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Having danced ballet and jazz throughout my childhood, dance has always been and always will be a huge part of my life. I will always be grateful to my parents for starting me in ballet classes at age three, and helping me develop this passion for many years to follow. Now is the perfect time to Spring into dance with Dancenter North with a Spring Break mini-camp, or register for one of the many summer offerings.
At Dancenter North in downtown Libertyville, you can give your child an opportunity to release some energy, make new friends, and learn amazing skills while choosing from a variety of dance styles. A range of classes are offered here–your child can pick his or her favorite. Ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, Broadway, hip-hop, break dance, and tap are all options. And if you would like a chance for your child to sample a few different styles, a Spring Break Mini-Camp or a Summer Camp can be the perfect way to do just that.
Spring Break Mini-Camps are a great way to let your children have fun with dance. The “Dress Up and Dance” camp is geared towards children ages three to five, and combines creative dance, imaginative play, games and a daily craft. The themes vary each day, and include “Superheroes” (Monday, March 27), “Royal Academy” (Tuesday, March 28) and “Wild Kingdom” (Wednesday, March 29). All three days run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; sign up for your favorite theme or choose all three to receive a discounted price.
The “Dancing through the Decades” camp is also being offered over Spring Break for children ages six to ten, and includes creative dance, decade-themed music, games and a daily mini-performance for friends and family. The theme for Monday, March 27 is “Totally Righteous 80’s,” (I challenge you to try not to dance along!); Tuesday, March 28 is “Gettin’ Jiggy with the 90’s;” and Wednesday, March 29 is “Awesome Sauce! – Pop 2K.” These fun theme camps run from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., and participants can choose to register for individual camp days or register for all three days in advance to obtain a discount.
Another exciting way to gauge your child’s interest in dance is to bring them to the Dancenter North Spring Showcase, “Earth Song,” at Libertyville High School on Sunday, March 19. At 3:00 p.m., come watch this variety show featuring all of the studio’s companies, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, professional track dancers, and the DCN Singers. This is a high-energy show that is sure to entertain the whole family.
The Annual Dancenter North Dance Jam will be held on Sunday, May 7. The “Pizza Partito” show will run at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (the matinee is perfect for younger dance aficionados) and Dancenter North will be collaborating with Pizzeria DeVille for this event.
Summer Dance Camps
To avoid hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” that starts ringing through the house about week two of summer, sign your child up for one of the many summer dance camp options that Dancenter North is offering. This summer, the theme is Passport to Dance and includes many forms of “Global Rhythm” dances for campers entering first through fifth grade. These camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pack your bags and “jetset” with your friends while exploring cultural dances from around the world. A variety of dances will be learned while mixed with games, projects and other outdoor activities in Libertyville’s beautiful downtown parks. Each weekly session ends with a performance for family and friends, and there are six uniquely-themed sessions to choose from. Find the week that features a dance style your child has always been interested or one that is part of his or her heritage, and sign them up.
Session 1: June 12 – June 16: India “Bollywood”
Session 2: June 19 – June 23: Hawaii “Hula”
Session 3: June 26 – June 30: New York City “Breakdance”
Summer Break July 1 – July 9
Session 4: July 10 – July 14: Spain “Flamenco”
Session 5: July 17 – July 21: Ireland “Irish Stepdance”
Session 6: July 24 – July 28: Africa “Afro Fusion”
The following camps are also available for boys and girls:
As my favorite dancing Giraffe, Gerald, said, “We all can dance, when we find the music that we love.” Let your child explore amongst the many options with Dancenter North this spring and summer to find the dance style and music that will get their feet tapping and hips swinging and ignite a love for this fun and beautiful activity.