The Valley’s summer camp scene features all kinds of dance options for preschoolers through teens–including week- or month-long programs as well as daily drop-in classes in everything from classical ballet to musical theater.
The School of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix has partnered with Southwest Classical Dance Institute to present master classes for intermediate and advanced students, including a summer session with Rudolf Kharatian and Marat Daukeyev June 28-July 3.
Ballet Arizona also presents a summer intensive program that includes three- and four-week options. Students begin each day with a ballet class—and also study pointe, variations, modern, character, jazz, flamenco and Pilates.
Students in levels I-VII benefit from “added dance curriculum and immersion in week-long music and movement programs which feature an informal showcase of choreography.”
The School of Ballet Arizona program begins June 1. Details at www.balletaz.org.
Dance Theater West in Phoenix offers three summer dance options, including “A Summer Nutcracker” for ages 11 through teens with two years minimum experience in ballet (June 1-4). Training includes “classical ballet, partnering and optional pointe.”
They’ll present three musical theater workshops featuring ballet, modern, jazz, acting, singing and sign language for ages 10 through teens. Themes include “High School Musical” (June 7-11), “Billy Elliott” (June 14-18) and “Alice in Wonderland” (June 21-25).
Dance Theater West also offers “Summerdance for Kids” for ages, including “Little Kids on Broadway” (June 1-4) with an afternoon option to participate in “A Summer Nutcracker” and “Little Kids on Broadway” with “arts & playtime” (June 21-25). Details at www.dancetheaterwest.com.
Phoenix Theatre presents “Summer of Dance” June 1-July 31—which features classes in musical theatre, Fosse, tap (2 levels), hip hop, yoga and turns/leaps. Students in the musical theatre class will explore “a new genre of musical theatre” every week, and students in the Fosse class will learn routines from the most famous Bob Fosse musicals.
The program offers several options, including a $10/class drop-in rate, a 5-pack of classes for $40 and a $125 pass for students who want the freedom to attend as many dance classes as they like each week. Classes meet various dates and times.
Phoenix Theatre also offers summer master classes for ages 16 and up—which cost just $25 each. Topics include the psychology of auditioning and a physical approach to acting, as well as two classes focused on improvisation and two classes focused on Shakespeare. Details at www.phoenixtheatre.com.
Jeanne’s School of Dance in Mesa presents “Jeanne’s Summer Dance Camp Extravaganza
2010” July 26-30 featuring “all the different styles of dance Jeanne’s has to offer”–which include ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, lyrical and pom/cheer.
The school, which holds classes in four locations (Mesa, East Mesa, Chandler and Queen Creek), also offers a ballet summer intensive program for two 4-week sessions (June 1-24 and June 28-July 22). This program is for “serious ballet students” (usually nine or older) and includes training in ballet/pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, dance theory and Pilates
Jeanne’s “Early Bird Special” for the summer intensive is offered through June 1. Details at www.jeannesdance.net.
Plumb Performing Arts Center in Scottsdale offers a summer program with weekly options June 21-July 8. The center will feature classes for various ages/abilities in five different studios. Classes offer full day (9am-3pm) and half day options (with morning session/afternoon session options for the preschool set).
Classes for preschoolers include tap/ballet, tumbling/jazz, ballet arts/craft and ballet story time. Classes for ages 9-12 include stretch condition/ballet barre, ballet center/leaps/jumps, tap, contemporary, choreography, hip hop and more. Details at www.plumbpac.com.
Consider dance camps and classes as you’re reviewing summer options with your child.
Dance has much to offer your child’s world, and your child has much to offer the world of dance.
Note: For a comprehensive directory of summer programs for youth, consult “Summer Solutions” from Raising Arizona Kids magazine—which features hundreds of options compiled with care by our remarkable calendar & directories editor Mala Blomquist.
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Today’s tidbit: Phoenix Theatre’s Greasepaint Youtheatre presents “Greasepaint’s Season Spotlight”–a celebration of all their performers and volunteers featuring entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, awards and more–tonight at Greasepaint in Scottsdale. Information on this fundraiser/performance is available on the Phoenix Theatre website.