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Hip Hop Camps for Boys & Girls this Summer

Posted by Helen McCarthy on Jun 9, 2017 4:59:34 PM

Hip hop is a style that has been rapidly growing in popularity, and now competes with the leading dance styles. But what is hip hop? After learning a little about the rich history of this unique dance form, you might see the large impact that this piece of the the dance world has! Who knows, you might even think about enrolling you child in one of Dance to EvOLvE’s awesome Hip Hop Summer Camps in San Diego and Chicago!  

This relatively new American dance style debuted in the late 1960’s with the advent of hip hop music. The craze spread in the 70’s with the rise of professional street crews, who were not conventionally trained dancers. Complex rhythms of hip hop music combined with the down-to-earth style of traditional African dancing inspired the creation of many disdinct genres of the dance style, with the most prominent being breaking, locking, and popping. While all these techniques are different, they share their roots in street dancing and the improv style.

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Interestingly enough, hip hop styles evolved differently on the different coasts. The East Coast is said to be the real start start of hip hop, and best known for the style of breaking. In contrast, the West was later to adopt the style and better known for artists being more robotic with their movements. Something that both of these coasts had in common was the formal and informal competitions that kept this style of dance unique and thriving in the 1980’s. At these competitions dancers pushed themselves to their creative limit to show off their own personalized technique and tricks.

In the next decade hip hop started to break into the mainstream fad dances. Moves such as the running man, the worm, and the cabbage patch were very popular in the 90’s and coincided with revamped hip hop music culture. People who were not “hip hop dancers” started to learn these moves, and in doing so, propelled the status of the dance further into popular culture. 

Moving into the 21st century, the hip hop style remains in the forefront of the dance scene. As the style continues to evolve dancers are constantly upping the ante as hip hop has become a mainstay in popular culture. It has come a long way from its beginnings as a street style, as it is now practiced on stage and taught in many dance schools. Hip hop is a popular style of choice for performances and music videos for recording artists, and it is not hard to see why. Unlike some other more traditionally structured styles, hip hop allows dancers endless opportunities to explore fast paced, fun moves movement in his or her unique way.

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Now, after learning about the rich history of this unique dance style are you thinking that hip hop classes for boys and girls are something that your dancer might like? You’re in luck! At Dance to EvOLvE we love offering hip hop classes to our young dancers. And, we are even more excited to devote an entire week to the popular style this summer - the perfect way for your dancer to experience a taste of this awesome style! Our hip hop summer camps in San Diego and Chicago are loaded with fun games and activities in addition to, of course, our awesome dance classes! These are great for boys and girls of all ages, though enrollment does vary depending on which location you choose to attend. We can’t wait to share this dance style that has so much rich history to offer, and to see all the new moves that your dancer invents over the course of the week!

If you are new to the style of hip hop and not sure how to prepare you little one for a hip hop camp in San Diego or Chicago have no fear - it’s easy! Just make sure your dancer wears appropriate shoes (sneakers are great) and comfortable clothes (sweats and t-shirts are perfect!). All this and a healthy lunch and your dancer is ready for loads of high energy fun!

Already enrolled in another Dance to EvOLvE summer camp? Great! When you sign up for camps at different locations you get a 15% discount with the second camp!

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Summer Dance Class Themes with Dance to EvOLvE

Posted by Helen McCarthy on May 27, 2017 8:14:01 PM

Summer is fast approaching - crazy right!? With the kids home all day without school you are going to want activities that keep them active, involved, and social. Luckily, at Dance To EvOLvE we have been hard at work planning themed weeks to keep our our current kids dance classes fun and fresh this summer!

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What better way to kickstart the summer than to dance outside? The summer themes begin with Dance Outside Week, where dancers get to enjoy the beautiful weather that comes with the new season (or lack thereof at our San Diego locations). Teachers often choose to spend the games portion of class outside, or even teach their entire class in the fresh air! These activities will be in safe, shady areas, but be sure that your dancers bring plenty of water on this day so that they stay hydrated! 

