The Hi-Liners Musical Theatre in Burien, WA: Putting People Downstage Center Since 1966! Our productions, classes, workshops and camps are open to students ages 3 to 22. We are a non-profit youth theatre dedicated to providing professional direction to our young cast members to develop their talents with the backdrop of quality sets, costumes and a live orchestra, to give both the performers and the audience a genuine Broadway musical experience.

DownStage Center Classes

DSC Classes

In addition to developing theatre arts skills, DSC classes can help you develop your ability to speak up in school, increase the creativity going into your homework and improve your classroom presentations. It is documented that having the arts in our lives makes us better students in general!


Spring Break Camp
The Little Mermaid in Madagascar (Ages 7-15)
  • April 3-7
  • Daily 10am-1pm
  • $195
  • Register

Get to know the shows before you audition! This is a great opportunity to learn about our summer production, Madagascar JR. and our September MainStage show, The Little Mermaid. Hone your Musical Theatre skills while exploring fabulous characters — singing their songs, learning the plot and dancing in the style of the show. Then, strut your stuff in our off, off, off Broadway Production of musical selections and scenes.


DSC Class Schedule
Footlights (Ages 4-6*)
  • Feb 28-June 13
  • Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
  • $205
  • Register

*6 year olds new to our program. (No class 4/4, 4/25)

Children will practice active listening, following directions, and taking turns, BUT DON'T TELL THEM. They'll think we're just playing games, singing songs, and making up stories.

Imagination Station (Ages 6*-8)
  • Feb 28-June 13
  • Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
  • $205
  • Register

*Returning 6 year olds. (No class 4/4, 4/25)

Foundation skills of observation, mimicry, maintaining focus, and cueing are practiced in theatre games, stories and songs. Kids will begin to learn how to collaborate in small groups to create original short plays.

Musical Theatre Playhouse (Ages 9-11)
  • March 1-June 14
  • Wednesdays, 4:30-6pm
  • $295
  • Register

(No class 4/5, 4/26)

The Playhouse is a place to learn to make the physical and vocal choices necessary to create a character. Students will work on the fundamental theatrical skills of vocal projection, making character choices, creating stage pictures, and collaborating with other actors.

Improvisation (Ages 9-12*)
  • March 3-June 16
  • Fridays, 4:30-6pm
  • $295
  • Register

*12 year olds new to Improv. (No class 4/7, 4/28)

Teen Improvisation (Ages 12*-16)
  • March 3-June 16
  • Fridays, 4:30-6pm
  • $295
  • Register

*12 year olds with at least 2 semesters of Improv.
(No class 4/7, 4/28)

Learn to think on your feet, be creative on demand and finally get the respect you deserve for being the class clown!


Saturday Dance Classes
Lullaby League (Ages 3-4 w/parent)  New!
  • March 4-June 10
  • Sat, 10:15-11am
  • $190
  • Register

(No class 4/8, 4/29)

Walking, running, spinning and jumping are the foundations of dance. This is a great opportunity for tots and Mom or Dad to get up and move together!

Creative Movement (Ages 5-6)  New!
  • March 4-June 10
  • Sat, 11:15-12pm
  • $190
  • Register

(No class 4/8, 4/29)

Little ones are innately creative. Connect the imagination and the body with dance exploration.

Ballet (Ages 7 and Up)
  • March 4-June 10
  • Sat, 12:15-1:15pm
  • $190*
  • Register

*$325 combined with Jazz. (No class 4/8, 4/29)

Fundamentals of the foundation for all dance. Talk like a dancer, move like a dancer, build muscle like an athlete.

Jazz (Ages 7 and Up)
  • March 4-June 10
  • Sat, 1:30-2:30pm
  • $190*
  • Register

*$325 combined with Ballet. (No class 4/8, 4/29)

Learning the building blocks of dance for musical theatre makes every dance audition more fun!

Dance for Musical Theatre (Ages 10* and Up)
  • March 4-June 10
  • Sat, 12:15-1:15pm
  • $190**
  • Register

*Younger students accepted on a case by case basis.

**$325 combined with Tap Your Talent. (No class 4/8, 4/29)

A Musical Theatre intensive focused on dance inspired by the choreography of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Agnes DeMille.

Tap Your Talent (Ages 10* and Up)
  • March 4-June 10
  • Sat, 1:30-2:30pm
  • $190**
  • Register

*Younger students accepted on a case by case basis.

**$325 combined with Dance for Musical Theatre.
(No class 4/8, 4/29)

Musical Theatre tap class for beginners and those who want to enhance their style!


Minimum Enrollment

DownStage Center reserves the right to cancel classes if enrollment does not meet minimum requirements. You will receive a confirmation notification via email one week before the scheduled class start date.

Classes Location

Sibling Discount

For siblings enrolled in the same program or in programs taking place concurrently, a 15% discount is available for the second (and each additional) family member. To receive the discount, register by phone at 206-617-2152.


June Recital

In the Spring, all DSC classes shift to a rehearsal focus to prepare for our June Recital. You can have a full production experience, complete with costumes, lighting, and a stage performance, but class is still only once a week!


Private Coaching

Unable to find the class to fit your schedule? Or, are you a home schooler looking for classes during school hours? We have private coaching available to meet your needs! Just contact us and we will work with you to make sure you get yourself DownStage Center!


Policies & Procedures

View The Hi-Liners Policies & Procedures (PDF) regarding auditions, casting, non-discrimination and tuition.