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Baltimore After-School Program Gets ‘Classic’ Twist

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A free after-school program for Baltimore City students has a “classic” twist.

As Jessica Kartalija reports, it helps segue kids into the renowned Baltimore School for the Arts.

Inside the Baltimore School for the Arts, it’s after-school education with a whole lot of class. This one is on conditioning. Free after-school classes are held in the exclusive Cathedral Street School and are part of the TWIGS program, which stands for To Work In Gaining Skills.

“It’s giving kids a really high class preparation that they might not have achieved otherwise,” said director Chris Ford.

Students who live in Baltimore City are eligible to audition for the program.

Eighth-grader Isiah Pope attends the program and will attend BSA next fall.

“I really like it because it give me the feel for the thing I like to do, which is acting,” Pope said.

In addition to theater and dance, students also attend visual arts classes.

“By getting started early, they can keep that childlike imagination going on and grow that into their adult life,” Ford said.

TWIGS auditions are April 13 through 21. For a link to the Baltimore School for the Arts, click here.

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