There's still snow on the ground, but perhaps it is time to start thinking about summer activities for your dancer. Thinking of checking out a summer dance camp but have never tried one before? This would absolutely be a great idea for you, if you or your child have been dancing for a while and you’d like to take the next step to improve your technique and get into even better shape. Or, just have some fun with your dance friends and make new ones.
Here’s where to start:
If staying in Anchorage is your best option, consider trying Alaska Dance Theater’s Summer Intensive and Summer Classes. https://www.alaskadancetheatre.org/
The Summer Intensive will be May 26-June 12. Open to students Ballet Level 3 and up, it runs from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (preliminary schedule) and allows students to really push themselves to a greater level. This intensive will have guest instructors from the Eugene Ballet, Mark and Danielle to provide some new input and guidance.
Following that, ADT’s Summer Dance Classes run from June 22nd – July 30th. Ages 3 and up. Registration for this opens March 2nd.
If you’d like to travel a little farther afield, why not check out The Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Festival (ages 12 and up) July 12-26th. https://www.fsaf.org/
This 2-week intensive offers classes in Hip Hop, Modern/Jazz, Jazz/Funk, Ballet, Injury Prevention, Polynesian Dance, West African, Cuban and Ballroom. Housing can be arranged on campus at UAF. The Festival cumulates with a dance performance at the end of the 2 weeks.
Another exciting option would be to attend the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. https://www.fineartscamp.org/high-school-camp.html This camp is not as specialized as the dance tract at other camps, but does include an exciting mix or music, dance, theater and visual arts. There are 3 different camps catering to different age groups. The Elementary camp is for grades 1-8 June 8-12. The Middle School camp is for grades 7-9, June 14-27th; and, the High School camp is grades 10-12, June 28-July 12th.
If the summer camp experience is not for you, but you still want to up your game to the next level, you might consider taking private lessons. It’s a great way to push yourself and get great individualized attention geared just for you.
Whatever option you choose, summer is a wonderful time to focus on being the best dancer you can be, don’t let this opportunity go to waste! Please don't hesitate to ask ADT instructors for guidance and advice.