SPRING DANCE & LEARNING CAMP 2018. Click for info and enrollment.
SUMMER DANCE & LEARNING BI-LINGUAL CAMP. Click for info and enrollment.
The Salsa With Silvia Dance & Learning 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 – OUR CAMPS ARE BI-LINGUAL! At least 50% of the content is taught in Spanish.
- 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.
- Free play and rest time (every day). 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.
- Playtime: obstacle course, musical chairs, Simon Says, and tons of other games
- 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 Spring 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.
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:
DROP OFF, MEET & GREET
CIRCLE TIME. Teachers and students discuss today’s planned activities.
OUTDOOR PLAY/ARTS AND CRAFTS/DANCE LESSON/FIELD TRIP TIME (Schedule varies daily).
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: STORIES, READING, WRITING, DRAWING, SCIENCE
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.
A DAILY DANCE CLASS
FREE PLAY & DANCE (outdoor or indoor depending on weather).
RELAXING ACTIVITIES AND PICK UP TIME (calming down before going home)
What is the adult to student ratio?
We have at least 3 adults for a group of 10 to 15 kids. More instructors and educators join camp for field trips and weeks when we have 15 to 20 kids. 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 ration is much higher than any other camp. During field trips we send 5 to 7 adults with a group of 15 to 20 kids. During regular activities we have at least 2-3 adults for a group of 15 kids and 4 adults for a group of 15 to 20 kids.
- Small size: our camp has a 15 kids capacity but we could accommodate and staff for up to 20 kids. We always include extra adults for more than 15 kids.
- 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 don’t save on arts & crafts supplies for the kids.
- 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?
Yes, depending on registration, the class will be split in two: 4 to 5 year olds and 6 to 7 year olds. The separation will only take place for certain activities like dance, arts and crafts, rest time.
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! We do tend to have more girls but we also always have a few boys that LOVE our camps. We would love to have more boys!
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. 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?
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 (summer camp only), performances, theater, kids dance shows, library, museums visits 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.
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.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SPRING AND SUMMER CAMP 2017
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