Pointe Class in rehearsal

Forest Dancing offers dancers ages 8 and older a one-week intensive program for cultivating their artistry and honing their technique.  The daily curriculum includes ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and tap.  Live musical accompaniment, repertory rehearsals, and a studio performance create an inspiring environment and focused professional experience for the serious dancer.

Getting ready “backstage”

The curriculum is divided into two or three levels, depending on enrollment.  On the first day of camp (Sunday), dancers are placed into an appropriate level based on their age and experience.  The Placement Class consists of a full ballet class and a jazz combination.  The purpose of the Placement Class is to evaluate the dancer’s overall technique and comprehension skills and insure that each dancer is placed in a level where they will thrive and be most successful.

All dancers take ballet, jazz, modern, and tap everyday for four days, Monday through Thursday.  The advanced level dancers have the option to take pointe as well.  On Friday morning, the program culminates with an informal studio showing.  Our “Showing” is an opportunity for family and friends to get a taste for what the dancers have been working on in class all week.  Following the Showing, everyone goes back to the lodge for a barbeque picnic before packing up to go home.

Weekly Schedule Overview:

Sunday – Dancers arrive in the afternoon, check in and go to placement class, welcome dinner and bonfire in the evening

Monday – Dancers have class all day (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM with a picnic lunch break), swimming or crafts after classes, and canoe trip (weather permitting) in the evening following dinner

Tuesday – Dancers have class all day, swimming or crafts after classes, and Talent Show in the evening after dinner

Wednesday – Dancers have class all day, swimming or crafts after classes, special activity (TBA) after dinner followed by “Black Out” (a Forest Dancing tradition you won’t want to miss).

Thursday – Dancers have class all day, swimming or crafts, dinner and a special night out to the Sawmill Theater

Friday – Dancers have breakfast and then get ready for the Showing with warm-up and dress rehearsal.  Parents arrive for the Showing, and then everyone returns to the lodge for a farewell barbeque lunch before going home

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