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5 Star Dance Camp – (ages 9-10)

5 Star Dance Camp – Proposed curriculum

This dance camp program was created to provide an introduction to a variety of dance genres in an environment that will nurture the developing dancer in a safe and progressive way. My approach is to coach students in discovering for themselves how their bodies relate to various dance techniques, and to help them grow by “feeling the dance” from within. Students will further develop their technique through increased complexity in class combinations, musical phrasing and choreography. Group discussions will center on dance vocabulary and dance history.

Classes will allow plenty of time for imagination and exploration, even as the children are mastering the basic concepts. Students are taught to understand the various dance techniques so that safe work habits, personal responsibility, and concentration become second nature. The outcome of this approach is that students acquire the tools of mind and body that will help to foster self-esteem, self-discipline, and fitness that provide a powerful edge in any future endeavour. Students will develop their performance quality by presenting a short dance variation that they had learned during camp.

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My teaching philosophy:

  1. Treat all children equal.
  2. Teach art… which is an expression of emotion. People remember what they feel.
  3. Educate children about their bodies…. know how the machine works. Anatomy, anatomy, anatomy.
  4. Teach musicality… even if people claim it cannot be taught.
  5. I like my students to be intelligent dancers. Learn to compare differences instead of being “winning” orientated. Be the best you can be and learn from other people’s strengths and weaknesses.|
  6. I always like to tell stories…. Analogies and imagery stimulates the imagination and creativity in children.
  7. I teach self-respect and self-discipline. I explain I cannot force them to do anything…. it has to be self motivated work ethic.
  8. Discipline is very important in dance. In every 8 counts you have to think about Posture, Feet, Turnout, the beat of the music, performing, the dynamics of the movement and music, interpretation and the telling of and emotion or a story.
  9. I encourage ALL of my students to set goals for themselves. This creates goal-orientated children with a good work ethic and an emphasis on detail and precision and the completion of and task.
  10. I don’t know what passion it exactly but I think it is when everything you love comes together with a lot of energy and soul and spirit.

This summer dance program was designed to introduce children to a variety of dance forms in a safe and nurturing environment.  Dancers will develop technique and performance skills by learning foundations and combinations.  Campers will learn multiple dance routines that will be performed for their family and friends at the end of the week.  This program also incorporates elements of self-esteem, self-discipline, teamwork, concentration and…TONS OF FUN.  Campers will take part in jazz, ballet, musical theater and hip hop.

Jazz:  Spin, leap, bend and kick! Jazz offers a little bit of everything!  Enjoy an upbeat class filled with movement and fun. This class includes traveling steps down the room, technical work in the center and upbeat combinations.

Ballet: Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms and is important for strengthening turnout and improving balance and posture.  This class incorporates technical work performed at the ballet barre, traveling movements around the room and combinations that include multiple dance steps.

Hip Hop:  Feel the beat! Enjoy combinations that include the latest trends in street dance.  Pop, lock and drop to your favourite songs!

Musical Theater:  Dance and sing at the same time… There is no better combination than that!  This class incorporates acting exercises along with performances to songs from classic and modern musicals

Dancer’s Warm Up Dancers and athletes take great care of their bodies and understand that a warm-up done properly will guard against injury to their muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. Prior to dancing, exercises will be performed in order to warm up and stretch muscles. Care is taken to ensure that everyone executing the exercises properly and that each dancer is stretching within their ability.

Attire:

  • White t-shirt – preferably form fitting
  • Light weight running shoes with flexible sole
  • Students may bring jazz or ballet shoes if they already have them

The Dance Program

Monday

9:30 – 9:45 – Warm up
9:45 – 10:30 – Lyrical – foundations and combinations
10:30 – 10:45 – Snack
10:45 – 11:45 – Modern Jazz – foundations and combinations

Tuesday

9:30 – 9:45 – Warm up
9:45 – 10:30 – Street Jazz – foundations and combinations
10:30 – 10:45 – Snack
10:45 – 11:45 – Modern Jazz – foundations and combinations

Wednesday

9:30 – 9:45 – Warm up
9:45 – 10:30 – National – discuss country and learn short dance
10:30 – 10:45 – Snack
10:45 – 11:45 – Modern Jazz – combinations and start dance

Thursday

9:30 – 9:45 – Warm up
9:45 – 10:30 – Lyrical- foundations and combinations
10:30 – 10:45 – Snack
10:45 – 11:45 – Modern Jazz – foundations and combinations

Friday

9:30 – 9:45 – Warm up
9:45 – 10:30 – Street Jazz – rehearsal
10:30 – 10:45 – Snack
10:45 – 11:45 – Presentation

Typical Day For a 9-10 Year Old ( Dance Camp Only)

7:30 – 9:00 Pre-Camp Activities
9:00 – 9:30 Attendance at flagpole, morning greeting, announcements, games/jokes/group initiatives to start off the day
9:30 – 10:30 Dance Program
10:30 – 10:45 Snack
10:45 – 11:45 Dance Program
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Arts & Crafts
1:30 – 2:30 Archery
2:30 – 3:30 Low Ropes / Climbing Wall
3:30 – 3:45 Snack
3:45 – 4:30 Outdoor Pool Period/ Water Inflatables
4:30 – 5:30 Post-Camp Activities

 

The “Survival Game”

A real camp favourite! Campers get to learn what it is like to survive as a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore, by searching for food and water and avoiding predators as they hunt through the forest. This game develops children’s appreciation for nature and wildlife, through fun and exciting wilderness adventure. Without question your children will talk about this game as one of the highlights of the week.

A real camp favourite! Campers get to learn what it is like to survive as a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore, by searching for food and water and avoiding predators as they hunt through the forest. This game develops children’s appreciation for nature and wildlife, through fun and exciting wilderness adventure. Without question your children will talk about this game as one of the highlights of the week.

Camp Calendar:

July 2017 Dance Camp

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1* July 3* July 4  July 5 July 6 July 7
Week 2 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 13 July 14
Week 3 July 17 July 18 July 19 July 20 July 21
Week 4 July 24 July 25 July 26 July 27 July 28


Note: *Indicates short week due to civic holiday (July 3rd)

 

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What to Bring:

  • waterproof sunscreen (spray bottle please)
  • water bottle
  • hat
  • swimsuit, towel and flip-flops/sandals
  • running shoes
  • bug spray (with deet)
  • lock
  • backpack

Please note we travel all day with the children’s bug spray and sunscreen in our Counsellors backpack so please label these items well and we will do our best to return them at the end of the week. We recommend that you have 2 bottles of bug spray and sunscreen(spray bottle please); one to keep at home to apply before your child comes for the day and the others to give to us to keep with our counsellors. This program works extremely well as we have an outstanding record of no sunburns!

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