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Owner/Artistic Director, Ms. Jane

Owner/Artistic Director, Ms. Jane

Dear DAU Families,

As a mom of three girls, I know that February is the time to start planning summer for our children. Because summer is an ideal time to work on technique, try a new style or teacher, and bask in the joy of dance, DAU is excited to announce that we will be offering a wide range of Summer Camps and Intensives for kids ages 3 through 18! Our Summer Session will run June 27th-July 21st, and it will provide opportunities for all levels of dance.

Summer camp can play an extremely important role in a child’s psychosocial development, as Michale Ungar Ph.D.’s research into how summer camps nurture resiliency in children shows. According to Dr. Ungar, camps help children develop great coping mechanisms by providing them with:

  1. New relationships with peers and trusted adults. One of the most useful skills children can learn is how to ask others on their own for what they need.
  2. A powerful identity that makes children feel confident. A good camp teacher will help each child to be proud of the things that he/she does well.
  3. Help in feeling in control of their lives. When children feel competent, they become better problem-solvers in new situations.
  4. A sense of fairness. Camps provide opportunities for children to be valued for who they are, without the social pressures often present at school.
  5. An opportunity to develop physically. In addition to working on skills that are important to motor (and therefore cognitive) development, camps promote a healthy lifestyle.
  6. A sense of belonging. The feeling of having a common purpose, coupled with the attachments children form with their friends and teachers, help give them a sense of being rooted.
  7. A better sense of culture. Through songs, dances, skits, and games, children learn about the values, history, and culture of their community.

As Dr. Ungar points out, camps offer children experiences that help prepare them for life. Our DAU Summer Camps and Intensives provide students with all of the experiences above through the use of dance, music, movement, and creativity. Be sure to check out our Summer Program on our website (launching next week)! You can help your children develop resiliency and life skills, while they are doing what they love most – DANCING!

As Dr. Ungar points out, camps offer children experiences that help prepare them for life. Our DAU Summer Camps and Intensives provide students with all of the experiences above through the use of dance, music, movement, and creativity. Be sure to check out our Summer Program on our website (launching next week)! You can help your children develop resiliency and life skills, while they are doing what they love most – DANCING!

Love,

Ms. Jane

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