The fun outdoors doesn't end there – get ready for anything and everything bubbles on Bubble Day! Teachers might add an under the sea mermaid twist to the theme or opt for a more whimsical take on the idea. During game time dancers will have an opportunity to venture outdoors to play with all types of bubbles. From large bubbles they can chase with friends to small bubble wands they can twirl around with, your little one will have many opportunities to find creative ways to incorporate bubbles into movement and dance.

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During Beach Week we bring the tropical mindset to the studio! Our San Diego students are already familiar with the sandy beaches by the ocean, so this is a fun way to incorperate their favorite summertime activities into dance class. Dancers at our Chicago locations will get to travel to more coastal shores without hopping on a plane. On beach days dancers get to dress in their favorite beach-going attire – a super fun way to switch up their normal dance class routine. Beach themed games will be set up during the allotted game time. Sure to be a blast! 

Families, you will get a chance to put on your dancing shoes and learn a few steps from your young dancer during Parents Get Involved Day! This class is all about being a part of the Dance To EvOLvE family, so you definitely do not want to miss out. You can look forward to some partner dancing with your little one, and they will love to show you what they have been learning in class. Older dancers will also have the opportunity to teach their families some new moves they learned – a super fun activity for all participants that is guaranteed to improve dance parties at home.

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Switch Up The Style Day is a great way to expose our students to different dance styles that they might not have learned before! For example, classes during this week could potentially incorporate some hip-hop moves into a ballet/tap class. Teachers might choose to change up small sections of the routines throughout the class or simply change the entire class to a different style. The possibilities are endless with this theme, and we can’t wait to see the unique ideas our teachers come up with!

The Dance to EvOLvE team is excited to experience the creativity and laughter that our themed summer classes bring – from enjoying the great outdoors, to fun with costumes and bubbles, to seeing YOU bust some moves on the dance floor! Be sure to keep your eye of for these special classes on the announcement page so that your dancer is a part of the fun!

If you are looking for other ways to keep your little one active this summer, look no further than our Dance To EvOLvE summer camps! We are hosting a wide range of themes and locations this summer that are a perfect way to creatively focus their energy, keep their minds active, and build friendships outside of school. Go check them out!

 

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Summer Break: Camp Time

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 6, 2017 7:29:42 PM

Summer is finally approaching! There’s nothing better than the great weather and free time to spend with your little ones. It’s the perfect time to try something new and refreshing! With so many options, we know it can be overwhelming to find something for your little one to do over summer break. 

So who are we, you may ask? We are Dance To EvOLvE. A mobile dance company for kids ages 2-12! We offer dance classes with styles ranging from ballet, tap, to hip hop. One of our most exciting programs are our summer dance camps! We offer half-day dance camps for kids and full day combination dance/soccer camps beginning in June all the way through August. Our mission is to evolve our students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles! So take a break from the harsh summer sun and read on to learn more about why so many parents enroll their kids in our summer dance camps!

1) Beat Summertime Boredom

Many kids look forward to summer, but then they get extremely bored halfway through their break! Not our campers! During our summer dance camps for kids, there's so much for your little one to do! From dancing, playing games, or even doing arts and crafts. Kids can also memorize steps, rhythm patterns in music, and formations which keep their brains working while having lots of fun! Our summer dance camps for kids are the perfect way for kids to beat summertime boredom! 

1-3391805252010121954.jpg 2) Make New Friends

Children who participate in our summer dance camps have a fun, and safe environment to interact with children their own age. Our summer camps for kids create a team-like atmosphere by encouraging children to work as a team. As kids build up their self-confidence, they will have an easier time making friends. These skills can even help little ones make new friends in school! Our summer dance camps create the perfect environment for campers to make lifelong friendships. For some extra fun outside of our dance camps, many dancers often have playdates with their new buddies. It's a great way for your children to make special, lifelong memories!

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3) Maintain Physical Health 

It's no mystery that dance is a great form of exercise! Our dance camps provide a great way to stay fit during summer break. They are a fun and exciting way to let kids' energy run free. Our campers have the chance to dance and participate in various indoor and outdoor activities which can help with your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength, balance, coordination and stamina! It’s a great way for your little one to start understanding what it’s like to maintain a healthy lifestyle! To keep the fitness going all day long, we offer offer half and full day summer dance camps with a soccer option. For more information on our full day camps, make sure to visit our website!

