Dance Summer Dance

August 14-26th, 2022

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COST

Dance Summer Dance is $1,150 +HST for the two weeks.
All program fees include meals and accommodation. 
A $10 capital improvement fee is added to summer camp registrations.

PAYMENT

For your convenience, you can pay online when you register through:
-Credit Cards
-PayPal
-E-transfer directly to etransfer@artscentre.ca
-Cheque in the mail
-Cash onsite

Please note: while we do accept PayPal and Credit Cards, the fees have become too exorbitant for us to manage and all credit card and PayPal purchases will have a 3% charge to them to help us cover the costs of providing the best camps for your kids!

We also offer payment plans for families who would like to make camp fit into a monthly budget. We can’t offer an early bird discount on payment plans, and have a small fee ($20) for setting up the plan because it takes administrative time. Click here to make payment arrangements.

ADMISSION POLICY

While our dance intensives are restricted to students who have achieved a certain level of technical understanding (at least four years of dancing), we do not refuse admission on the basis of body type or professional career potential. Students are admitted based upon the recommendation of their teachers on the basis of attitude, work ethic and their ability to handle the material at their given level. We ask in 2021 if possible for dancers to send us a short video of their dancing so the instructors can make their teaching plans before dancers arrive. 

  • Admission is restricted to dance students age eleven to eighteen except by special permission.
  • Students must have turned eleven by July 31 of the attending year.
  • Preference will be given to students 13 – 18 in case of waiting list.
  • The student’s ballet teacher must complete the Teacher Evaluation form and submit it directly to the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts at education@artscentre.ca or fax it to (902) 582-7943.
  • We also ask for dancers to send (submit here) a short video of their current dancing – a home video is what we want, which should be no longer that 5 minutes, and include: 
    • a sample as you can in your space of ballet
    • a sample as you can in your space of contemporary
    • Who you are where you’re from? 
    • Why do you like to dance?
    • How long have you been dancing? 
    • Where do you dance regularly?
    • PLEASE compress the video so that it is no larger than 5mb. 
  • Students must be in good general health. The program will be strenuous, but not overly so provided youngsters are in good health. Ross Creek must be notified if the student becomes injured before attending Dance Summer Dance.
  • There are places for 26 students, who will be divided based on video and experience into two groups that will remain constant throughout the program. 

         Please click here to see all of general policies.

SCHEDULE

The late summer dates allow for older dancers to have a summer job and come to DSD before heading back to school, and prepare for their  fall term if they haven’t been dancing as much during the summer. It also means that those who dance most intensively can take other programs earlier in the summer and still attend DSD.

ELECTRONICS/PHONE POLICY

Studies of other teen camps along with our own experiences have shown that phones are disruptive to a student’s artistic and social development at camp/summer school. Camp is a place where time is slowed down to a walking pace, even while in class they are leaping! The program is intense, and we want the dancers to be thinking about and living in it, not removed. Ross Creek is a place for personal development, interacting with fellow dancers, and enjoying natural surroundings. We encourage writing and will supply postcards, etc., and we also encourage family and friends to send care packages (peanut free, please).

We ask that the kids not bring their phones unless they are also their music player and cameras, in which case we ask you to keep the sim card at home. Of course, in any case at all of emergency, either at home or Ross Creek, we will make sure you get to speak with your child immediately! Otherwise we hold the sim card until they are heading home.

Click here for our approach during COVID and other frequently asked questions. 

TESTIMONIALS
FACULTY

Ballet Bob, Katie MacFarlane, Bridget Lappin, and other visiting artists, all with live accompaniment by Andrew Dahms on percussion, delivering African drumming workshops, and Emily Shute on the keys and music theory.

Rediscover the Joy of Dance!

Small class sizes ensure individual coaching and help to create attentive and supportive rehearsal environments. The program combines education in modern and ballet technique and choreography in a non-competitive setting with live accompaniment. Between classes, we encourage recreation and relaxation on our 178-acre property, with walking trails. Our meals are freshly made and nutritious, with much of our food grown on site.

Dance at Ross Creek augments a dancer’s ongoing training, giving them an intense program in ballet and modern dance along with body conditioning and stretch and strength conditioning, while also encouraging a creative approach to the world through other arts workshops throughout the program to give their bodies a chance to rest and to encourage bonding. This intense and inspiring mix of dance and camp creates life-changing experiences for young dancers. We are committed to the study of dance as part of a healthy, full life for all. We are equally committed to the development of dance professionals, and our Dance programs serve both kinds of students well.

Our dance programs serve students from all different backgrounds and experience levels, customized every season, by faculty including: Ballet Bob, Katie MacFarlane, Bridget Lappin, and other visiting artists, all with live accompaniment by Andrew Dahms on percussion, delivering African drumming workshops, and Emily Shute on the keys and music theory.

​Former Ross Creek Dance program students have gone on to study in all fields, including professional dance training schools such as Toronto Dance Theatre and Juilliard, and to have careers with Parsons Dance, Bern Ballet, MOCEAN Dance, and many other professional companies.