Pre-School Summer Dance Camps (Ages 3-5)
The Ballet Hispanico Pre-School Summer Dance Camps engage boys and girls ages 3-5 in a balanced exploration of the art and culture of six Latin American countries.
Our goal is to introduce children to these diverse cultures while encouraging them to build creative skills in an environment that is safe, accessible, and inclusive. The camps focus on the dances, songs, stories, and rhythms of Latin America through offerings such as creative movement class, the physical interpretation of Latin American children’s literature, and the exploration of musical elements and percussion. Each week will take campers on a journey through Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Cuba, Panama, and Brazil!
All camps 9AM-12PM, Monday through Friday.
In-Studio presentations each week for parents!
Our camps have concluded for the summer, but keep an eye out later in the year for announcements about future camp programs! Thanks to all the families who participated this year, hope you had a blast!
June 9-13: GUATEMALA
Discover the world of the Mayas as we are transported to el Petén! Children will uncover the secrets inside the Mayan pyramids and be fascinated by the country’s rich history. They will dance to the beat of Folkloric music and learn about the unique instruments used to make the special sounds.
June 16-20: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Take an imaginary journey to the beautiful Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Children will explore La Cueva de las Maravillas and be inspired by the beautiful paintings left behind by the Taíno Indians. They will create their own maracas and learn how to Merengue.
June 23-27: ARGENTINA
Explore the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, climb Cerro Aconcagua—the highest mountain of South America—and visit the salt lake Laguna del Carbón, which is the lowest point of the region! Children will celebrate the culture as they discover the Carnavalito genre of Folkloric music and dance of Argentinian legends.
June 30-July 3: CUBA
Discover the country that never stops dancing! Children will create their own maracas and explore the different rhythms of Cuban music such as salsa, mambo, and cha-cha-cha. Frolic on the beautiful beach of Paradero, dance in the streets of Santiago de Cuba and visit the Gran Teatro de La Habana.
July 7-11: PANAMA
Sail across the Panama Canal! Explore the Panamanian jungle’s plants, animals and birds that can only be found on this part of the world. Children will learn the country’s traditional rhythms, dances and stories and have the opportunity to create their own artwork based on this colorful culture.
July 14-18: BRAZIL
Join in the celebration at Rio de Janeiro’s famous carnival! Children will make their own masks as they are immersed in the exciting beats of Samba music. They will discover the martial art of Capoeira in a special workshop led by Brazilian Capoeira masters Janete and Leandro da Silva, who will demonstrate and teach exciting moves!
“I think you have a real jewel of an idea in surrounding the children not only with the dance and music of a place, but also with a real sense of adventure and love of other cultures. When we walked into Miss Lana's studio yesterday to the sound of coquis, it truly felt like we had left NYC and traveled to Puerto Rico. I believe many parents would love nothing more than to instill a love of travel and respect for other cultures, and I have seen no one teach it the way Ballet Hispanico does.” - Madeline Tsingopoulos, Pre-School Camp parent
Photos (c) Joshua Preston