Stretch those limbs and lace those shoes because Ballet Arkansas is offering summer camps for ages 4 through 21. There will be four dance camps offered along with Ballet Arkansas’ popular education programs for children and adults.
“Ballet Arkansas summer dance training programs provide the perfect environment to begin a relationship with the art of dance or take your dance training to the next level,” says associate artistic director, Catherine Fothergill.
Story Time Dance Camp will be offered to children ages 4 through 6 for June 13 through 17. Students will enter a fairy tale world as they learn the art of storytelling through dance. The students will reenact sequences from The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and The Firebird.
Junior Intensive is available for children ages 7 through 9 for a week of dance classes and outdoor activities taught by the dancers and staff of Ballet Arkansas. For the week of June 20 through 24, the young dancers perfect their dance technique, learn choreography in various styles of dance and make new friends. The camp will conclude with a choreographed showcase for friends and family.
Summer Intensive Boot Camp (One Week) is a week-long intensive training program taking place June 20 through 24 taught by the dancers and staff of Ballet Arkansas. The program suggests that dancers with three to five years of experience should enroll to perfect their technique and artistry and receive personalized attention at the semi-professional level. Classes will be offered in ballet, pointe and men’s technique, classical and contemporary variations, conditions and contemporary dance. This camp can be used as a multidisciplinary stand-alone program or as a great step to prepare for the two-week Summer Intensive.
The Summer Intensive (Two Week) provides students ages 10 through 21 with opportunities to train in multiple disciplines at the highest level with a professional faculty of dancers and staff of Ballet Arkansas and an internationally celebrated guest faculty. This camp will take place July 25 through August 6, and classes will be offered in ballet, pointe and men’s technique, classical and contemporary variations, conditioning, contemporary, pilates/yoga, choreography, nutrition, stage makeup, acting, dance history, costuming and production. These two weeks are designed to hone the skills of the intermediate and advanced dancers and Ballet Arkansas recommends that dancers have a minimum of three to five years of experience to enroll.
Adults of all ages and abilities may participate in adult ballet classes throughout the summer months. Students will train with seasoned faculty to gain experience and fine-tune techniques. Dates for these classes will be announced soon on the Ballet Arkansas website.
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