Summer and Vacation Programming

A Time To Explore

Summer Programs

Teen Dance Intensive

The Ascendance Teen Intensive program gives dance students the opportunity to immerse themselves in creative and technical dance study in a supportive, community educational environment. Students participate in daily dance technique classes, explore their own creative movement ideas, and are introduced to yoga practice and conditioning for dancers. Focus is placed on technical clarity, expression and musicality, expanding movement vocabulary, and becoming a stronger, more versatile performer. This program is for dancers ages 13-19.

August 17-21, 2020



Intermediate Workshop: Dance Discovery

It’s dance, it’s art, it’s FUN! Our dance discovery week is the best way to experiment with different styles of dance and PLAY with movement together. Campers can expect 2 dance classes per day with our outstanding faculty in styles like Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet, and Jazz. We will also be introducing special guest choreographers to pump up our exciting week.

This camp is designed with pre-teens in mind who want to include other art forms during the day. We’ve teamed up with Cycle Pottery and will be walking to their studios to work on creative projects each day. Our field trips may also include a trip to the ice cream stand! Have fun making memories and new friends with us this August.

August 3-7, 202o



Children's Summer Program

Our children’s program emphasizes the benefits of being active, having fun, and taking on individual and group challenges in a supportive environment. Woven into each theme – imaginative, & creative activities with guest artists specializing in dance, music, and expressive arts.

Children will develop dance technique and improvisation skills while working alongside special master teachers trained in Jazz, Hip Hop, & Contemporary movement. Each day we will walk to Art Always to create visual art, weaving in special themes of the week. Outside play time is built into the schedule, weather permitting.

Join us for a creative, engaging, & SUPER FUN interdisciplinary performing arts experience!

Summer 2020 Dates:

June 29-July 3: Water Wonder- Splash into a discovery week dedicated to our most precious resource. We will expand on water conservation, protecting our local rivers and streams, and the plants and animals that live in them. Special guest educators will join us in studio, including the Hitchcock Center of Amherst to demonstrate the connection between land use and the health of our water supply.

We’ll dive into different dance styles each day & create art tied into our water wonder theme with Lindsay Fogg-Willits of Art Always. Theater instructor Heidi Haas will lead children in improv & dramatic games. Weather permitting, we’ll picnic outside at the Cloverdale Preschool playground.

**SOLD OUT** July 13-17: Mix It Up!- This is the perfect camp for the child who wants to dip their toes in a little of everything! Our fun filled “Mix It Up” week is all about exploration, whether it be through dance, music, or art. From Jazz/Hip Hop to Rhythm Stomp & Contemporary dance, we’ll experiment with a variety of styles. The children will take one dance class per day.


Once again we’ve teamed up with Art Always. Lindsay Fogg-Willits will host an art exploration week for campers with a variety of imaginative & creative projects. We’ll work on acting and improvisation skills with theater educator Heidi Haas. Outside time will be built into our schedule at the nearby Cloverdale Preschool playground. We’ll round out our “Mix It Up Week” with a few special guest artists. Stay tuned!

**SOLD OUT** July 27-31: World Explorers- Let’s go on a journey around the world!  Guest artists will share connections to countries, highlighting cultures & traditions through stories, movement & music, even traditional foods. We’ll create visual art highlighting our travels throughout the week with Lindsay Fogg-Willits of Art Always.

Immersed in our exploration week, we’ll learn about influences and expressions of movement around the globe with the help of master instructors. Daily dance classes and music offered. Outside time built into each day at the neighboring Cloverdale playground.

 9AM-3PM, ages 6-9 


Half day sessions, sibling and multi-week registration discounts available.

Deposit is due at the time of registration. Full Refund granted 30 plus days prior to the start of your camp session.

Vacation Programs

February Vacation Programming

 “Page To Stage”

February 17-21, 9am-3pm

Following its successful debut, we are bringing back  “Page to Stage” a February vacation workshop dedicated to the magic of the Theater! It’s all about exploration, creativity, and self-discovery as we learn about different styles of dramatic arts. Drama games and improv are part of the fun along with daily lessons in musical theater, dance, singing, and art .

Our interdisciplinary arts week features guest artists from Ascendance,   theater arts educator Heidi Haas, Michelle Marinelli Prindle of The Prindle School, and Lindsay Fogg-Willits of Art Always. Young performers will bring their characters to life creating costumes & props and exploring set design. We’ll round out our jam packed week together with an informal performance for families on the last day.

Enrollment is limited to 12. Program Fee: $350 week

Sibling discounts are available!


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