Nine weeks of dance, learning, creating and playing!
June 18 – August 17, 2018
STUDENTS MUST BE FULLY POTTY TRAINED!
So much more than just a dance camp…
- Outdoor Time. Bruce Monroe Park and other playgrounds in the area.
- Spanish – OUR CAMPS ARE BI-LINGUAL! At least 50% of the content is taught in Spanish.
- Arts & Crafts projects
- Structured Dance Sessions – twice a day.
- Reading, Writing, Coloring
- Storytelling. We visit Walls of Books on Wednesday morning for story time in addition to our daily story time.
- Music & Singing Lessons
- Playtime: obstacle course, musical chairs, Simon Says, and tons of other games.
- Rest time for younger campers. Older students read books or enjoy quiet activities during rest time.
- Week ends with a Field Trip & Final Recital.
- Recitals (the last day of every session). Students will prepare a short performance to demonstrate the dance styles that they have been learning.
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THE EDUCATORS & DANCE INSTRUCTORS:
All of our 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.
SESSION THEMES & FOCUS:
SESSION 1 (JUNE 18 – JUNE 29). SESSION THEME: SUPER STARS – During learning and dance sessions students will focus on learning how to help each other, friends, family and their community just like the Super Stars that they want to be. During the session the kids will be working as a team with their instructors to design the Final Recital according to the Session’s theme. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Jazz & Latin.
SESSION 2 (JULY 2 – JULY 13. ***No camp on Wednesday, July 4th***). SESSION THEME: THE REAL WORLD – WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE? –
During this session students will focus on learning and re-enacting different “real-world” professions. They will be learning about why each profession is important and it matters to the community we live in. During the session the kids will be working as a team with their instructors to design the Final Recital according to the Session’s theme. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Ballet & Jazz Funk.
SESSION 3 (JULY 16 – JULY 27). SESSION THEME: JUNGLE BEATS – During this session, students will use their imagination to visit different parts of the World where they will learn about wild animals through stories, dance, games, music, arts & crafts. During the session the kids will be working as a team with their instructors to design the Final Recital according to the Session’s theme. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Modern & Ballet.
SESSION 4 (JULY 30 – AUGUST 10). SESSION THEME: THEATER & IMAGINATION – During this session, students will learn about role playing and acting. Prompted to use their imagination, students will participate in activities like space exploration, cooking workshop, growing a plant, arts & crafts. Campers will create their own theater decor and theater play for the Final Recital. DANCE STYLE FOCUS OF THE SESSION: Modern & Tap.
1-WEEK SESSION 5 (AUGUST 13 – 17). SESSION THEME: 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 & Latin.
SESSION DATES, PRICING & ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
MORNING DROP OFF 8:15AM – 8:45AM
PLEASE NOTE: SESSIONS 4 & 5 ARE FULL! If you’d like to be placed on the waiting list please send us an email.
HOW TO ENROLL – 2 EASY STEPS?
Step 1: Fill out and sign ALL FOUR registration forms.
FORM 1: PHOTO RELEASE FORM. Click here to fill out and submit.
FORM 2 (one form per every child you are registering): MEDICAL AUTHORIZATION FORM. Click here to fill out and submit.
FORM 3 (one form per every child you are registering): REGISTRATION & PAYMENT FORM. Click here to fill out and submit.
FORM 4: WAIVER AND RELEASE. Click here to fill out and submit..
Step 2: Receive an email receipt for your payment and enrollment confirmation.
WHAT PRE-PAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT? HOW TO ENROLL FOR RANDOM WEEKS?
- What we recommend:
For your child to get a complete learning experience with our camp, we strongly recommend that you sign up at least for one full session. This is also the cheapest enrollment option.
- What If you want to enroll for random weeks?
If you are attending random weeks (not full sessions), you would be selecting the week(s) you want to attend on your registration form and paying at “Half Session – 1 week” rate. Make sure you factor in the type of enrollment you want (extended day or short day).
- What payment is required to enroll? How to reserve your spot for more than one week or more than one session?
IF YOU ARE ATTENDING ONE OR RANDOM WEEKS: Full pre payment is required for at least your first week. If you want to reserve your spot for following week(s)/sessions, please be sure to select them on your registration form. An $80 non-refundable deposit is required for each additional week/session you want to reserve after your first week/session. Please keep in mind we can only hold a spot no later than 10 business days before each reserved week begins. Full payment for each additional week must be made at least 10 business days before that week begins.IF YOU ARE ATTENDING AT LEAST ONE FULL SESSION: Full payment is required for your first full session (two weeks) if you are attending at least one full session. If you want to reserve your spot for following week(s)/sessions, please be sure to select them on your registration form. An $80 non-refundable deposit is required for each additional week you want to reserve after your first week/session. Please keep in mind we can only hold a spot no later than 10 business days before each reserved week begins. Full payment for each additional week must be made at least 10 business days before that week begins.
- What if you need to switch weeks or cancel?
Switching reserved weeks depends on availability. If you decide to cancel enrollment, only 70% of your payment will be refunded with at least 2 weeks notice. The $80 deposit(s) that you paid to reserve more than one week(s)/session(s) is(are) not refundable.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP:
- Extra set of clothes and underwear.
- Packed lunch and extra snack/drinks in a clearly labeled bag. No perishable items and no peanuts & blueberries please.
- Ballet slippers and/or tap shoes if you are signed for a session that has a Tap dance focus.
- Favorite blanket (if the child naps or will be part of rest time)
- Favorite toy (for younger kids)
- Kids come dressed in their bathing suit and water shoes for spray day. Change of clothes must be provided in their backpack.
WHAT FOOD IS PROVIDED:
Breakfast and afternoon snack are provided. Parents bring lunch and additional snack in a clearly labeled lunch bag. No perishable items and no peanuts & blueberries please.
TENTATIVE DAILY SCHEDULE:
DOORS OPEN AT 8:15AM
8:30 – 8:45 AM DROP OFF, MEET & GREET
9:00 – 9:30 AM BREAKFAST
9:30 – 10:00 AM CIRCLE TIME. Teachers and students discuss today’s planned activities.
10:00 – 11:30 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 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 ratio 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, 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, 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. 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.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SUMMER CAMP 2017
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