Did You Know?
The Bay Area is a unique crossroads of culture. There are over 100 languages and dialects spoken in Oakland alone. This rich diversity means that there are world dance professionals living and working here in greater numbers than almost anywhere else in the world. DanceVersity is a unique opportunity for your child to experience all the different and wonderful ways that people around the world experience movement and music.
Our Camp PhilosophyDanceVersity is committed to providing quality instruction in a learning environment that fosters personal growth, creativity, and cooperation. Our goal is to encourage young people to approach life with a sense of confidence in themselves, curiosity about the world, appreciation for art and diverse cultures, and delight in the pure joy of movement and music.
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Give your child the unique opportunity to explore how people around the world express themselves through dance! The DanceVersity World Dance Summer Camp is geared for ages 7-18 and appropriate for dancers of all levels. Each weekly session will include dances from the folk, classical, social and theatrical traditions within a large regional area. Eight different styles will be introduced each week along with a music and/or art session each day that is based on the day's dances and themes.
Camp Session Dates:
July 30th - Aug 3rd The Americas
August 6 - 10th Asia and the Middle East
August 13th - 17th Africa, Middle East and Europe
Each day consists of a morning warm-up, two classes, a lunch break, an art or music class and then two more dance styles.
Full Day Tuition (9 am - 4 pm*): $340 ($380 after 5/13/12) *Extended care available until 5 pm Half Day Tuition: $170* ($190 after 5/13/12) *Morning session 9 am - 12 pm, afternoon session 1 pm - 4 pm
Multi-week and sibling discounts are available. See our FAQ page below for full details.
Click on the link below to register. If you have questions regarding the camp or the registration process, check our our FAQ section below or contact Isabella at Isabella@danceversity.com or 415-300-6911.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of discounts do you offer for multiple week and/or siblings?
We offer discounts for multiple weeks and a sibling or guest (see below).
A sibling/friend may attend any weeks camp for $250 ($220 early bird). If they attend for all three they would be $750 ($660 early bird).
How do half days work?
If you would like to sign your child up for half days, you may choose morning attendance, 9am-12pm, or afternoon attendance, 1pm-4pm. You are free to drop off or pick up your child anytime during the lunch break (12-1pm). Please note that those attending the morning session do not participate in the Friday performance.
Can I get a refund if my child decides not to attend after we have registered?
Once the camp has started there will be no refunds. If your plans change after you have registered but before camp has started we may allow a cancellation if we are able to refill the space. In that case an administrative fee of $20 will be deducted from your tuition and the balance refunded.
What should my child wear/bring?
Children should wear comfortable clothes, ideally pants or leggings that can stretch as needed. Full skirts are fantastic for certain dance forms, but it is best to have pants or leggings on underneath so that students can easily transition from one dance form to the next. Hard-soled shoes (such as dress shoes without rubber on the bottom) are useful for some classes which require foot-work. You may choose to bring soft dance shoes (such as ballet slippers) to protect the feet in other classes but they are not required. Please bring a lunch, water and a snack. Other details will be provided via email before the first day of camp.
Do you offer childcare before or after camp hours?
There is no childcare before camp starts at 9 am. We are offering to extend care until 5 pm if there are those who need it. Please make sure to check that you want that option when you register! There is a separate fee ($10 a day) payable the first day of camp.
What happens if I can't make the pick-up time?
Camp ends at 4 pm but we have extended care until 5 pm by prior arrangement (see registration form). Ashkenaz has other bookings that start at 5 pm. If you think this could be a problem please make arrangements ahead of time and notify us as to who is allowed to pick up your child. In an emergency you call Betsy at 408-355-4738 who will be on site.
Do you provide lunch?
No. Children are asked to bring their own bag lunches, water bottle, and snacks.
Do you allow drop-ins if my child wants to bring a friend?
The Camp Coordinator, Betsy McMahon, can let you know whether or not it is possible for your child to bring a friend with them to camp. When camp is at full capacity, we simply do not have the space for drop-in guests, as we want to maintain a safe environment. If we do have the space, drop-ins are $12/hour.
What types of dance are taught?
Danceversity offers classes in folk, classical, social and theatrical dance forms from around the world taught by world class performing artists. Each week has a large regional focus but we may include other dances as well. Please see above for each weeks focus.
Which week should I sign my child up for?
Campers may register for any week they choose or attend two or all three weeks. Multiple week and sibling registrations are given discounts (see question above).
My child is 6 1/2. Is she/he too young?
Yes. Enrollment is limited to children 7 years old and up. Classes are geared for ages seven to seventeen.
What happens if my child can only attend part of the week?
Camp registration is by the week. If an illness or other unfortunate circumstance prevents your child from completing the week please be aware that campers who miss two or more days in a week may not be able to participate in the Friday afternoon performance due to inadequate rehearsal time. Make-ups cannot be guaranteed but we will do our best. Each case will be treated individually. Contact the Camp Coordinator, Bella Qureshi (email@example.com, 415-300-6911)
What if my child is shy or easily overwhelmed?
DanceVersity is a highly stimulating atmosphere. With 30-40 campers, six different dance classes a day, and an elaborate performance, it is a whirlwind of information and culture. Many children love it, and despite being initially overwhelmed, most participants are caught up in the spirit of the dances and find they enjoy participating and performing. Performing is optional, and children are allowed to sit out or take quiet time as needed.
How do you choose your instructors?
We hire ethnic dance teachers who are accomplished performers, well known in their respective communities, and whenever possible, native to the communities they represent. For examples please see instructor bios on our website.
How are the camp days structured?
A typical day will include a gentle warm-up, yoga, or dance fundamentals class in the morning followed by two hour-long dance classes, a lunch hour from 12-1pm, an enrichment class such as visual arts, costuming, geography, music, or cooking, and two more dance classes.
What do I need to know about the performance?
It will start at 3 pm on Friday, and parents are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early in order to get a good seat!
Can I visit a class before signing up for the camp?
Please do! DanceVersity offers weekly classes at Ashkenaz on Monday 4-7:00 pm. Please contact Bella Qureshi (firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-300-6911) first.
My child has a medical condition. Can she/he participate?
Your child must receive doctor's approval before participating in Danceversity if he or she has a medical condition that can be aggravated by physical activity.
With six hours of dancing per day, won't they get tired?
They will have fun, get fit, and be very tired in a very good way. Of course, children are allowed to sit down and take breaks as needed. However, participation is always encouraged and physical stamina grows notably as the days go by.
Who is AACS and what is fiscal sponsorship?
AACS stands for Afsaneh Art and Culture Society and they are a non-profit agency that serves as our fiscal sponsor, thereby lending their non-profit status to Danceversity as a fiscal sponsee. This allows us to accept tax-deductible donations. See our “Sponsorship Rate” in the registration form for helping us to meet the full costs of providing camp. For other donations you can also make checks out to "Danceversity-AACS" and send them to: Danceversity at PO Box 2404 San Anselmo CA 94979.