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SCVTHS to Hold Summer Dance Programs

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Dance Department at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School will be holding two programs during the upcoming summer break.  The International Dance Camp and the Tap Camp will be for students ages 10 and up.  Both programs are held in the air conditioned studios of Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.

The International Dance Camp will run from July 10-13, exploring multi-cultural dance forms and is offered to dancers of all levels.  The cost of this four day camp is $285.

The Tap Camp will run from August 14-18, exploring Broadway, rhythm and kick line tap styles through technique and combination classes.  The students will work on defining rhythm and clarity of sound.  Dancers will also learn about the history of tap dance and its most notable performers as well as learn the classic “Shim Sham Shimmy.”  Experience in tap is necessary.  The cost of this five day camp is $325.

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This year, former SCVTHS student and current Rockette Katelyn Gaffney will be assisting in teaching the Tap Camp.  Katelyn started professionally working at the age of nine performing in several commercials and touring in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  She studied dance with Joffrey Ballet, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Center for Dance Education, and at The Gifted and Talented Dance Program at Somerset County Vocational High School.  With Radio City, Katelyn has performed for the Tony Awards, Presidential Inaugurations, America's Got Talent, and many more. Truly passionate about dance, Katelyn is going on her eighth season as a Radio City Rockette.

Also teaching this summer is SCVTHS alumnus Liz Carroll.  Liz is a professional tap dancer working in the New York/New Jersey area who has studied rhythm tap since she was fifteen years old.  She began working with Ms. Deborah Mitchell as a member of NJTAP's pre-professional youth ensemble.  After three years with the second company, she was invited to join the professional company with which she's performed at the Duke on 42nd St., the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Rutgers University, Ocean County College, and SOPAC, among others.  She has travelled to learn from today's top performers at tap festivals across the country, studied with Cartier Williams in Cartier Williams Dance Theatre, performed in venues such as Macy's Herald Square, the NJPAC, the Faison Firehouse in Harlem, Newark Symphony Hall, and Montclair's "Dance on the Lawn."  Liz has taught and performed internationally at Hot Taps, SCVTHS Tap Intensive, and the Tap Dance Festival UK. In pursuing her career in the tap dancing community, she has interned with the DC Tap Fest and the Tap Dance Festival UK. Currently, Liz is a student at Pace University.

For more information and to register, please contact Maureen Glennon at (908) 526 – 8900 x7175 or mglennon@scvts.net.

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