confidence, and to develop a deeper understanding of cultural traditions – all while having fun!


Emilie Moore (Teaching Artist)
A Reveler since childhood, Emilie Moore has grown up with a foundation of traditional music, dance and drama, and of course a delightfully large and loving Revels family. She helped inaugurate the Education Workshops in 2010 as the assistant and coordinator of all three classes, a role she maintained through the next two years. She continued to work more intensely with the 2nd-3rd Workshop, assisting Emma Jaster and co-teaching with Danny Pushkin, coupled with being the on-call substitute for all other workshops. She has been the lead teaching artist for the Hobby Horses for five seasons and is the Education & Volunteer Manager for Revels. Accompanying her experience in the land of education, she has worn many hats in the Revels community, both onstage and off. From Production Assistant, to Props Crew, to May Queen, she has tried it all! She has stage managed the children’s chorus for many years, working closely with the children’s directors in both May and Christmas. Wherever there are children in Revels, you will find Emilie there, too! Since 1997 she has been fully immersed in the kinds of seasonal celebrations that form the core of Revels and are the bedrock of the education programs. She is passionate about educating the next generation, but more importantly doing so surrounded by the joy, health, love and peace that encompass Revels.


Christine Alexander (Teaching Artist)

Christine is a graduate of The George Washington University where she majored in Theater and double minored in French Literature and History.  There she was the recipient of the Presidential Scholar in the Arts scholarship for acting, participated in multiple department and student theater productions, and was a guide for the outdoor organization on campus. Since graduation she has participated in the vibrant DC theater community as both an actor and stage manager and was introduced to the Revels community when she stage managed The Christmas Revels 30th Anniversary production in 2012. Her experience with children ranges from four summers as a counselor and paddling instructor at her favorite place on earth, Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard, NC, to her work with the Smithsonian’s Tools of Discovery program which works in Pre-K and K classes in DCPS. She is a proud company member of Young Playwright’s Theater as well as a part-time teacher at Amazing Life Games Pre-School and a weekend trip leader for the City Kids Wilderness Project. Christine joins Revels as the lead teaching artist for the Little Dragons after nearly three years of assisting the original instructor, Oran Sandel, in addition to serving as the assistant in Washington Revels’ other workshops.


Madeline Key is a UMD grad, actor/educator who found her way to Washington Revels through her work with Tools of Discovery at the Smithsonian. She performs and teaches in various capacities throughout town, and would love to drink coffee with you! See her puppet work in King Ubu this December with Pointless Theatre Co. and in Mother Earth and Me directed by Roberta Gasbarre at Discovery Theatre in April.


Gus Voorhees (Teaching Artist)

Gus Voorhees is a button accordionist, fiddler and hurdy-gurdy player from Washington, DC, making expressive, convention challenging traditional music. He has a degree in Music and Anthropology from Beloit College and has studied with Chris Wood, with the English Acoustic Collective, and in Donegal at the Glencolmcille fiddle week. He has been morris dancing for over a decade with Foggy Bottom Morris Men, Thames Valley International and Maple Morris. Gushas danced the Lord of the Dance in the Christmas Revels, and played for Revel’s parades and May celebrations. He teaches Cotswold Morris to the 6th grade boys at Potomac School for their May Day celebration and has been on staff at CDSS English Week at Pinewoods.

Workshop Policies

In order to offer the highest quality program, children must be in the appropriate grade (or equivalent, if homeschooled) at the start of the workshop.


The registration deadline is exactly one week prior to the start of the workshop. Confirmation of registration will be sent via email (a valid email address is required at the time of registration).


Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Checks (payable to Washington Revels), Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are accepted. There is a $25 charge for returned checks.


More than 7 days prior to first session – full refund (minus $20 administrative fee)
Within 7 days prior to first session – 50% refund
After date of first session – no refund available


Washington Revels will cancel any workshop not meeting minimum enrollment requirements and will refund tuition in full. If individual sessions are cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, efforts will be made to reschedule, if possible, but no refunds will be issued.


Washington Revels workshops build a community among participants, and skills build as the session progresses, so weekly attendance is very important. If you know in advance that your child must be absent, please inform your teaching artist the week prior by emailing (or at the time of registration). If an absence is unexpected, please notify the Education Assistant as soon as possible by email or phone. Make-up sessions are not offered if a child is unable to attend a session. No credits or refunds can be given for missed sessions.


Classes will start and end on time, so please schedule your arrival to allow your child sufficient time to be settled and prepared to participate. Please do not drop off students more than 15 minutes early unless you have paid for Before Care services. Teachers and assistants will be leaving the building within 15 minutes of class ending, so students must be picked up on time.


Be considerate of others in your child’s workshop. Do not bring your child if he or she is “coming down with something.” Children who are not feeling well are not able to participate effectively. Please notify the Education Assistant as soon as possible if the student will be absent.

Preparation for Workshops

Please make sure your child dresses in comfortable clothing to allow easy movement. Hair should be tied up away from the face. You are encouraged to provide your child with a healthy snack (please: no sugar!) prior to the start of the workshop; food will not be permitted in the room.