 

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4) Explore New Dance Styles

Our summer camps for kids are the perfect way for your little one to explore new dance styles. Your child can try ballet, hip hop, tap, or all 3! It's a fantastic option for experienced dancers to try new styles of dance, while new dancers can test the waters of each style of dance and pick their favorite! Getting the chance to do many styles of dancing is one of the best reasons for enrolling your child in any of our summer dance camps! Another reason our camps are awesome is because we're easy on your wallet! If you register your dancer for a 2nd Dance To EvOLvE camp, receive 15% rebate! For more information on our discount visit our websitehere

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Dance camps are the perfect way to get the benefits of dance within a short period of time!  If you're interested in signing up your little ones for a summer dance camp, you can find all the information you need on our website! Check it out to learn more about all of our San Diego and Chicago locations, camp dates, and dance styles. We have plenty of options to match up with your child's interests and your schedule! But make sure to hurry and register soon, our camps will fill up! 

Our summer dance camps are an experience your little one cannot miss out on! If you have any questions, make sure to leave us a comment down below or visit our website for our contact information. And don't forget to download the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Dance Camps linked down below! We can't wait to see you all this summer! 

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Three Reasons to Attend Kid’s Dance Camp In San DiegoYour Blog Post Title Here...

Posted by Brittany White on Mar 1, 2017 10:39:29 AM

1-3391805252010121953.jpgKid's dance camps are a fun way for your little ones to receive focused dance training. In addition to having more hours dedicated to dancing for a period of time, your little dancers will also be able to have tons of fun! Each city and location that kids dance camp takes place in, can offer a variety of benefits and unique additions to the dancing experience. San Diego is definitely one of those excellent cities! Here are three reasons to explore kid’s dance camp in San Diego.

1. Sunshine

Part of the appeal of kid's dance camp in San Diego is that it allows for plenty of outdoor activities. San Diego is a city known for its sunshine. It is estimated that there is sunshine in San Diego for 68% of the whole year! The sunshine and pleasant weather will allow your kids to do more dance activities outside and enjoy the warm weather! A downside to the amount of sunshine is that it can often be dangerous for the skin. That is why it is important to make sure your little ones are wearing sunscreen, and on those really hot weeks, check out an indoor summer dance camp.

2. Vibrant Dance Community

San Diego has a very vibrant dance community. The dance community breeches across various dance styles. This apparent in the various dance studios around the city for people of all ages. This sets the stage for a dance-positive atmosphere in kid's camp. Most teachers in kids camp in San Diego will not only be passionate about dance but will also be able to pass that on to your little ones. A positive dance atmosphere is something San Diego has and that is very apparent at kids camp!

 

3. Happy People

Perhaps it is because of the good weather but people in San Diego are generally nicer, happier and more relaxed.
For that reason your little one will most likely encounter some well-humored and nice people at kid’s dance camp. This will build a sense of community and make your child feel much better about themselves as they improve their social skills. San Diego is a great place for kid's dance camp! We encourage you to have your kids attend one!

 

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5 Reasons To Do A Summer Dance Camp

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 1, 2017 11:09:31 PM

How many parents out there are starting to think about your children's summer camps and vacations? Summer is filled with so many different options for families to explore. Kids (even the young ones) can participate in programs with many different time frame options allowing them to try something new for as long or little as they want. Why not try a summer dance camp to take a break from the sun and heat? Summer dance camps typically allow kids to try different styles of dance, work quickly toward a performance, and learn in a fun, relaxing environment! We offer fun summer camps in San Diego and fun summer camps in Chicago as well! Read on to see why dancing in the summer is so much fun and helpful!

  1. Keep The Juices Flowing:

Throughout the school year, kids are learning all day, every day. Summer dance camps are a great resource to trigger their brains in a fun and athletic way through physical and observational learning. Students memorize sequences of steps, rhythm patterns in music, spacing, and formations, keeping those brains active! Studies show that when we make split-second, quick decisions (like when we dance), we create new neuron pathways that increase our intelligence. Give your kids a break from school but keep their minds engaged through dancing!

