CHATHAM, NJ – Registration for five Inner Grace Dance summer camp sessions - ages three through 13 – is now open.
Beginning in June and running through July, Inner Grace Dance, located on Main Street in Chatham, will offer camps that include Dance Combo, Broadway Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical.
Theme days such as “International Day,” “Beach Day” and “Princess Day” make every day a fun experience for pre-school children attending Inner Grace Dance Camps.
“We normally dance for a little over an hour,” Inner Grace Dance owner and instructor Connie Jesse said. “The dancing is related to the theme. For International Day we do dances from around the world. On Beach Day we pretend we are at the beach and dance to beach music. On Princess Day we dress like princesses and work on posture and do ballet.
“On Wacky Wednesday we do all kinds of funny dances etc. We then go to playground for lunch come back and do a craft-related to theme and finish day by playing some dance games.
For older girls, Broadway Jazz camp focuses on learning a number from a Broadway Show while making the costumes and scenery for that number.
“The Broadway jazz camp is new this year,” Jesse said. “We will focus on learning a number from a Broadway show and the craft will revolve around making scenery and costumes for that number.
“Camp is such a great time of the year at our studio. The kids start the week shy and by the end of the week they are moving their bodies freely, using their imaginations and in some cases initiating and suggesting new moves.”
No matter what kind of technique is being taught, Inner Grace Dance makes sure it is a fun experience for the dancers.
“The camp curriculum focuses more on dancing for fun than on dance technique,” Jesse said. “While we are giving campers some technique pointers, we are mostly just pointing them in a dance direction and letting them explore it on their own. This alleviates all pressure and campers just experience the joy of dancing
Games for pre-school are usually based on improvisational dance techniques. Kids will get to make up their own dances and explore how to move their bodies in all different kinds of dance genres.
“For the older girls, we follow the same format except we dance for an hour and a half and focus on one or two types of dance,” Jesse said. “The Broadway jazz camp is new this year.”
There are five sessions of Dance Camp at Inner Grace Dance:
Session I: June 16-20 - Dance Combo – Ages 3-5
Session II: June 23-27 – Dance Combo – Ages 4-6
Session III: July 7-11 – Broadway Jazz Camp – Ages 7-10
Session IV: July 14-18 – Hip Hop/Lyrical – Ages 7-10
Session V: July 21-25 Hip Hop/Acro/Lyrical – Ages 10-13
“The time goes by quickly at camp because everyone is having so much fun!”
Sessions run Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - $250 per session.
Call Connie Jesse at 201-274-6660 for more information and registration.
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