Make Move and Jam Clubs

We are excited to share the successful launch of our first ever clubs program after school which will continue this winter. Thanks to our new schedule, over the next 24 months Conservatory Lab is rolling out an innovative interdisciplinary program that will offer robust arts and academic enrichment opportunities to students and their families.  

The Clubs program, called Make, Move, and Jam will combine academic content with rich learning opportunities in the arts. Conservatory Lab students who participate will:

Quick Facts:

  • Hours: 2:45PM to 4:45PM one day per week
  • Students may sign up for ONE club
    • Monday and Thursday Upper School Media Arts (Subject: Our Neighborhood)
    • Wednesday Lower School Dance (Subject: Storytelling through Dance)
  • Sign up will be first come, first served, but families who didn’t get access in the fall will receive priority enrollment by December 23, 2021
  • Applications due (via ParentSquare) by January 5, 2022
    • Accepted families will receive an invoice and other documents with their welcome letter.
    • Checks can be made payable to Conservatory Lab Charter School.
  • More clubs are in development for the Winter and Spring Seasons.
  • For the 2021-2022 School Year, participants in the YMCA After School Program will not be eligible for clubs. We are prioritizing developing strong arts and academic enrichment programs within the YMCA program so that families who need childcare will have access to fun and engaging content.

Lower School

Dance and Choreography: Imaginary Inventions

Get ready to launch your imagination through dance and visual art. In addition to exploring Modern, Hip Hop, and Jazz dance, students will contribute to choreography with inspiration images and make masks. On the last day of the program, students will put on a video-taped performance that will be shared with families via a virtual Celebration of Learning, with recordings made available afterwards.  

In the years between four years old and eight, students make leaps and bounds in reading, math, drawing, or music. A dance program is no different, and splitting into two groups will allow students in both age groups to learn more complex developmentally appropriate dance forms and choreography. 

Orange Group Wednesday:

Grades 1 & 2
  • Subject: Dance and Storytelling
  • Grades: 1-2
  • Pick up will be at 4:45PM at the Lower School
  • Students will be allowed to change into comfortable Clothes
  • There will be a video performance for families
  • Cost: $20
  • Mentors: Ms. Brown and Ms. Vonleh 

Red Group Thursday:

Grades K1 & K2
  • Subject: Dance and Choreography
  • Grades: K1-K2
  • Pick up will be at 4:45PM at the Lower School
  • Students will be allowed to change into comfortable Clothes
  • There will be a video performance for families
  • Cost: $20
  • Mentors: Ms. Brown and Ms. Howe

Malikah Brown serves as the Operations Manager at the Lower School where she greets every family with warmth. She is a native of Boston, even serving for a time as a professional Cheerleader for the Boston Celtics and Patriots. She studied dance with the Boston Ballet, Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts, Phunk Phenomenon Dance Company and numerous choreographers. She has trained and performed in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop dance styles and looks forward to sharing her joy for dance with our students.

Samantha Howe serves as a pre-Kindergarten teaching assistant at Conservatory Lab. This is her second year working at the school and her seventh year of living in Boston after moving here from Upstate NY. Samantha dabbled in the dance world from pre-k to high school and currently exercises her love of dance by frequently attending musicals and dance performances. She is looking forward to joining this wonderful program and helping to foster a passion for dance in our youngest community members.

Stay tuned for some SURPRISE CLCS Staff who will join us as guests!

Upper School

Media Arts: Literary Magazine

Subject: We are CREW!

Participants will explore how CREW qualities impact their own lives by using a design process to write, draw, edit, and refine their ideas both collectively and individually. Students will learn about poetry and art using inspiration materials about each CREW quality. They will produce several poems and works of art and gain career skills by working together towards our finished product: A full color CLCS Literary Magazine (Title TBD by the students themselves). 

  • Grades: 3-8
  • MONDAY from 2:45 PM to 4:45 PM
  • Students will produce poems and drawings for a final Magazine that will be printed professionally.
  • Students will create their own “Zines” a self-published technique pioneered in the 1990’s to amplify ideas that mattered to artists, activists, and writers
  • Students may publish photos and videos to CLCS and Clubs Social Media
  • Cost: $20
  • Club Mentor: Tashanna Edwards

Tashanna Edwards is an MFA Writing Candidate at Western Connecticut State University, and serves as the Teaching Assistant for Grade 6 at the Upper School. She self-published a children’s book titled Brookie & the Bees and is seeking traditional publication for her young-adult novel. Edwards enjoys writing poetry, short stories and screenwriting. She is looking forward to sharing her love for writing and creating with the new club!  

Clubs: FAQ

  1. What are the Make Move and Jam clubs?

Interdisciplinary arts-based activities that encourage participants to develop creative strategies, concrete skills, and to make connections to the world around us. 

  1. Who can participate in the Make Move and Jam clubs?

Any participant who is not already enrolled in the YMCA Clubs may sign up for ONE club. Conservatory Lab will be providing push-in support to the YMCA to ensure that participants have access to engaging arts-driven activities, but at this time the two programs are running separately.  

  1. How will the participants be selected for the Make Move Jam Clubs?

Sign-up will be first come first served, and participants will be added to the waiting list. If interest is strong, participants on the waiting list for Fall will be added to Winter or Spring if the club is scheduled to run another time.  

  1. What hours will the programs run?  What if I’m running late?

The Make Move Jam clubs run until 4:45PM. It will be $1 per child, per minute for late pickup. There will be no program Tuesday or Friday at this time.  

  1. Where will the program take place?

At the building where your participant attends CLCS with some walking field trips to explore our neighborhood.  

  1. Will my child need special equipment or materials?

Most materials will be provided.

  1. How much does it cost?

The Make Move Jam clubs will meet one or two times a week and cost $20-30 per Season. Seasons start in October, January, and April. Session one will run 5 weeks and the other two will run 8 weeks.  

  1. What if my child’s sibling is in the other building?

As with all extracurricular activities, it is your responsibility to provide transportation for your children. As we build capacity we do hope to have parallel programs at both buildings at the same time but in the pilot phase we are staggering buildings to ensure that participants are receiving the highest quality program possible.  


with things like visual arts, technology, and engineering. 


with dance, karate, and athletics.


with music, poetry, games, and drama. 

Clubs will be grounded in our CREW qualities to create a safe and supportive learning environment. Programming will be aligned to high level National Art Education (NAEA) standards  (Create, Respond, Present, and Connect) and the framework for positive youth development built by the National Partnership for Creative Youth Development (Create, Catalyze, and Connect). 

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