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DANCE CAMP 2024 Information! 



We're so happy to announce our plans for our acclaimed Dance Camp 2024, an immersive experience tailored to ignite creativity and nurture the young choreographers within our talented community of dancers.

This year, our focus is on making dances! Our upcoming program has been carefully curated to provide an enriching journey for dancers of all levels, embracing the beauty of self-expression and the artistry of creating well -structured dances. What makes this camp truly special is our dedication to each dancer's artistic growth.

Our camp day will begin with stretches, an upbeat, all-camp warm-up, and then basic ballet and modern center exercises. Our warm and enthusiastic teachers and interns will focus students on alignment, correct placement, and the paramount importance of clarity across various dance styles. Every day, a different dance phrase will be explored, designed to foster improvement regardless of individual skill levels.

Following this inclusive class, dancers will be grouped by age to embark on their choreographic journey. Groups will work both indoors and outdoors on the grounds of our historic Maplewood building.

Choreography, often an uncharted realm for young dancers, will be explored in depth.  From spatial design to connected and disconnected partner shapes, effective use of unison passages, and exits and entrances—these elements and many more will serve as building blocks for our dancers to create their own captivating works.Amidst the artistic exploration, we'll move outdoors onto the lovely summer patio and lawns around the Burgdorff Center for relaxed snack and water breaks. We love having ample time for dancers to connect with each other and our counselors, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.

As the day draws to a close, we'll reconvene in the theater for a communal lunch and the presentation of various group pieces. This low-stress sharing of works-in-progress will not only celebrate the creative endeavors of our dancers, but also encourage discussions that inspire further growth and appreciation for each other's talents.

Renowned for its warm, noncompetitive atmosphere and unique emphasis on nurturing the creativity of every child and teen, The LJD School Dance Camp is a celebration of the wonderful creative drive in all children! We can't wait to embark on this inspiring journey with every one of our creative, thoughtful dancers.  




Registration opens Monday January 15th 2024. 


The Schedule and Tuition for Dance Camp 2024

M-F July 15- 19 and/or July 22-26. Register for 1 or 2 weeks.

Tuition: For Rising 2nd graders or at least 6 Years through 7th grade as regular campers.

1 week: $415 and 2 weeks: $800

See below for Intern Information

Schedule: M-F 8:45am-12:30pm- Bring a snack, water bottle and bag lunch except on special pizza days!


TEEN INTERNS: Rising 7th or 8th grade though 12th grade.

Our summer interns are similar to CIT's or Counselors at traditional non-arts camps.

Our tuition scale reflects this approach. 

Schedule:  M-F 8:30am-12:30 OR 2:00pm- Bring a snack, water bottle and bag lunch except on special pizza days!

 The schedule for Interns will be: 8:45-12:30 as assistants in the younger dancers’ program.  During this time our teens will have the opportunity to experience leading warm- up sequences, participating in the joyful all -camp warm- up and basic class, and then guiding their own small group of younger dancers as they make dances. Our Interns always have fun setting up and managing camp traditions like Pizza Day and special events like our all- camp name games or rock and roll dance party!


Additional Teen Add- On workshop.  

Elevate Your Artistry and Craft:  Exclusive Intern Technique and Choreography Add-On.

Daily 12:30- 2:00 we will focus exclusively on our teens! Some days we will have 45 minutes of a technique class and 45 minutes of choreography while some days will focus exclusively on advanced choreographic skills. This program requires a separate additional tuition fee of $175 per week for dancers accepted into it. Some Interns may choose to do the 8:30-12:30 part of the day and not stay for the Elevate Your Artistry and Craft add on.


All teens who would like to be Interns must apply. First a parent should set up a time to talk with Lydia to explore if the program is a good match for your teen. A follow up discussion for each teen with Lydia will assure that the program is a good match on both sides.


FEES for Interns:

For 7th & 8th grades (similar to CITs at regular camps) Interns pay full price for Camp unless on Scholarship or Work Study

 For 9th & 10th grades: Tuition can be reduced depending on how experienced and well matched a teen is.

For rising 11th &12th graders ( similar to camp counselors) who are accepted Interns do not pay tuition and are paid a stipend.


ALL of our dance students and intern families can reach out for information

on our Scholarship and Work Study programs.

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