Youth Dance Camp Promotes Fun

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Staff Report

Throughout their 13 year of existence, Diamond Dance Company has relied on other area dance studios to provide them with dancers for their Christmas and Spring Productions. However, two years ago the Company began planning to mentor their own dancers and on June 18, 2012, they opened their doors to nearly two dozen children for a two week summer dance camp dubbed ‘Discovery Days’.

Each morning of the June Discovery Days program, children began their day with a short yoga-stretch session followed by various activities including ballet instruction, music appreciation, creative movement, story time, and craft activities; all relating to music and dance.  The staff consisted of four professional educators, a ballet instructor and an assistant.

“Every one of the adults went home each day exhausted and exhilarated,” commented Susan Grant, President of the Diamond Dance Company Board of Directors. “I spent the week cutting yards and yards of tulle and ribbon, and helping out where and when I was needed.”

Ballet instruction for the very youngest included basic ballet positions, terminology and technique.  The older group, comprised of more experienced dancers and a few whom had never danced before were enthusiastic and eager to learn.

The campers craft activities included making tutus and customizing t-shirts which they wore during a showcase held on the lawn of the Riverfront Theater, just south of the Studio on Thursday, June 28.  Families and friends enjoyed watching the children perform prior to light refreshments; pink lemonade and trays of yummy treats from Dolce Bakery.

From the first day of the program, through Thursday, many regulars seated outside Dolce, and at other area businesses, enjoyed seeing the little dancers toting their dance bags along Walnut Street.

“It was especially fun to watch a long line of dancers, in their tutus and t’s, parade down the sidewalk from the Studio to the Riverfront, smiling and happily anticipating showcasing their talents to those who’d gathered at the Theater,” commented Susan.

This August 13-16, the Diamond Dance Company will be hosting ‘All Things Nutcracker’ for dancers 6-12 years old.  They are planning four fun filled days of activities and dance instruction, centered on the traditional holiday classic, The Nutcracker.  Auditions for the 14th annual production of The Nutcracker will be held on August 18.

Diamond Dance Company is finalizing a schedule for classes to begin in September that will include classes in creative movement through advanced ballet, along with tap, traditional jazz, contemporary, modern and lyrical dance instruction.

“We will continue to be not-for-profit,” commented Ms. Grant. “Our main goal has and will continue to be providing positive experience to our dancers and sharing traditional classical ballet and dance with the community.”

For additional information on the Diamond Dance Company visit www.southerndelawareballet.com.