Summer intensive class info

Ballet Afrique’s Summer Camp Dance Intensive is designed for

The serious dance student looking to increase their overall performance level and knowledge of dance. Classes are designed to engage students of all levels and challenge each dancer on an individually basis. Students will examine a variety of dance styles from with professionally trained instructor passionate about their field and dedicated to quality instruction.


Summer Camp Class Descriptions

African Dance & Drum

Students will learn basic traditional hand patterns for the djembe drum in ensemble and accompanying parts on djun djun and auxiliary instruments.  Traditional dance movements for Sorsonnet, Kou Kou, and Lamban will be taught. In addition, a djun djun drum and dance class will teach students technique in dance choreography while executing a rhythmic piece. Workshops include traditional West African rhythms for KouKou, Joli, Sorsonet, Jaa, and Kassa.


ballet class with barre, petit allegro, adagio, grand allegro, etc.

Variations:  students will learn variations from classic ballet masterpieces

The students will learn ballet terminology through the Cecchetti style of ballet. They will also be exposed to traditional classical and contemporary classical music.


Modern is a style of dance that rejects the limitations of classical ballet and favors movement deriving from the expression of inner feeling to various genres of music.

Students will be exposed to a stylized form of modern created by Lester Horton. The Horton technique of modern dance focuses on geometric shapes, alignment, and increase flexibility and range of motion. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company train in Horton modern.


This class is designed as an introduction to basic jazz dance technique, focusing on basic jazz positions, turns, jumps, & leaps, covering combinations of rhythmic percussive movements using contemporary dance music.

Hip Hop

Learning to move with unique, individual style and confidence is a major goal for this class. Students will be trained to dance in various genres; from pop to contemporary hip hop. Students will acquire skills in precision and musicality, an important life skill for any dancer.

Theatrical Dance

Theatrical dance brings to life the look of a musical production. Dancers must learn to be a triple treat – one part actor, one part singer, and one part dancer. Elements of Jazz dance will be used to recreate some popular musical scenes.

Dance History

A well rounded dancer should be familiar with the history of the various forms of dance they train in. Students will learn about the origins of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap. As well as examine through literature and discussion the contribution of African Americans and how they transformed the way we look at dance globally.


This class teaches the technical approach to choreography and uses body awareness to approach all styles of dance. Students will utilize basics principles of choreography, critical thinking, and leadership skills to compose and film their own dances.

Dancer Nutrition & Cooking

Students will learn about proper nutrition and dietary measures to help reach peak physical performance and optimal health. Students will have fun cooking and tasting the healthy recipes and meals they create. Each dancer will leave camp with their own personal cook book they design in class.


Pilates mat class: students will learn Pilates positions that will aid in their dancing technique and anatomy health.


students will practice Hatha yoga to aid in their dancing technique and anatomy health.

Camp Dates: 2017 Summer

Session I: June 12th -30th – Arts Academia.

Ages: 8-10       Days: Monday-Friday      Time: 8 am-5 pm  Cost: $600

Students will focus on Yoga, Reading & Writing, Math, Sewing, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Cooking, and Dance/Arts History

Session II:  July 10th- 28th Dance Intensives

Ages: 11-15     Days: Monday-Friday    Time: Noon-5pm    Cost: $200 per week

*Students must have prior dance experience and a letter of recommendation from current or former dance instructor.

Week 1: Ballet

Week 2: Modern

Week 3: African & Hip Hop



Camp Necessities & Materials


Students are responsible for their own lunch each day.    We encourage campers to pack healthy lunches with lots of protein, fresh fruits & veggies such   sandwich, fruit, celery, carrots, water, juice, etc.  We will be working physically hard and want to make sure that we fuel our bodies properly.


  • All campers need to have a water bottle with their name on it.
  • Campers should bring his or her gear in a backpack or zippered dance bag that is labeled with their name.
  • Toiletries (deodorant, wipes, hand sanitizer etc…)
  • Yoga matt

All items can be labeled and stored in the studio for convenience. Water bottles & lunch bags need to be cleansed at home daily

Daily Uniform Requirements:

Proper activity attire is mandatory for participation in this camp.  The daily uniform is all black for girls and boys.


  • Footless tights and leotard and well cushioned sneakers
  • Cover ups (Dancers must wear warm-up bottoms and t-shirt or wrap when they are not dancing.)
  • Hair must be pulled away from face (afro puff, ponytail, headband)
  • No jewelry(earring studs are ok)


  • Jazz or sweat pants,
  • T-shirt or tank, dance belt, well cushioned sneakers
  • Cover ups any color
  • (Dancers must wear warm-up bottoms and t-shirt or wrap when they are not dancing)


  • Ballet shoes  (canvas or leather)
  • Ballet Black jazz are not required, but can be worn if you have them