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The Salsa With Silvia Dance & Learning Bilingual Camps – so much more than just dance camps!
Dance, learning, creating and playing!
- Structured dance lessons (2 per day). Styles taught: ballet, creative movement, jazz, modern, tap, Latin, Bollywood. Every dance lesson begins with a fun warm up.
- Outdoor time (every day). Kids are involved in structured outdoor games such as obstacle course and more. Once a week the students will visit a spray park.
- Music & singing lessons: singing & musicality.
- Spanish lessons (daily).
- Education & storytelling (once a day): letters, numbers, reading, students read at home and share a story. Once a week students visit Walls of Books for story time.
- Arts & crafts: students work on a special project every day all week long and take it home on Friday. Best work will win our arts & crafts contest at the end of every 2-week session. In addition during free play time students will color.
- Playtime: obstacle course, musical chairs, Simon Says, and tons of other games
- Rest time. Younger students will take a nap or rest. Older students will play quiet games, read stories, listen to quiet music. Free play is also allowed at the end of the day in after care.
- Field trips. Students will visit theater and other performances, museums, dance schools, and more fun locations.
- Spray park (summer camp only). Students visit a spray park once every week to cool down, play and enjoy the summer.
- Recitals . Students will prepare a short performance to demonstrate the dance styles that they have been learning.
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ABOUT THE EDUCATORS & THE DANCE INSTRUCTORS
All teachers are experienced, certified, CPR trained educators. Our seasoned dance instructors have years of experience working with children. The main focus is to provide good care for your children while they continue their education and learn coordination, rhythm, music and dance on daily basis. Click to read more about our team.
CAMP THEMES & DANCE LESSONS FOCUS. Scroll down for pics & videos:
Our one-week and Summer camps focus on different themes of education and dance style. Depending on the theme, the students get to visit different locations for their field trips such as the Newseum, Air & Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Discovery Theater, The Zoo, National History museum and more. Here are some examples of our themes:
SESSION THEME: THE YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER – children have disposable cameras and take pics of what they do in camp during the session. In the end they create a collage to take home. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Modern/Jazz & Latin.
THEATER FOR PRINCESSES & SUPER HEROES – throughout the session children will be working on creating a theater play with their favorite book/movie characters and will present at recital. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Ballet/Contemporary & Latin.
IMAGINATION AT WORKS – prompted to use their imagination, students participate in activities like space exploration, cooking workshop, growing a plant, arts & crafts. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Tap & Latin.
FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS – students learn about different animals through stories, dance, games, music, arts & crafts. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Hip Hop & Ballet.
IS FOOD PROVIDED DURING THE DAY?
Breakfast and afternoon snack are provided. Parents bring lunch and additional snack in a clearly labeled lunch bag.
TENTATIVE DAILY SCHEDULE:
DOORS OPEN AT 8:15AM
8:15 – 8:45 AM DROP OFF, MEET & GREET
8:30 – 9:00 AM BREAKFAST
9:00 – 9:30 AM CIRCLE TIME. Teachers and students discuss today’s planned activities.
9:30 – 10:30 AM OUTDOOR PLAY/ARTS AND CRAFTS/DANCE LESSON/FIELD TRIP TIME (Schedule varies daily).
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM LUNCH TIME
12:30 – 1:00 PM EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: STORIES, READING, WRITING, DRAWING, SCIENCE
1:00 – 2:00PM NAP/REST TIME FOR YOUNGER KIDS (optional per parents request or if child seems to be tired). Quiet activities (arts and crafts, stretching and more) for older kids.
2:30 – 3:15 PM A DAILY DANCE CLASS
3:00 – 3:30 PM SPANISH/FRENCH LESSON OR MUSIC LESSON
PICK UP TIME FOR SHORT DAY PROGRAM.
3:30 – 4:45 PM FREE PLAY & DANCE (outdoor or indoor depending on weather).
4:45 to 5:30 PM RELAXING ACTIVITIES AND PICK UP TIME (calming down before going home)
What is the adult to student ratio?
We have at least 4 adults for a group of 20 to 25 kids and at least 6 adults for field trips and outdoor time. All of our educators are certified and are CPR trained. Your child’s safety is our top priority. During field trips each instructor is assigned to a small group of kids to ensure the safety of the children.
Why are your prices higher than DCPR camps?
We stand by quality of education, best teacher to student ratio than any other camp, safety and large variety of educational and creative activities for the kids!
- All educators are currently teaching at public schools and have years of experience in early childhood education.
- All of our dance instructors and educators are CPR trained and are experienced in working with young children.
- Our adult to child ratio is much higher than any other camp.
- Small size: our camp has a 25 kids capacity.
- The number of activities we offer and creativity that our camp is filled it surpasses any other camp in the area.
- We are bi-lingual: at least 50% of content is taught in Spanish.
- We provide morning breakfast and snacks throughout the day.
- We spend tons of resources and time creative activities and arts & crafts supplies.
- Our facility is brand new and absolutely beautiful. Our cleaning standards are nothing shy of perfection.
Will the class be separated in different age groups?
