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Dance at Camp

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

A lot is made of sports at summer camp, but most summer camps also offer many programs in the arts. Dance is one such program that is becoming increasingly popular among both boys and girls. Like the many sports available to try, summer camp dance programs give campers the opportunity to experiment with several different dance styles. Aside from the traditional jazz, instruction is often available in contemporary, modern, hip hop, and ballet. In addition to offering instruction in multiple styles of dance, many camps also form competitive dance teams that, like sports teams, travel to other camps to compete in dance competitions throughout the summer. Even if campers aren’t quite ready to audition for So You Think You Can Dance, being a member of a camp dance team is still well within reach.

Because summer camp staff work hard to make their camps a safe environment for children to feel encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and try new things, more emphasis is placed on interest than ability. Many camps create teams for beginners as well as the more experienced. Summer camp dance teams are also the reason many campers find their camp dance programs a great way to pursue a non sports related interest yet still be competitive. Another reason that summer camp dance programs have become so popular is that they provide an outlet to still be physically active in a creative environment. Summer camp is about letting go and not being afraid to act a little bit silly. Dance provides the same disciplinary and physical training as traditional sports yet also gives campers the opportunity to express themselves and sometimes even be a tad goofy through artistic choreography. Dance instruction is often provided by trained dance instructors or college students who compete on their university dance team or are pursuing a career in the field of dance. The availability of instruction in popular forms of dance such as hip hop has also driven the popularity of dance. Dance is also versatile. Even though not every camper has a desire to be competitive in dance, campers enjoy learning new moves in dance class and then using them to choreograph bunk or cabin dance numbers for camp shows or talent contests. They also like showing off their moves on the dance floor during camp dances. Having the opportunity to practice new dance moves in an open, accepting environment such as summer camp gives campers the confidence to continue learning, practicing, and trying what they’ve learned at home.

Starlight Dance Competition

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

On Wednesday July 20th, Camp Starlight was very proud to once again hold its’ annual invitational dance competition.  Over the years the reputation of our event has grown and grown, proven by the fact we had 10 different camps participating and over 300 dancers took part.  This year’s competition was organized by our new Head of Dance, Michaela.

We are very lucky to have the fantastic outdoor pavilion to hold the competition.  Overlooking the lake, we were able to take advantage of the light breeze coming in off the water and what an amazing backdrop!  There were over 30 dance numbers with styles including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, musical theater and cheer.  The spirit, not just from Starlight, but all of our guests was amazing, and all participants brought their fiercest moves.

Starlight did well in the competition rankings with a platinum award given to Brooke P and a gold award received by Evann S for their solos.  Mentions must all go out to our gold award team members who performed the following numbers:


“Club can’t handle me”,

“How it ends”,

“Run the world”,

“She created a monster”, and

“Hot wings”.

Here’s looking to a repeat performance next year!