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  1. Give Them A Sun Break:

We all want to enjoy the sunshine this time of year but many kids appreciate some time out of the heat here and there. Children's dance camps typically take place inside cool buildings. They sometimes even come with snacks, lunch, games, and/or craft breaks which allows kids to go outside for fresh air. You can also switch up your summer camps a bit to give your child more variation to better deal with the heat!


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  1. Explore New Dance Styles:

Many parents are interested in short commitments for their children until they find what they are truly passionate about. Summer is the perfect time to try new dance styles like ballet, tap, and hip hop to see what really gets a kid moving! There's no school that prevents kids from exploring their interests and so many camps are offered! In addtion, many kids dance camps offer a crash course to a specific style or they fuse several styles within a week and focus more on fun. If one style isn't a good fit for whatever reason, a dancer will quickly move on to another after a day or a week. If you are looking for serious improvement, check out a summer dance intensive at a summer camp in Chicago or San Diego.


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  1. Get Maximum Creativity:

If your child is drawn to creativity, children’s summer dance camps are a perfect fit! Kids get numerous chances to share their creativity through new movements, games, arts and crafts, and songs. Some children's dance camps even involve costume design, choreography mentoring, and hair and makeup techniques for the stage!

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  1. Make New Friends:

Dancing creates a team-like atmosphere because the participants must work together to create the finished product. Because camps tend to be half day, many kids will schedule play dates with new friends after your children's summer camp too! This is a great way for kids to make new friends and create special memories that will last a life-time!


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You can find dance camps through your local studios, community centers, or creative arts programs. Do a search online and see what kinds of options you have for this summer! Registration typically starts early so stay ahead of the game and reserve your spot! Dancing is an overall great way for kids to express themselves and get great exercise. Go sign up your kid for a dance camp and have them explore their creativity and talent! Our summer camps in San Diego and Chicago have many locations all around both cities so go ahead and check out our website! We hope this helped and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to let us know!

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San Diego Summer Camp Ideas

Posted by Brittany White on Jul 26, 2016 9:49:39 PM

 

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Hey parents! Summer is here in a big way and if you haven't already, you are probably wondering about what to do with your kiddos now that they have been home for a while. With the huge variety of kids summer camps that are offered throughout the city, having to choose one for your child might make your head spin! To make it a little easier for you, we have put together a list with a few different genres of kid’s summer camps in San Diego that will empower your kids to have the best summer ever!

Artsy camps

If you know your child has a creative imagination, here are some great artsy kids camps. For the arts and crafts lovers, the New Children’s Museum is hosting project based camps for children as young as 4! Your child will get a ton of attention from the professional art teachers and real artists running the camp! If you want to make sure it’s the right children's summer camp for your little one, check out their open house on Friday June 14th!

If your child likes to move and groove to music, there are a ton of studios in San Diego offering summer dance camps. Check out the specialized themes that Dance To EvOLvE hosts throughout the summer! Summer dance camp is the perfect place for your children to build friendships, confidence, and comfort with meeting new people. There are a variety of themes for the kids to participate in. From the Royalty of Fairyland theme to superhero theme, and many more, it’s never a boring day for the campers! It also provides children with important teamwork skills that they will learn through dancing and choreographing together. Also, at the end of the summer, the kids get to overcome their shyness and show off all that they have learned in a performance held at the end of each summer dance program. This is a wonderful children's summer camp for your kids to enjoy and have fun at.

 

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Outdoorsy camps 

If your child loves to be outside and active then don’t be afraid to sign them up for a camp that will let them explore the wonders of the outdoors! The YMCA is one of the more traditional children's summer camps with lots of outdoor activities for the active kids! It’s perfect for the adventurer who isn’t afraid to get their shoes muddy!

How about seeing if your kiddo will enjoy a new sport before signing them up next year? Try out this non-competitive soccer camp offered by Little Rascalz Soccer School! It gives the kids a chance to get out their energy while learning some new skills! It is super cute and they even allow parent participation so you don’t have to sit on the sidelines. This is a great summer camp in San Diego that your child could thrive at!

 

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Scholastic camps

Bring the mad scientist out in your child by letting them explore the world of science and choose from a variety of different themes with unique topics for your science enthusiast to discover at the Balboa Park museums! Check out the science camps offered at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Museum! With summer camps offered for kids of all ages, your kiddo will be able to try something different as they get older!

