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2020 Summer Camps at the Center

 

Jungle Jams Music Camp

June 8-12, 9am – 11:30am

The Tarkington

Recommended for ages 5-7
Cost: $135

 

Imagine a rainforest jungle filled with instruments, music and movement! Jungle Jams is a creative summer camp experience where campers learn about rhythm and groove through activities using drums, percussion, guitars, ukuleles and movement props.

 

Campers will explore different parts of the Rainforest Rhythm Kingdom, an adventure that begins at Bongo Boy Base Camp and ends at Jam-A-Lot Junction. The children will build a sense of community and self-esteem throughout the week as they contribute to the group groove.

 

During the week, campers will make and bring home three different musical instruments. Family and friends are invited to join the Community Drum Circle Celebration during the last 30 minutes on Friday.

 

No musical experience necessary. Don’t miss the fun – we’ll be jammin’!

 

Ages 5-7

Minimum # of campers: 10

Jungle Jams Summer Camp is a partnership with Bongo Boy Music School.

 

Anyone Can Dance Camp

July 20-24, 9am-noon

The Studio Theater, Room 141-142

Recommended for ages 5-8

Cost: $135

 

Inspired by themes and dances in the book Giraffes Can’t Dance, this immersive class experience enables young ones to build character and self-confidence by encouraging them to embrace their differences, as well as those of others, using them to find their own voice through the wonderful and accessible art of dance.

 

Students will learn the fundamentals of dance, and through creative activities, they will become more self-disciplined and focused. Anyone Can Dance encourages students to think critically, use their imaginations and collaborate and express themselves in different ways.

 

All camp programming and curriculum will be overseen by Justin Sears-Watson, artistic director of Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Instructors have been specifically chosen and placed with classes based on the dance techniques in which they have extensive training.

 

Day 1: Students will be encouraged to respond in movement to themes from Giraffes Can’t Dance, exploring the key elements of dance: body, energy, space and time.

Day 2: Students will move through guided improvisational activities and technical dance movements, as well as engaging in solo, partner and small group dances.

Day 3: Students will learn and understand dance performance as an interaction between performer and audience by dancing for others, identifying movements in a dance, and demonstrating the observed movements.

Day 4: Students will observe dancing, identify movements that are fun to watch, and share their thoughts about the observed movement.

Day 5: Students will recognize and discuss emotions expressed in dance movements inspired by Giraffes Can’t Dance and demonstrate what they have learned as part of our closing performance for friends and family. All will receive graduation certificates.

 

Family and friends are invited to join in the closing performance at the Studio Theater during the last 30 minutes on Friday.

 

A minimum of 15 students is required to conduct the camp.

 

Hip-Hop Dance Camp

July 27-31, 9pm-2pm

The Studio Theater, Room 141-142

Recommended for ages 6-18. Participants will be grouped by age and skill level.

Cost: $195

 

Students will gain a broader cultural perspective and embrace the many layers of their personalities by exploring freestyle dance, party dances, popping, Krump and breakdancing in the culture and art movement dance style known as hip-hop, which originated among African Americans, Latino Americans and Caribbean Americans in the Bronx, New York City.

 

All camp programing and curriculum will be overseen by Justin Sears-Watson, artistic director of Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Instructors have been specifically chosen and placed with classes based on the dance techniques in which they have extensive training.

 

Day 1: Students will discuss where choreographers find inspiration and begin learning freestyle and improvisational movement, including how to construct freestyle dances complete with a beginning, middle and end.

Day 2: Students will explore body, energy, space and time while learning the history of hip-hop, especially popping and its foundations.

Day 3: Students will begin to work with others by providing and receiving feedback as they explore the shapes and movements of partnering, hip-hop party dances and breakdancing, with instruction from 31Svn Street Dance Academy.

Day 4: Students will connect to their emotions while learning about Krump, a style popularized by the movie Rise, and exploring hip-hop moves that started as cultural dance.

Day 5: Students will spend the day rehearsing with feedback from instructors as they prepare for a blowout performance alongside dancers from Phoenix Rising and special guest street dance crew ICNH. Students will receive graduation certificates and perform in the student showcase.

 

Family and friends are invited to join us for the closing performance Friday in the Studio Theater.

 

A minimum of 15 students is required to conduct the camp.

 

 

About Phoenix Rising Dance Company

Phoenix Rising Dance Company was founded in 2014 by Justin and Will Sears-Watson as the Indiana Contemporary Dance Company. After a year of performing around the city, mainly at community events and charity galas, they opened Phoenix Rising Dance Studios and changed the company’s name to reflect its new home. Phoenix Rising Dance Company is the resident dance company at the new Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.

 

Phoenix Rising Dance Company uses the National Academic Standards for Dance in creating its programs.

 

 


Register for camps online or by calling the box office at 317.843.3800

 

For more information, contact Julia Shildmyer-Heighway at 317.819.3516 or JHeighway@TheCenterPresents.org.

 

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