Detroit Dance City Festival’s Kids Dance Camp focus’ on our belief ‘dance is for everyone’. Our interactive dance camp gives young children aged 3-13 in our Detroit community an opportunity to explore their creative instincts, expand their imaginations and develop life skills like teamwork and self-discipline. Our camp is divided into three groups based on their age and each group will have the opportunity to perform at Artlab J’s Detroit Dance City Festival for friends and family to watch what they have learn. With a variety of dance activities, challenges and choreography this camp really is for everyone.
Dance genres that will be the focal point of class is ballet, modern, African Dance, hip-hop and improvisation. Classes will emphasize fundamental dance education, discipline through technique, dance achievement and fun. The chosen dance style for the performance will be based on the style best grasped by the students. The class will also include ice breakers, time for reflection, and freedom of dance expression. Dance genres will be taught per hour session to cover additional content per day.
Each class will begin with an ice breaker game incorporating movement and for the students to get to know one another and become dance companions. This will include drawing and path making with the result of communicating this through dance. After we will start with center floor warm up and stretch to prepare students for broader movement. We will utilize the entire space. Center floor warm up and stretch will prepare students for across the floor movement. Students will then move across the floor with dance movement that will incorporate the performances’ choreographic theme. This will also prepare the students for the given combinations leading up to choreography. Class will conclude with a cool down and class reflection.
Class Description Students will begin class with fun cardio and stretching to get their hearts pumping, and engage their flexibility. In the center, we will do a short ballet demo to strengthen the muscles and find our centers, then learn modern based professions across the floor. Finally, the students will have the opportunity to create their own moves based off of the technique we learn earlier in class. We will also experiment with rhythmic gymnastics apparatus, including ribbons, which will be used in the final performance.
Dancing with Fabric – 3 day workshop
One of the key elements in my approach to aerial dance is the relationship between the dancer and the apparatus. In this workshop, we will explore the possibilities which lie in using an aerial fabric entirely on the floor. The incorporation of this length of fabric in a dance context will introduce new movement choices and will expand dramatic possibilities for dance creation and performance.
Each of our three days together will begin with an exploration of basic dance skills as part of our warmup, with emphasis placed on the use of dance technique as a means of expression. Dancers will also develop basic partnering skills such as counterbalance, weight sharing, and supporting the body weight of others. Students will then be encouraged to open up their imaginations and creativity as they share ideas for scenarios in which the fabric plays a role. As we move into improvising with the fabric, these imagined scenarios will inform the way dancers interact with the fabric and with each other. Movement vocabulary and sequences will be developed out of structured improvisations, and this material will evolve into the group's performance piece for Sunday, August 20.
In the process, participating dancers will be encouraged to contribute to an environment which fosters cooperation and mutual support, as dancers share ideas, share space, and collaborate. Since we will be entrusting one another with our bodies in the partnering process, it is also important for participants to contribute to an environment which builds mutual trust and responsibility, as dancers must be mindful of others' well-being and take responsibility for making safe choices for themselves and others. As teacher, I serve as guide and director throughout the learning and creation process.