Summer Camps: By Kids-For Kids in Denver Colorado!

SUMMER CAMPSDance Exploration has always offered a fun variety of classes for our students in our after school program and summer time isn’t much different! For parents, there are always so many choices when it comes to summer programming and picking the right choice for you and your kids! How do you know what is best?

Here are some tips for picking the best summer camp for your family!

Fun for all Ages!

Make sure the programs you enroll your child or children in offers a little bit of something for everyone! Here at Dance Exploration we offer Summer Camps for preschool and elementary aged children alike! This way big brother or sister aren’t left out while baby sister gets to enjoy a magical summer dancing experience! For preschool aged children (ages 3-7), Dance Exploration creates a magical and imagination filled adventure with our Fairy Tale Princess Summer Camps and Super Hero Summer Camps! Complete with dancing, arts, crafts, obstacle courses and more, this three hour long dance adventures keep their imaginations peaked and their bodies moving! At the same time, our Elementary Aged (5+) Hip Hop and Cheerleading Camps allow for a physically challenging and creatively fun camp for older kids to enjoy!

Engaging Curriculum!

Find a program that has been proven to entertain and create lasting memories! Anyone can conduct a Summer Dance Camp, but at Dance Exploration we take it one step further! Take a look for yourself:

Fairy Tale Princess Camps- The Only Princess Camps in Denver where you can meet your own Princess!

FAIRY TALE DANCE CAMPSOnce upon a time, there was a group of dancing princesses. They danced in the morning, made beautiful crafts, twirled and spun in the prettiest dresses around, met other princesses just like them and some princes too! So many adventures they went on each day: they met a fairy Godmother who gave them princess crowns and glass slippers! They cast fairy spells for newborn princesses to protect her from evil. They had snowball fights with a hideous beast. They swam under the sea with the Little Mermaid. They kissed some frogs and built snowmen too! By the end of it all was a little rest and relaxation with a Princess Tea Party! Tea, muffins, cookies and cakes all served by a beautiful real-life princess!  The Princesses all gathered by the Princess Castle to talk about what being a princess is all about! Learn more about our Fairy Tale Princess Summer Camps

Super Hero Camps- Calling all Super Heroes on a Secret Mission to defeat Evil through Dance and Movement!

SUPER HERO CAMPSThe Super Heroes gathered to train in strength, balance and agility exercises to ensure the defeat of the evil villains that lurked to destroy their beloved city! Buildings, kryptonite and atomic threats were no match for the super heroes who jumped, kicked and spun their way to defeating the villains. They created flying disks, capes and other weapons and built tools to help them succeed. When they completed their victories they celebrated with a Super Hero Party! All in a days work! Learn more about our Super Hero Summer Camps

Hip Hop Summer Camps- By Kids – For Kids!

HIP HOP SLIDE SHOWFor boys and girls, Hip Hop Camps will teach children all details of the Urban street styles of Hip Hop dancing from break dancing, popping, locking, and free style. If you’re frequently captivated by the dancers on hit TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew, then Hip Hop Summer Camps are right for you!  What makes our Hip Hop camps unique? Our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum allows for dancers to provide input on their learning and creative process! Most dance classes are set up for the instructor to lead the class without input from students, with our Curriculum students’ are allowed to provide input and create in teams or individually. The end of the camps will include a performance for family and friends to witness all that the campers have learned. Learn more about our Hip Hop Summer Camps

Cheerleading Summer Camps- By Kids – For Kids!

CHEER SLIDE SHOWFocused on Team Work, Team Spirit and and Cheering for the Win, Dance Exploration’s Summer Cheerleading Camps are the perfect option for girls and boys who want to learn how to cheer, chant, stunt and  flip like the cheerleaders on their favorite sport teams! What makes our Cheerleading camps unique? Our ‘Dance to Learn!’™ Curriculum allows for dancers to provide input on their learning and creative process! Most dance classes are set up for the instructor to lead the class without input from students, with our Curriculum students’ are allowed to provide input and create in teams or individually. For example, our cheerleaders may be asked to write their own cheers and then will be given the chance to create choreography to coincide with this cheers! The end of the camps will include a performance for family and friends to witness all that the campers have learned. Learn more about our Cheerleading Summer Camps!

“D-A-N-C-E! Dance Exploration is where you wanna be! Where everybody has the chance, to Dance to Learn and learn to dance!”

Locations!

Find a camp program that offers services in multiple locations!

