Dancing through the Summer
Ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap – oh my! Itty bitty ballerinas and seasoned dancers and all of those in between can learn the basics or sharpen their skills by attending one of the variety of local camps offered.
Who: 2½-3 year olds
What: Baby Ballet is a 40-minute class designed for the youngest dancers who want to express their independence. Dancers will have fun learning pre-ballet movement to popular children's music through singing and movement games. Props such as pom-pons, hula hoops, rhythm sticks and bean bags are used to enhance the learning experience. Fee is $48 a month.
When: 4:50-5:30 p.m. Mondays
Where: Chance2Dance, 1612 North 7th Street, Suite C, Van Buren, 479-806-9125, chance2dance.net
Preschool Princess/Prince Camp
Who: Boys and girls ages 3 to 5
What: No experience is necessary for these fairytale adventures. Fee is $95.50 for each camp.
“Frozen,” 1-30-3:30 p.m. June 13-16: Take a trip to Arendelle to visit Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Christoph and all of their friends. “Jungle Safari,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 20-23: Lions, tigers and bears – oh my! What will you discover on this adventure into the jungle?
“Fairytale Princess,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 11-14: Your favorite fairytales come to life! “Under The Sea,” 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 18-21: It's an adventure down under with Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder. What treasures will you discover under the sea?
Where: Grayce Dewitt Dance Studio, 3400 Rogers Avenue, Suite 118, Fort Smith, 479-783-7748
You’re a STAR!
Who: Ages 2½-3 years old , 4-6 years old, and 7-10 years old
Pre-Dance – Little ones 2½ to 3 years old learn social skills, coordination and balance and gain flexibility. From 4:30-5 p.m. Fee is $50.
Ballet and Tap – Beginning dancers will learn basic technique for both ballet and tap each day. Ages 4-6 years meet 5-5:30 p.m.; fee is $50. Ages 7-10 years meet 5:30-6:15 p.m.; fee is $55.
When: June 6-10, July 11-15
Where: Shining Stars Dance School, 6421 U.S. 217 South, Fort Smith 479-926-0784, shiningstarsdanceschool.com
Who: Girls ages 3 to 9
What: God’s Beautiful Princess Camp – Princesses ages 5 to 9 will learn a ballet dance and will learn etiquette, dress up and do crafts. Fee is $50 and includes crafts and a snack. When: 10 a.m.-noon June 27-29
What: Precious Princess Camp – Tiny dancers ages 3 to 5 will dance, dress-up, and do crafts. Fee is $35 and includes crafts and a snack. When: 10-11 a.m. June 30-July 1 Where: Shining Stars Dance School, 6421 U.S. 217 South, Fort Smith 479-926-0784, shiningstarsdanceschool.com
The Nutcracker/Giselle Ballet Camps
Who: Ages 4-6 (Nutcracker) and 7-9 (Giselle)
What: Each day of camp features a dance class and studies of explorations of music, dance history, nutrition, creative expression, mime, dance vocabulary and dance demonstration. Fee is $75 for Nutcracker, $85 for Giselle.
When: June 13-17 – 10 a.m.-noon Nutcracker, 1-3:30 p.m. Giselle
Where: Western Arkansas Ballet, 4701 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, 479-785-0152, waballet.org
This article appears in the June 2016 issue of Entertainment Fort Smith Magazine.