“Dance serves all the ends of individual growth; it helps to develop the body; it stimulates the imagination and challenges the intellect; it helps to cultivate an appreciation for beauty; and it deepens and refines the emotional nature." - Margaret H'Doubler
Let your child dance through summer! DANZA, Center for the Arts, offers week long summer camps for little artists ages 4-12.
DANZA Children's Program
DANZA's Children's Program is offered year-round to students ranging from ages 3-15. The Children's Program requires a placement class, and a year long commitment. DANZA follows a graded syllabus under the renowned ABT curriculum. Students are assigned a level and schedule and advancement to each continuous level is decided by school director with evaluation in class throughout the year.
The program includes:
At DANZA, classical ballet, the foundation of all dances, is the focal point. Through formal training, students will learn classroom structure and etiquette, combine correct technique and artistry, proper and safe progressions of movement while concurrently attaining self-confidence, discipline, and the connection between outer and inner strength.
Ballet is introduced to our youngest of dancers by using props, video clips, books, and music, in which the students explore movement and storytelling. Students are taught to connect imagery with movement and begin to develop coordination and listening skills. Classes will stress the joys of movement, music, and imagination!
Creative movement, preparation for the formal setting of a ballet class, familiarizes children with movement, music, space, and class interaction...but to them, it is purely fun and glee! Take turns leading, following, and dancing with partners and groups. Students will be cheered on by their teacher to explore their most imaginative selves paving the way for self-expression and creativity.
Students will explore floor patterns, space, directions, levels, the relationship between music and movement, and begin the journey of understanding how to use the primary tool of dance---their bodies! They will create dance sequences on their own and with their peers. This class will perform periodically at community events. Through creating and performing, they will learn how works of art are produced; and how images, sounds, and movement convey stories. By invitation. Must be enrolled in technique class.
Stretch & Conditioning
To really fulfill dancer status, students need more than technique class. Stretch and Strength is arranged for growing bodies to gain maximum flexibility, core stability, and muscular strength. As a result, dance classes will become easier, enabling students to advance in their abilities. Plus, learn stretches and conditioning exercises you can do in your very own home! Ages 10+
Pointe shoes - the magical moment when students experience another part of the dance world, an extension of their ballet training, adding to the aesthetic of their dancing. Students learn how to shop for, sew, care, and break-in shoes. Not only do the feet and ankles need to be strong enough, but alignment, turnout, back and abdominal muscles must also be in order to stand on pointe correctly without the risk of injury. Students will be individually evaluated with qualification upon approval of school director only. Ages 12+
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum
DANZA, Center for the Arts is the only dance school in Austin to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development.
The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels. The teaching methods of the National Training Curriculum incorporate elements of the French, Italian, and Russian schools.
At DANZA's Young Artist Camp, there's a place for every kind of endeavoring artist: dancer, choreographer, pastry maker, singer, actor! From June through August, DANZA offers week-long camps for young dancers ages 4-12.
Each week has a specialized theme led by local and out of town teachers. Campers learn about choreography and depending on the week. They spend half the day dancing and the other half doing other activities that will all lead to a small presentation for the parents at the end of the week in which they will see what their little dancers have learned.
Explore a whole new world of creative arts in our very first week of 2019 summer camps! This camp focuses on Belly Dance led by a guest teacher. Fly in on your magic carpet for yoga classes as well!
"It's important to remember that we all have magic inside us" -JK Rowling, Our Harry Potter themed camp is all kinds of creative magic! Apparate into a world of dancing, choreographing, and even baking!
Alice in Wonderland
Join Danza for the adventure of a lifetime as we learn storytelling through music and dance! Enter our wonderland and become your favorite character from the classic, Alice in Wonderland.
Howdy! Calling all cowboys and cowgirls to our 3-day camp where campers will create their own interpretation of Toy Story through music and dance.
It's a circus- Campers will soar through the week dancing, choreographing, and baking. You can fly!
How far can you go with your love for Moana? Dance across the islands collecting fun memories and set sail on this sunny adventure with beach inspired crafts and songs.
The Lion King
It's a jungle in here! We are feeling the love at our Lion King camp- No worries here, just a whole lot of dancing... Hakuna Matata!
The Greatest Showman
This is the Greatest Camp! Our acrobatics-focused week will blend dance, gymnastics, and musical theatre for the Greatest Show at the end of the week.
The Wizard of Oz
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to our Wizard of Oz camp. Dance your way to the Emerald City and make new friends this summer with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, and Toto!
Carnival of the Animals
Lions, donkeys, kangaroos, and elephants! This is our ballet-focused week where we learn all about the humorous musical suite by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns.
Go to our Camp Guide for DANZA summer camp details and DANZA summer camp schedule.Register now
Register for DANZA summer camps now! Space is limited. Early-Bird pricing extend for Live Grow Play users through May 30th, 2019. Simply mention Live Grow Play Austin to get $15 off.
* Photo credit: Cecile Fusco Photography
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