By Landan Kuhlmann
The owners of Future Stars of Houston have seen the fruits of creativity’s labor in their own daughter.
Now, they want to bring that chance to all of Houston’s youth.
Future Stars of Houston is now offering learning, enrichment and performance classes for children of all ages at 707 N. Shepherd Dr. Suite 200 in the Heights. Classes officially began Sept. 28, and run Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
“We didn’t see much in our neighborhood that was pushed toward fine arts and creativity. There were dance and gymnastics classes, but we didn’t see much where the creative side could be explored,” the owners said. “So we went down the rabbit hole and decided to have a center where we could have everything together. We wanted to give kids that platform to take any sort of creativity they have and show it off.”
Parents can now bring their children to Future Stars of Houston for classes on a variety of fronts. Among educational offerings available to students will be classes for arts and crafts, chess, robotics, engineering, culinary arts and more.
Future Stars of Houston is also offering dance programs and virtual vocal lessons that began Thursday. Laura Jane Jones, who has performed with Enrique Iglesias and Aerosmith, as well as at last year’s Oscar Awards, will be teaching vocal lessons – virtually at first, then in-person later provided health conditions allow for it. Also available will be instrumental lessons.
“There are many music schools around the country and world that teach singing skills, and how to play musical instruments. What sets this academy apart is: ‘we teach how to entertain’ an audience with your finely tuned skills,” Future Stars music director Mary Griffin said. “How to draw the audience in, make it memorable, surprise them, and leave them wanting more. The instructor board is made up of professional artists that make their living entertaining.”
Eventually, the students will perform their craft for an audience in the studio’s performance space.
“For kids that want to explore a different side of themselves there really isn’t that much (in this neighborhood), so we wanted to create a space that focuses on all of those things,” the owners said. “We think it explores a whole different side of your brain, and can give kids a lot of confidence.”
Future Stars has also partnered with after-school program Zenith Learning to come up with curriculum and lessons for students of all ages. Amidst COVID-19, many students in the area have been learning virtually from home, while others are homeschooled. The owners said a prime factor for Future Stars’ educational offerings are based on creating an environment that allows them another outlet that can only enhance their minds.
“We’re looking at all the things kids can do to be creative and provide a space that encourages everything,” they said. “We wanted to create something where (those students) could still takes classes at our center and get the enrichment they need alongside a regular curriculum.”
Inside the 9,000-square-foot space, which incidentally works will with current social distancing guidelines, students will have the freedom and space with which to explore every passion possible.
That idea, the owners said, was partly inspired by their own 5-year-old daughter’s dance journey, who last year worked for months on end to get on stage for a performance at Houston’s Match Theater.
“She had a goal…and we loved the idea that kids aren’t just taking classes, they’re taking classes toward a goal and exploring their talents. As you go through life and the regular school system, you’re required to learn certain things,” they said. “But if kids are allowed to explore their talents early on, they may develop a part of their brain they might not have otherwise.”
In offering Future Stars to the Houston community, the owners have one simple goal – to inspire, educate and help students forge their own path by getting the creative juices flowing.
“We want kids to see each other’s’ talents and learn to work together and appreciate different people’s skills. We wanted something inclusive and to have kids from different cultures to see each other’s talents,” they said. “It just becomes an open space for them to learn and explore – that’s very important to us.”
For more information on Future Stars of Houston or to check out what they have to offer, visit their website at futurestarsofhouston.com or give them a call at 713-234-5599.