What are Summer Dance Schools?
A Summer Dance School can offer programmes that run from a week to the complete school holidays, with most being residential based. They are an excellent way for children to learn and explore all types of dance. During this time, dancers progress quickly and experience a new approach to learning with exciting new teachers and choreographers.
Most summer dance programmes will offer a wide range of dance genres to include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. Emphasis is generally placed on overall dance technique and working to advance the dancer’s artistic skills. Some summer schools are rather more specific in their genre, such as high-end ballet classes that aim to polish a dancers skills in preparation for entry to a dance academy. Summer schools of this category usually take the format of daily classes in techniques such as classical ballet and repertoire work, devised to enhance students’ classical technique and are designed to fulfil their desire to improve and advance in their chosen genre.
What do I look for when choosing a Summer Dance School?
Choose a summer dance school that offers the disciplines that will enhance your child’s needs. This of course will depend on the age of the child and what the type of dance is that they want to focus on.
A younger child could benefit from a programme that offers a range of classes, and different styles of dance, where an older student could most likely prefer to choose an intensive program that will provide a certain degree of challenge to help strengthen the abilities and focus on their individual needs.
The other consideration is whether you and/or your child is happy to stay away from home, residential schools tend to be more intensive and therefore a greater level of commitment and dedication is required. These tend to be more suited to older children.
Why do Summer Dance Schools take place?
Dance teachers incorporate summer dance programs into their studios for various reasons. Most of which allows them to;
- Focus on the individual needs of a child
- Incorporate all of the important aspects in training such as strength, and
- Increase the child’s knowledge of dance.
In addition to the benefits that dancers may gain, summer schools are also a chance for colleges and dance academies to get a glimpse of the potential talent they may have auditioning, and gauge an idea as to a dancers’ possible suitability for their courses.
What are the benefits of attending a Summer Dance School?
There are numerous benefits for your child attending a Summer Dance School, apart from the obvious benefit, that in such a short amount of time the dancers will gain valuable techniques learned during summer dance training. Other benefits include:
- Provide the chance to meet other like-minded and motivated dancers
- Can be a welcome break from the confines of their regular dance school
- Allows them to connect a little more with their individuality away from their dance school regulation
- Mixed abilities of students take part
- Most importantly it is the chance to have lots of fun!
What do you need to take to a Summer Dance School?
Most summer dance programmes finish with a dance display or competition, therefore an eye-catching leotard or tutu is a must. Apart from your
usual dance wear attire, accessories are always must needed along with a fashionable but practical dance bag. Dance Gear Direct have a fantastic selection of made-toorder dancewear along with a variety of dance bags and branded items from Bloch, Capezio and Roch Valley. If your dance wardrobe is need of a refresh, how about browsing the latest selection of bags, dancewear and accessories online at www.dancegeardirect.co.uk and get ready for your dancing holiday!
How do I find a suitable Summer Dance School?
Many Summer Dance Schools advertise online, or your regular dance school maybe holding a summer programme or may know of one to recommend. If not, you may find this link of use in locating a suitable dance school programme this summer; http://www.summer-schools.info/performing-arts/dance/