We recommend that your child have a snack to eat before their workshop each week, in order to sustain their energy during throughout the 90-minute class . If your child comes to the Revels Office directly after school to participate in Before Care, please pack them a snack in the morning as there will be no chance to pick up a snack between school and the office. However, we ask that you NOT provide them with sugary snacks – eating sugar before the class increases the likelihood of disruptive behavior, which can spread to other kids and threaten the productivity of the entire class. For this reason, children with sugary snacks will not be allowed to eat their snack before the workshop begins. Healthy snack ideas can be found on the parent website:

Behavior Standards

A significant component of each workshop is the creative community formed among participants. Our goal is to nurture responsible, independent, empathetic individuals. We ask that, while participating in Revels programs, families treat all people with grace and courtesy; honor differences; practice equality, social justice, and stewardship of the environment; and respect the privacy of adults and children – refrain from passing along information that might be hurtful to someone or is not intended as public knowledge.

Class Behavior Guidelines

The cornerstones for defining socially appropriate behavior are health, safety, and respect for self, others and property. Unacceptable behaviors (as determined by the instructor) include but are not limited to: excessive pushing and hitting, biting, running away from the group and instructor, and/or impulsive behavior that endangers the safety of self or others. If your child’s behavior compromises the safety or enjoyment of the other children in the workshop, the child will be asked to leave the room and sit in the Program Manager’s office for a period of time, following which they will be asked to rejoin the group. If a child is dismissed more than once from a class we will contact you and ask that you pick up your child as soon as possible. If their behavior persists we will consult with you on whether it is appropriate for your child to continue. In extreme cases we will ask that your child not return to Washington Revels and will refund the remainder of your session cost. Parents will be billed for any property damage due to socially inappropriate behavior on the part of their child.

Physical or abusive verbal discipline may not be used by anyone at any time on the Washington Revels premises or grounds. Sexual abuse/assault is illegal and will not be tolerated. Allegations of abuse or assault will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately. This applies to all employees, subcontractors, volunteers, parents and students.

Professional Integrity / Non-Discrimination

Washington Revels does not practice or tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family status or responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, or place of residence or business. Allegations of discrimination will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with appropriately. This applies to all employees, subcontractors, volunteers, parents and students.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Because the teaching artists are concentrating on the children, it is difficult for teaching artists to confer with parents at arrival and dismissal times. If you would like to speak with your child’s teaching artist, please e-mail, specify which teacher, and the teaching artist will get back to you within 24 hours.


Valuable items should not be brought to the workshop. Please leave toys and other personal objects at home or in the car. Washington Revels will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Items found will be placed in the lost-and-found cubby. Articles left in the lost-and-found cubby will be donated at the end of every session to a local charity.

Parents, Siblings, and Visitors

Workshops are for children, without adult participation or observation, which inevitably changes the dynamic of the class. If you (or anyone else accompanying the participant) would like to remain in the Revels building, we ask that you wait in the designated areas during the session to avoid disruption. For the final “sharing” session of each workshop, family and friends are eagerly welcomed and encouraged to participate. If a family member will be unable to attend the final session and would like to sit in on the last rehearsal instead, you should email at least one week before that class. Please note that a request to sit in on a class is not guaranteed and is approved only at the discretion of the teaching artist.

Inclement Weather Policy

Washington Revels generally follows Montgomery County Public Schools for closings due to weather conditions. If Revels is closed, there will be a message on the answering machine – 301-587-3835 – stating that we are closed. You will also receive an email from the office if class is cancelled. If class is not cancelled but conditions are difficult, you are the best judge of driving conditions in your neighborhood and the safety of your street during dangerous weather conditions; please use your best judgment as to whether to come or not.

Emergency Situations

In case of an emergency (a fire, for example), your child will be walked to a safe location where he or she can be picked up. If you are unable to pick up your child during a crisis or emergency, your child will be cared for until you can be reunited. Please provide an alternate emergency contact on the registration form.

Photography and Videography

Washington Revels will hold all copyright and be the sole owner of all recordings, photographs or other images that are taken during the workshop for any purpose (including but not limited to website and promotional use) other than public sale of such recordings and documents. You will be required to sign a publicity waiver at the time of registration. When using any images involving children, for any purpose, names will not be used without first obtaining written permission from the child’s parents or guardians.

Release Agreement

Although every effort is made to provide a safe environment, there is always a risk of accident. Participants are expected to carry their own accident and medical insurance. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability and indemnity form at the time of registration.

[updated 03/21/2014]


Animal Hats (Education)

Spring Workshops have begun – but it’s not too late to join!

Please note: Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Read the workshop descriptions and policies thoroughly.
  2. Download the Registration Form here!
  3. Include payment via one of the following methods:
    • MAIL – Fill out, print, and mail your completed form to Washington Revels, Education Programs, 531 Dale Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
    • FAX – Fill out, print, and fax your completed form to 1-888-587-9050 (credit card only)
    • EMAIL – Fill out, save, and email your completed form (as an attachment) to:
    • Scholarships available – Email or call 301-830-4407 for more information!

Registrations cannot be completed by telephone, but please call 301-587-3835 with any questions.


Washington Revels, Inc.
531 Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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301-587-3835 (voice)
888-587-9050 (fax)

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