Dance Exploration, LLC’s Summer Camps for Kids are located at multiple locations in Colorado including:

Denver
Lone Tree
Aurora
Castle Rock

For more on our Summer Camps or to enroll, visit our website!

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Kids Hip Hop 101

Written by Jessica Clayton

Hip Hop has been a very popular dance style in the past few years thanks to shows such as America’s Best Dance Crew and So You Think You Can Dance. As a ballet dancer, Hip Hop has always been a foreign style to the classical lines that I have been taught my entire career. So you can imagine the sheer terror when I’ve had to sub a hip hop class or…gulp…teach a full session.

How do you make it work? Here are a couple tips and tricks to help you in the process.

Step 1:
Start your class with fun easy warm ups that include cardio (Jumping Jacks, Grape Vines, Jump Rope etc), stretching, and Isolations (moving one body part at a time).

Step 2: Teach simple basic Hip Hop Steps.
If you aren’t sure what the basics are, I would suggest taking a hip hop workshop in your area.
Some basics include: Kick Ball Changes, Rock Steps, Crip Walks, and more.

Step 3: Once the students have a general understanding of the basics you can expand on those. As Jeff in the video shows, you can change your rocks stops going to the front, back, or catching a wave like a surfer. Then expanding the move even more to be performed on one foot!

Step 4: Teach fun old school moves! Kids will love learning all the dance moves you did as a child! Coffee Grinders, Robot, etc. You can even start creating your own hip hop moves. A made up hip hop move the kids always love is called stir the soup! That’s where you put your hands above your head in two fists, circle them around your head, shimmy to the floor and jump up and do it again. Watch the video closely, you’ll see it performed in their dance!

Step 5: Don’t be afraid to challenge your students. Each week try a more advanced dance move. Maybe it’s togher isolations, popping, or a more advanced break dance move.

Step 6: At the end be sure to put all that they learned together in a fun dancing combo!

Enjoy the video!

Don’t forget to join us for our next dance teacher training coming up on 1/6/2012. We will be focusing on Ballroom Funk: Creating a Fun Child Friendly Ballroom Class!

http://dancexploration.co/Dance_Teacher_Trainings.html

Creating Holiday Magic through Dance

Author: Jessica Clayton

Dance Exploration has a goal to create educational dance experiences at every turn! One of our most exciting and busiest times of year is around the holidays! We want to carry our “Dance to Learn” curriculum year round and make it available to all children! We do this by offering two extremely popular interactive holiday extravaganzas! The Nutcracker Sweet and the Reindeer Hop! This is quick look inside these magical adventures!

Nutcracker Sweet
The Nutcracker Sweet explores the Nutcracker as written by E.T.A Hoffman’s the Nutcracker and the Mouse King! Children will be taken through the adventure with Marie, (also known as Clara), and Drosselmeyer to experience the Nutcracker and his adventures with the Mouse King.

What makes this workshop magical is allowing the children the opportunity to explore this magical adventure first hand! Too many times we’ve all been to the staging of the Nutcracker to watch Clara on her travels with her Prince, and for most of us, wishing we could be part of it all. The Nutcracker Sweet makes this possible!

Children will battle each other as mice and soldiers during the epic battle of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King! Mouse Jumps, marches, kicks, scurries, are just some of the dance moves to be explored!

The most important part of the Nutcracker of course is the Land of the Sweets! Children will experience what Clara did as she entered this magical kingdom! They will learn dances from China, Arabia, Russia, and France! The adventure is topped off with a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Nutcracker Sweet
Ages 3-7
12/17/2012
10:00 am to 11:30
Washington Street Community Center
Enroll Online:

Host this workshop as a Drop N’ Shop at your retail establishment
Host this workshop at your school
Email Kylee at outreach@dancexploration.com to schedule!

Reindeer Hop

The Reindeer Hop is for older children in Elementary, Middle and High Schools. This workshop is more so based on Hip Hop and Musical Theater Style dancing rather than that of the Ballet Nutcracker Sweet for the preschoolers. This workshop allows children to get creative with their dancing! A short intro to dance styles and moves that can be used to create their masterpieces kicks off the workshop.

After learning the basics the children are let loose to create their own holiday dance greeting for thier parents when they return! Children are given a fun Holiday song to choose from and are helped and encouraged artistically to create a Holiday Dancer Card that is special, creative and fun! The great thing about the Reindeer Hop is it can be personalized for different holiday beliefs!

Host this workshop at your Retail Establishment
Host this workshop at your school
Email Kylee at outreach@dancexploration.com