If you seriously love to dance, you’ll have the time of your life!
Why dance at Ross Creek?
“This summer camp brought about the most significant growth I have ever seen in a group of dancers over the course of the two week period. I think this is a result of a supportive atmosphere encouraging exploration and risk-taking, relaxing and fun surroundings to balance the intensity of the dance schedule, positive and cooperative faculty who are equally accomplished as they are enthusiastic about dance and pedagogy.” – Belinda McGuire, Contemporary Dance teacher, DSD 2013, 2014, 2015.
Students arrive on Sunday, attend a placement class, and settle into their cabins. Over the two weeks, they take a full class program, audition for rep classes, eat delicious, healthy food in our beautiful dining hall and enjoy camp rec programs during the evenings. On the weekend, they do a full day of site specific creation on the grounds of Ross Creek with theatre and movement professionals, and take a trip to a beautiful local beach. On the final Friday, parents and friends are welcomed to a public performance by the students.
Our program is unique. The instruction is at the highest level for young people, including instructors from the National Ballet School, and others bringing the most up-to-date practices in dance practice and teaching – from fascia dances to martial arts – contemporary dance fusions. Dancers in our program get the technical skills and improvements they need, while learning about the professional dance world and being exposed to new ways of dancing from working dancers and dance teachers who train the next generation of dancers in Canada and around the world.
Only 46 students in 3 levels, small class sizes and attentive, supportive and demanding teachers mean an amazing dance experience combining education in modern and ballet in a beautiful, non-competitive setting.
The late summer dates allow for older dancers to have a summer job and come to DSD before heading back to school, and also allows the dancers a chance to get in shape before the start of the 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.
Dance Summer Dance at the Ross Creek Centre
We are excited to welcome you to the most advanced summer dance training program in Atlantic Canada. With instructors from the National Ballet School, School of Toronto Dance Theatre and from the world of professional dance, we invite young dancers to push themselves and develop their skills, to learn about professional dance and to create magic through movement, all at a dance retreat at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, close to Canning, Nova Scotia.
In our professional studios, classes are small enough to include individual coaching and create rehearsal environments with exciting ballet and modern choreography by our internationally acclaimed faculty, often with live accompaniment. After class, we encourage recreation and relaxation on our 178-acre property, with rustic cabins, walking trails, games rooms and beach trips.
Supported by the Ross Creek camp staff, with fresh local food, highly trained counsellors and camp leadership with over 15 years of experience, Dance Summer Dance at Ross Creek augments a dancer’s ongoing training, giving him or her an intense program in ballet and modern dance along with body conditioning, and stretch and strength. For those who want to go on in dance, we also have guidance on professional training and careers. 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 DSD serves both kinds of students well. Former students have gone on to study in all fields, including professional dance training schools such as Toronto Dance Theatre and Julliard, and to have careers with Parsons Dance, Bern Ballet, MOCEAN Dance, and many other professional companies.
ALSO: Dance Assistant Program (DAP) for ages 12-16
We know that dancers in all kinds of communities need support, and we want to support dance schools to be the best they can be for the next generation. Ross Creek has created a new DanceTeaching assistant certificate program to ensure young dancers who are assisting classes are able to bring new knowledge back to their schools and ensure the highest quality of positive corrections, choreography and mentorship.
Students in the DAP will go through levels, attend most of the DSD programs themselves, and receive additional classes in how to work with children, how to make corrections, how to choreograph on children, and morello ensure you are the best mentors in dance you can be! This program is designed for dance students and for those considering a dance teaching career, and is a great stepping stone into one of the dance teacher programs.
Tell me more about DSD!
Visits: Family and friends are welcome to visit Ross Creek. However, while camp is in session, visitors are normally asked to only come for a tour, to visit the gallery, etc. Visits can be disruptive to the students’ experience on many levels, including disruption of classes, meal times and social time at camp.
Weekend and beach trip: Dancers will work on the site-specific work on Saturday, to be performed during the final presentation and take Sunday as the beach trip, or reversed, depending on the forecast.
11 - 18 (Coed)
Special needs support:
A few of our campers have special needs
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Mild Support Specialized programming
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|Dartmouth Sportplex||110 Wyse Road, Dartmouth||2:15 pm||6:45 pm|
|Windsor Petro-Can||319 Wentworth Rd,Windsor, NS B0N 2T0||3:00 pm||6:00 pm|
|Acadia Arena||550 Main St, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6||3:30 pm||5:30 pm|
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