The San Diego Museum of Man offers a ton of different children's summer camps of different ages and interests! From the creative ones to the curious ones, they will learn all about science, myths and mysteries!

 

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We hope this helpful guide and will make your brainstorming process easier! Your child will have fun with any kid’s summer camp that they choose! And for the parents who want a bigger variety, take a look at a lot of camps being offered this summer here!

Let us know if you have any awesome suggestions for summer camps in San Diego or if you have any comments about the ones we posted! Summer is the season where kids need to be kids and have fun. Sign up your kid to have fun at a camp this summer and you and your child will be glad you did!

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Activities To Do With Your Kids In La Jolla

Posted by Brittany White on Jul 20, 2016 11:15:56 PM

San Diego is filled with many activities and sights to see. One of the most popular cities and most tourist driven places in San Diego is La Jolla. La Jolla is filled with many activities to do with your family, from surfing at the beach to dance classes for toddlers or kids in UTC! Here are some things you can do while you are in the city of La Jolla, California:


  1. Head to La Jolla Shores
    La Jolla Shores is a very popular place to go because of its beach town feel and its pristine beach. There are many surf shacks and gift shops to explore so you can never get bored! Kellogg Park is located near the shores and it has a playground so your kids can run around and play. La Jolla Shores is a great place if you love to surf because there are plenty of waves you can catch. If you are not a surfer, that is okay because it is also a perfect place to relax and listen to the sound of the crashing waves. And if you want to see some wildlife head next door to La Jolla Cove which is home to local Sea Lions. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling, the options are limitless!

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  1.  Visit the Birch Aquarium
    The Birch Aquarium is visited by an average of 435,000 people per year and is known for their prestigious Oceanography studies. You can see up to 380 species of ocean life while you’re there and you can have a chance to feed some animals. There are fun summer camps, school programs, and aquarium classes they can take! The aquarium is a great place to learn about what kind of animals live in our oceans and how we can protect them and learn more about them.

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  1.  Go to The Salk Institute
    The Salk Institute is a school of biological research located in La Jolla, right next to the Torrey Pines Gliderport. Not an obvious destination for kids in La Jolla, this institute is known not only for its research, but it is also known for its unique architecture and breathtaking view. You are free to roam around outside the labs and offices and enjoy the beauty of the campus. Be sure to grab lunch there and watch the paragliders roam the sky as you look out onto the ocean right on the edge of campus.

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  1.  See a play at the La Jolla Playhouse
    This is a professional theater on the campus of the University of California, San Diego. There are many plays that are available to see at the La Jolla Playhouse; some professional, and some put together by kids, teenagers, and college students. This theater was awarded America's Outstanding Regional Theatre in 1993 by the Tony Awards! Theater, like dance, is a creative way of storytelling, which is something your kids will love! It is a beautiful theater made in 1947 and is a great place to check out if you are in La Jolla.

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  1. Take a dance class at Doyle and Noble Recreation Center!
    We are proud to announce that Dance to EvOLvE has a new location at Doyle Recreation Center! This adds to our already popular class offerings at the Noble Recreation Center, and offers kids and toddlers in La Jolla lots of options when it comes to dance classes! We offer many dance classes from hip hop to ballet! Classes start as young as 2 years old, so come and check us out. We have a lot of kids dance studios all around San Diego, and now we have a home in La Jolla! Nobel Recreation Center has an amazing playground and a wonderful big field that you can do all sorts of activities on! You can have a picnic and play on the playground after your dance class! Come out and take your kids to the best kids dance studio in La Jolla! 

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La Jolla is filled with many fun things to do with your kids! You can spend it by the sea, or you can spend it watching your child have fun at our dance classes for kids here in La Jolla. Go explore what La Jolla has to offer and maybe drop by Doyle or Noble and see what we have to offer as well! We have dance classes for both toddlers and older kids in UTC so there are many options of dance to choose from. From the many kids dance studios in La Jolla, we are the best there is and we cannot wait to show you what we have to offer! Come on down to Doyle or Noble in La Jolla and we can start having fun right away! Try out a trial class today! 

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