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 LJD Dance Camp 2023

For rising 1st grade through 9th grades

Teen Internships for 10th grade & up  

 July10-14 and/or July 17-21 9am-12:30 pm 

The LJD Dance Camp allows young dance lovers of every level to explore dance in depth with our professional dancers who perform in the LJD Company in New York. 

DANCE CAMP 2023: Our theme will be dance as self expression with an emphasis on how creativity and skill building can reduce stress. Through group warm ups, the use of breath and a sense of community, dance can contribute to self confidence and help children and teens to find ways to cope with the stressful times they are living in. Our philosophy is decidedly non- competitive allowing dancers of all levels to experience the joy of dancing and creating their own dances. Beginners feel welcome and our advanced dancers can let go of worry about being judged and achievement levels and experience working from an inner place of creativity and thoughtful skill building and improving technique.  Classes and Choreography Workshops will be held in age level groups. 


As always, our curriculum will integrate the study of musical theme and variation and how this impacts our students' choreography. The emotional nuances of a wide range of world , contemporary, pop, acoustic, 20th century and classical music as well as music workshops presented by musicians.


We offer a creative, fine arts approach as an alternative to commercial studio dance education. Each year children at this esteemed camp find their own niche and blossom with confidence as they learn to experience the art of making their own dances! The program is full of warmth, fun and exciting activities.  

Camp classes will be held in the Burgdorff Theater room as well as on the patio and lawns at The Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood Village. When classes are in the
 theater windows and doors will be open. Masks are optional. It is wonderful to be dancing and enjoying the beautiful location of this historic building!  The LJD Company dancers will be teaching and will share excerpts of our professional repertory on special days. 

Dancers will bring a mid- morning snack and personal water bottle . Snack will be on the lovely patio on good weather days when we can be outside. 

 Dance Camp 2023 is for rising 2nd graders through 9th grade.

FEE : $385 per week.


Starting in 10th grade we offer Teen Internships - similar to camp CITs and Counselors. Older dancers can email Lydia about both studying and joining our Intern assisting positions!


General Camp Info

A totally unique community of dancers, the LJD Dance Camp encourages the heartwarming and beautiful creative impulse in all of our young dancers! Offering both ballet and contemporary technique, with a special focus on correct alignment, the day also includes an extended choreography workshop. The dances the students create are shared with family and friends each Friday at a special performance. With an individuated curriculum that allows us to work with each dancer on their alignment and technique, the camp has been acclaimed for both its excellence and its focus on creativity. The LJD professional dancers teach and perform at special Open Rehearsals at camp creating a strong link between the school and the professional New York dancers. 

Our Camp is a wonderful experience for elementary children and is meaningful in many ways for middle and early high school kids as well. Rising !0th graders may apply for Internships while paying partial tuition (much like CITs) . Rising 11th and 12th graders may apply to be counselors.  As a not-for-profit we give $25,000 in scholarships each year so be assured that any child wanting to attend our camp is able to do so. 

The joy is infectious and its one of our favorite times of year! 

"At LJD, from the oldest student to the youngest, the enthusiasm is catching!

Our son and daughter feel their dance school belongs to them because 

they're given the time and space to collaborate with others

in a fun, non-competitive way."  

LJD Parents Page and Mike M.

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