Only for rest time when younger kids rest and older kids will be involved in reading, drawing and other quiet activities. We found that younger kids learn a ton from their older piers and the older kids enjoy helping the younger campers.
Are boys welcome in the camps?
YES!!! We love to have boys in camps. They can dance, create and play just as well as girls!
Where do the kids play during the outdoor time?
The nearest park, located only a block away from our facility, is located on Irving St. and Georgia Ave. NW. It has a small playground but a large open outdoor space and shaded area, perfect for the hot summer weather. The kids will enjoy not only free play time but also structured outdoor activities such as obstacle courses, jumping on beat, free dance, counting the beat and more. Another location, walking distance, that we will use is a park located on 11th and Monroe. During Summer Camp the kids enjoy Spray Park once a week. We typically visit the Spray Park at Kennedy Recreation Center.
How do you keep an eye on our kids when outdoors? Safety first!
When we are at our regular playground, Bruce Monroe park, we always have an officer on duty during outdoor play time. For our field trips, we make sure there are extra adults when public transportation is used. Each adult is assigned to a certain group of kids. The assigned teacher watches these kids but also always keeps an eye on the group. Each child will wear our bright and very colorful camp t-shirt. The kids will be accounted for on the way out of our facility and before we head back.
What form of transportation do you use if they go on field trips?
Each parent must sign a release form for each field trip. The form describes the day of the trip, the location and the type of transportation. We will use public transportation if the field trip is accessible and we will rent a van or small bus if the location is not accessible by public transportation.
What are some of the field trips?
Sprinkle parks, performances, theater, kids dance shows, the zoo, Magic Ground, the library, museums and more.
What types of dance will the kids be involved in and for how long?
Each day the kids have 2 structured dance sessions (40 min each) and are exposed to one or two different styles of dance depending on the session focus (ballet, tap, modern, Latin, Hip Hop and more). The kids participate in designing their recital by selecting their favorite styles and songs that they learned to dance to.
How exposed are the kids to Spanish? My child has never learned Spanish. Is that ok?
Our camps are Bi-Lingual and 50% of the content is taught in Spanish. Our goal is to expose the kids to Spanish as much as possible. Even if the child has never learned Spanish, he/she will start recognizing words that we use to name different objects, activities, actions, etc. We use a game, music and singing approach to learning so the kids can memorize words much quicker.
What is the goal of the dance & learning program?
Our Dance & Learning camps are designed to be fun but also very educational. The kids learn the different dance styles through games. For example, they do games where they learn to recognize the rhythm of the different dance styles. They use musical instruments and props like egg shakers, tambourines, scarves and magic wands to learn the music beat. So, we learn not only dance but we explore different styles of music and rhythm. Because it is hard for young kids to focus on dance for more than 80 minutes a day (2 sessions, 40 minutes each), we are adding many other activities such as singing & musicality, arts & crafts, outdoor time, counting, spelling, science, story telling and more. We’ll have an art contest every two-week session and the winner will get a prize after the session recital. The overall goal of the program is to continue challenging the students brains while keeping them active and having fun.
Are there special clothing requirements?
The only requirement for clothing is for our ballet activities. Each child should have a pair of ballet slippers that they can leave at our studio. Tights and leotards for girls are also preferred. Tap shoes are required for the session that has Tap dance focus. We provide the camp t-shirts on site and we wash them weekly.
What if I am only registered for a week prior to a recital, can my child still participate?
Yes, the dance routines that will be performed will not be long and difficult to memorize. Remember, we want to avoid kids feeling intimidated and we want them to enjoy it. The little kids recitals will be guided by the dance instructor the entire time.
Can my child be dismissed from camp? Do I get a refund?
Sadly, yes. Our camp has strict rules & policies. We do our absolute best to work with each child and their needs. However, there are certain types of behavior that we won’t tolerate. These are:
– Disruptive and violent behavior: pushing, hitting, spitting, offending other campers, being disrespectful to teachers, staff and other campers, etc.
– Continuously disobeying instructors, separating from the group, pulling and playing with curtains, hanging off ballet barres, not following instructions, etc.
– Demonstrating continuous lack of interest for activities offered in the camp, disturbing and distracting other campers. We want your child to have fun and if they are simply not interested in the various activities that we offer, then we’ll advise that maybe he/she is interested in other types of camps (sports, etc.).
Dismissal process: We will start by talking to the child and of course talking to the parents/guardians. We will write and give you incident reports. We will give you a first warning after the 3rd incident report. If behavior continues we will proceed with dismissing the child from camp.
Refunds: There are no refunds for one day camps. Dismissals from one day camps are highly unlikely. Usually, these type of behaviors display over several days/weeks of camps.
If you receive a dismissal warming during a one week camp and your child is dismissed, we’ll pro-rate and refund the rest of the camp enrollment fees.
If you receive a dismissal warning during summer camp and your child is dismissed, we’ll refund deposits/payments made for after the day of dismissal.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SPRING AND SUMMER CAMP 2018
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Enjoy these fabulous productions that our campers participated in during Summer Camp 2018: