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7 Tips To Prepare For Summer Dance Camp

Posted by Brittany White on Feb 4, 2017 4:48:39 PM

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Summer dance camps are one of the most exciting parts about being on summer break! However, for many, it is also the first time kids are separated from their family. We understand that summer camp might be a new experience and that it might make both dancers and parents a bit uneasy. So we’ve compiled few tips and tricks to help put your mind at ease and to get you and your little one prepared for a fun-filled summer at camp!

1) Have A Positive Attitude

The most important part about making yourself and your camper more comfortable with summer camp is to have a positive attitude! If you don’t think camp will be a positive experience for your child, neither will he/she. Remain positive, give him/her a pep up talk in the morning if the nerves kick in. You can also offer words of encouragement and remind your camper of how much fun camp is! For young campers, reminding them that attending camp is definitely something for “big boys” and “big girls” will also make a huge difference. So turn that frown upside down and head to camp with a positive mindset!

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2) Share Your Own Camp Experiences!

Did you go to camp as a child? If you did, don’t forget to show your pictures of yourself from when you were a camper! Explain to them how much fun you had, how many friends you made, your favorite summer camp memories, and all the neat things you learned! Your summer camp tips will excite your children for their own camp while at the same time easing their nerves!

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3) Head To Camp With A Friend!

Having one of your child’s friends attend summer camp with your child will comfort your camper because they will know someone as soon as they arrive to camp! Not only will this strengthen your child’s current friendship because of these new and fun experiences, but it will reduce your child’s anxiety significantly! (especially if your child is shy!) Having a camp buddy will help your child venture out of his/her comfort zone and help add new kids into their friendship circle!

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4) Learn About The Camp!

Learning about the camp in advance will most likely ease your nerves! Go online and research the names and faces of the camp staff. You can also get a better idea of what to expect by reviewing camp videos, brochures, etc. which can all be found on the website of the summer camp your child is attending. Reading over camp safety policies or reviewing safety with the camp provider will also make you and your child feel a lot better if you’re nervous about the big day! 

 

 

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5) Packing For Camp!

We know that as a parent you might feel obligated to pack every single thing you can think of. But don’t worry, you really don’t need to pack too much! An extra change of clothes in a bag is always handy (just to be safe in case of accidents). Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks such as fruits and veggies for breaks (nothing too sugary!). Water bottles are a must, you can even bring one reusable bottle so your child only has to carry one bottle. It’ll also make their bag a bit lighter. A list of emergency contacts is important for your child to leave with the camp providers just in case of an emergency. Lastly, be sure to label everything with your child’s first and last name just in case he/she loses any of their belongings!

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6) Stay Composed!

Resisting the urge to tell your child over and over how much you will miss him/her will make summer camp a lot easier for you and your child. When you constantly tell them that you will miss them, it increases the risk of separation anxiety, especially when you’re saying your goodbyes. Instead, recognize that it is just a few hours a day, and your child will be having so much fun so there won’t be time to get homesick! Give your child a hug and a kiss and send them on their way!

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7) Give Yourself Extra Time On Check-In Day!

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Understand that the first day of summer camp can be a bit hectic, so allow yourself plenty of extra
time to get checked in. Make sure you arrive early to talk to the camp staff, get your child checked in, take pictures, and say your goodbyes for the day. You won’t regret giving yourself plenty of time to get all of these things done without feeling rushed!

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Local dance studios offer a variety of summer options. These summer dance camps offer music and creative movement classes, choreography, and teach kids different dance styles such as hip-hop, tap, and ballet! Start your research and be sure to get registered early because camps fill up fast! For more information and tips for summer dance camps, check out the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Summer Dance Camps linked down below or leave any comments/questions down below! Secure a spot in the perfect dance summer camp for your child today!

 

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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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