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Unsure as to what camps to send your kids to this summer? I highly recommend Dancenter North‘s summer dance classes and camps. Why? Read on to find out my top ten reasons and more about the complete summer lineup.
- There is NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.
- Classes are coed.
- There are many different options for kids ages three through fifth grade.
- They’re a great way to try out various kinds of dance without a full semester commitment.
- Classes are not solely dance; students also play games (and, in some, do crafts).
- Length of classes fits the age group.
- The instructors are high energy, positive, and knowledgeable.
- Camps do not require specialized dance gear—just comfy clothing (a few classes do have a dress code).
- Many of the classes/camps have an informal performance at the completion.
- There’s a Starbucks right next to the studio.
Want to learn more, let’s start small…
Storybook Ballet – 3 and 4 year olds
(ages are split into two different classes)
June 11 – July 27 (no classes July 2 – July 8), one day a week (various days and times)
Taught by a certified dance instructor, these classes are a fairy tale of fun! Students will learn about the characters, music, and movement for three classical ballets: Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Swan Lake. This class is designed for this wiggly age group and will keep them busy and entertained. Boys are encouraged to join in the fun as well. Fancy costumes are provided (both dresses and princely ones—anyone can wear whichever they prefer). Storybook Ballet is a great way to see if your little one is interested in dance class. This is an independent class, so you are welcome to hang out (there is seating in the hallway), or get some errands done. (Coffee alert: there is a Starbucks right next to the studio.) The three-year-old class is 45 minutes; the four-year-old class is one hour long. Dress code: Girls: a light pink leotard, light pink tights, and ballet shoes. Boys: white t-shirt, black pants or shorts, and black or white ballet shoes.
Double Scoop: Pre-Ballet & Pre-Tap Combo – 4 year olds
June 11 – July 27 (no classes July 2 – July 8), Mondays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Your little one gets to learn both ballet and tap in this fun class. Dress code: Girls: a light pink leotard, light pink tights, and ballet shoes. Boys: white t-shirt, black pants or shorts, and black or white ballet shoes.
Rising Stars Dance Camp – 4 and 5 year olds
June 11 – July 27 (no classes July 2 – July 8), Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
A nice transition between the younger classes and the camp. Students will learn jazz, hip-hop, and creative dance. They will also play camp games and do some fun crafts. There will be a performance at the end of the summer session. Dress is comfortable clothing.
Trio of Dance – Children entering and exiting kindergarten
June 11 – July 27 (no classes July 2 – July 8), Mondays 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. or Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Students get a taste of three different kinds of dance: tap, ballet, and creative dance. Although they are doing various styles, no special shoes or outfit is needed—comfortable clothing is just fine (although they are welcome to bring tap and ballet shoes if they have them). My daughter tried this class last summer and loved it. The instructors make this fun for this age group, breaking up the dance with games. This class is also taught by a certified dance instructor.
Triple Threat – Children entering and exiting kindergarten
June 11 – July 27 (no classes July 2 – July 8), Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
In this broadway-based class, students sing, act, and dance. (Note: if you’re child enjoys this class, Dancenter North offers broadway dance and broadway singing during the school year.) Students will perform a Broadway number at the end of the summer session. Dress code: Comfortable clothing and shoes.
Summer Dance Camps
June 11 – July 27, camps are one week long
Dance camps are for boys and girls entering first through fifth grade. The camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with an informal performance Friday afternoon for parents. I absolutely adore this camp. Kids learn six styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and broadway as well as a surprise style each week. They do a short performance of each of these styles on Friday—I was absolutely amazed at what they accomplished in just a week, especially because they aren’t dancing nonstop; they also play games, do projects, and walk to Cook Park in downtown Libertyville for lunch. On Thursdays they also do water play outside, and on Fridays they have a pizza party. Students should bring a sack lunch and water (you may also want to apply sunblock as they will be outside for lunch).
Each year Dancenter North has a new theme. This year’s theme is Disney Dance Day, and each week has something different going on. What’s also great about the camps is that NO DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY as well as NO SPECIAL DANCE SHOWS OR DANCE CLOTHING ARE NEEDED (fee for the class includes a summer camp shirt to be worn the rest of the week). This is a great opportunity to try out a bunch of different dance styles without a semester commitment to a dance class.
To register for classes and camps: click here, register at Dancenter North, or call 847-367-7970.
What summer class or camp has your child enjoyed at Dancenter North?
Disclosure: Dancenter North is a Little Lake County advertising partner. This story is part of their partnership. All thoughts and opinions belong to the writer.