SummerDance is a full-day summer dance camp experience for youth, ages 6 to 11. Serving 60 students for each of its two 2-week sessions, 100% of SummerDance students come from low-income communities and are offered participation at a reduced rate. Students are instructed in mixed level classes of ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, art, and life skills each day from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm by professional dancers and teachers. Each two-week session ends in a wonderful showing for parents and families showing the progress made by their little ones.

Camp Schedule 2017

Session I: July 3 to 14, ages 6 to 8 (no camp July 4)

Session II: July 17 to 28, ages 9 to 11

Daily Schedule

8:00 to 8:25 am
Arrive at designated drop-off location, gate at 631 S. Commonwealth Avenue. Teachers and aids walk students to the studios. Visual arts and crafts stations set up in the studios as youth arrive.

8:30 to 9:00 am
Morning warm up and affirmations/expectations.

9:05 to 9:50 am Rotation 1: Students rotate studios throughout the day taking classes in ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, art, and life skills. There is a 5-minute water/bathroom break between rotations.

9:55 to 10:40 am

Rotation 2

10:45 to 11:30 am

Rotation 3

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch/Free Play

12:35 to 1:20 pm
Rotation 4

1:25 to 2:05 pm
Rotation 5

2:10 to 3:00 pm
Rotation 6

3:05 to 3:25 pm
Cool down and end-of-day notes.

3:25 to 3:35 pm
Students exit for pick-up to the same gate as drop-off, 631 S. Commonwealth Avenue. Adults MUST sign out with director and teachers for pick-up.

*As parking in our neighborhood is metered, and usually hard to find, staff greet students in the safe pull-up zone in front of the 631 S. Commonwealth gate. Staff check-in students and walk them into camp from the gate. In the afternoon, students line up inside the gate where families can pull up and sign students out as they get into the car.

Frequently asked Questions

What should my child wear to camp?
Anything she or he feels comfortable moving in. Leggings, shorts, t-shirts, leotards, tights, skirts with leggings. They will need sneakers for the hip-hop class and free play time on the grass courtyard. The majority of the day they are barefoot and do not need ballet shoes unless they already have them.

What should I pack in their lunch or backpack?
A water bottle, and lots of fruit and protein snacks are great to pack. Quick snacks if they are really hungry on a break like raisins, almonds, or apple slices.

What if my child does not like dancing very much?
The students have three classes before lunch/free play. Two dance classes and art or life skills class. After lunch they also have two dance classes and art or life skills class. Most students handle the four dance classes a day with great success! We encourage all families with students who tire easily to stick it out for a few days. Some students need a few days to adjust to such a physically active schedule and end up loving it. We will allow students who are tired to take additional breaks.

What is the student/teacher ratio?
Students are split into three rotations throughout the day, and each group is led by one highly qualified Teaching Artist and at least one assistant. Each group will have a maximum of 20 students. The studios at the SummerDance location are in the same building as The Gabriella Foundation’s administrative headquarters; on an average camp day, the organization’s full leadership staff is working on-site.

Can I get a refund?
We do not allow refunds for camp. However, physical illness and family emergencies will be considered case by case.

Am I automatically enrolled in the everybody dance! school year program?
All students who complete SummerDance will have the opportunity to bypass the lottery system for enrollment in our annual after-school dance training season from September – June. We cannot guarantee a place in your top choice schedule, location, or dance form, but we promise to give you some excellent options!

In order to qualify for enrollment in the 10-month dance season, the child must complete SummerDance day camp in full and have at least one parent/guardian attend a Family Orientation that will be hosted in August. Registration will be open the first week of September and all details will be provided at the Family Orientations.

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