The Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan begins its 11th year, with classes starting the week of Sept. 8.

Group classes in musical theater, pop/rock vocal performance, jazz and tap dance, acting, music composition, college audition prep plus fairy tale theater and "mommy and me" for pre-kindergartners are taught by a staff of experienced performing artists.

The conservatory, at 70 Pine St., specializes in private classes in all styles of voice instruction, Broadway-style dance, acting and piano.

"Our goal is to awaken, nurture and expand each student's creative potential by offering professionally taught classes, workshops and performance opportunities," Melody Meitrott Libonati, director and former Broadway musical and TV actress, said.

A performer, director and teacher for more than 20 years, she also is the artistic director of the Summer Theatre of New Canaan.

The conservatory offers a professional performance space with a stage, lighting and dance floors, as well as three private studios. Programs are available for all ages and skill levels.

Students from the conservatory have continued their studies at performing arts college programs across the country; been cast in Broadway and regional theater shows, film and TV; and won awards, according to a news release from the organization.

"Students learn the foundation needed to pursue a career in the performing arts, as well as performance skills for life," Libonati said. "Our experienced and highly qualified instructors have performed on Broadway, with major opera companies, network TV and in films. They are award-winning performing artists that have been with the conservatory for five to 10 years and work closely with the students to build a tailored program."

For information, visit or call 203-966-6177.