Dance camps

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Some consider dance to be a conversation between body and soul. If your child enjoys this connection and wants to further their interest, then dance camp is right for you. Learn more about dance camps and programs available in the listings below! Specialized dance camps focus on instruction in this art and offer your child a full immersion in a weeklong learning experience. Further down, you'll find many camps that offer dance-related activities as part of more varied slate of activities. Register today! There’s also more information below, about camps near you, and more advice for parents and kids. Read more

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Camps below specialize in training aspiring dancers in their craft. Camps may offer dedicated instruction in ballet, jazz, hip hop, voice, music and other activities. Consult each camp to learn more.

Branksome Hall Day Camps   

Rosedale, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp

Branksome Hall offers remarkable day camps for girls & boys in the heart of Toronto. Choose from our collection of Arts & Crafts, Athletics or Technology based camps & specialty camps like Swim, Adventure & Photography. Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $360/week
Day camp openCamp Coed3604-120Rosedale, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Branksome Hall Day CampsBranksome Hall offers remarkable day camps for girls & boys in the heart of Toronto. Choose from our collection of Arts & Crafts, Athletics or Technology based camps & specialty camps like Swim, Adventure & Photography. Rosedale, Toronto, Ontario Day camp Coed

Studio PAVAS   

Mississauga

  • Arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

PAVAS day camps are fun filled days of Art, Music, Drama and Dance. Explore and expand your creativity and performing skills while making friends for life. Grow, Inspire, Belong. Read more...

  • Ages 3 to 14
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $280/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed, Girls, Boys2803-141Mississauga, OntarioArts (multi)Studio PAVASPAVAS day camps are fun filled days of Art, Music, Drama and Dance. Explore and expand your creativity and performing skills while making friends for life. Grow, Inspire, Belong. Mississauga, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Education (multi)
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp

Transformative experiences learning in and through the outdoors—academic, athletic, for credit or enrichment. Spend every day outdoors on the water, in the forest, or at our farm—learn, have fun and stretch yourself. Read more...

  • Ages 13 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $450/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp openCamp Coed45013-172Virtual Program, , Lakefield, OntarioEducation (multi)Lakefield College School Summer ProgramsTransformative experiences learning in and through the outdoors—academic, athletic, for credit or enrichment. Spend every day outdoors on the water, in the forest, or at our farm—learn, have fun and stretch yourself. Virtual Program, , Lakefield, Ontario Virtual Program, Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Harbourfront Centre Camps   

Harbourfront, Toronto

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp

Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $250/week
Day camp, Overnight camp Coed2504-153Harbourfront, Toronto, OntarioTraditional (multi activity) Harbourfront Centre CampsSince 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps have fostered an inclusive learning community that encourages long-lasting connections to contemporary arts, culture and ideas. . Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Overnight camp Coed

Conservatory of Dance and Music   

Willowdale, Toronto

  • Arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Watch as your little one twirls, skips and jumps with glee as they discover their passion for dance & music! Professional and fun, themed March Break and Summer Camps. We make dance and music training fun! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $18/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed184-124Willowdale, Toronto, OntarioArts (multi)Conservatory of Dance and MusicWatch as your little one twirls, skips and jumps with glee as they discover their passion for dance & music! Professional and fun, themed March Break and Summer Camps. We make dance and music training fun! Willowdale, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

PSB & Interplay Dance   

Leaside, Toronto; Centennial-Port Union, Toronto

  • Dance (multi)
  • Day camp, Program

Dance, Gymnastic, Music Classes with High quality of training for boys and girls. Free trial & scholarship classes are available at each location. Summer dance camps run in July-August annually. Read more...

  • Ages 2 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $15/week
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed152-185Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Centennial-Port Union, Toronto, OntarioDance (multi)PSB & Interplay DanceDance, Gymnastic, Music Classes with High quality of training for boys and girls. Free trial & scholarship classes are available at each location. Summer dance camps run in July-August annually. Leaside, Toronto, Ontario, Centennial-Port Union, Toronto, Ontario Day camp, Program Coed

Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts   

Lawrence Heights, Toronto; East York, Toronto; Online

  • Education: Musical Theatre
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Toronto’s leading Performing Arts School producing over 20 musicals annually. Offering in person and online classes in music theatre, voice, piano, guitar, dance, acting, songwriting, camps and birthday parties! Read more...

  • Ages 4 to 21
  • Coed
  • from $200/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed2004-216Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Ontario, East York, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Education: Musical TheatreBravo Academy for the Performing ArtsToronto’s leading Performing Arts School producing over 20 musicals annually. Offering in person and online classes in music theatre, voice, piano, guitar, dance, acting, songwriting, camps and birthday parties! Lawrence Heights, Toronto, Ontario, East York, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed
  • Arts (multi)
  • Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp

SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp openCamp Coed2905-187Canning, Nova ScotiaArts (multi)Ross Creek Centre for the ArtsSummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Canning, Nova Scotia Day camp, Overnight camp, Program, Family camp Coed

Randolph Kids Performing Arts   

South Annex, Toronto; Online

  • Arts : Theatre Arts
  • Virtual Program, Day camp, Program

Content creation, filmmaking, dance, acting, music, teamwork and performance in the heart of Toronto. Beginner and experienced performers welcome. Come improve your skills, try something new, create, grow, and have fun! Read more...

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $20/session
Virtual Program, Day camp, Program openCamp Coed206-178South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Arts : Theatre ArtsRandolph Kids Performing ArtsContent creation, filmmaking, dance, acting, music, teamwork and performance in the heart of Toronto. Beginner and experienced performers welcome. Come improve your skills, try something new, create, grow, and have fun! South Annex, Toronto, Ontario, Virtual Program, Virtual Program, Day camp, Program Coed

Block 8 Academy   

Port Moody

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day camp, Program

Active, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Read more...

  • Ages 5 to 12
  • Coed
  • from $45/day
Day camp, Program openCamp Coed455-129Port Moody, British ColumbiaTraditional (multi activity) Block 8 AcademyActive, Creative, Mix of Indoor and Outdoor all in one camp! Encourage your children to socialize in person, or have them enjoy learning a new skill online with top notch voice instructors, debate, creative writing... Port Moody, British Columbia Day camp, Program Coed

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Types of dance camps and other kids’ programs for related interests

Many kids’ programs and dance camps focus on specific genres of dance or offer specialized instruction in dance styles. 

Dance camps

Ballet dance programs and kids’ ballet camps are a popular choice for parents. This disciplined specialty instills sophistication and culture in young girls and boys. 

Jazz dance camps or after-school programs give kids a chance to explore this creative, freestyle form of dance. 

Hip hop dance lessons and breakdancing camps teach b-boy moves, acrobatic rolls, jumps and flips you expect from this challenging, thrilling dance form.

Theatre arts camps and musical theatre camps may incorporate training or choreography in stage dancing. These programs will apply the lessons you learn in dance camp, while also giving you a chance to explore the world of the stage.

Music camps offer training and activities that perfectly complement an interest in dance. At ourkids.net, we also list music lessons and other related options.

The benefits of dance camp

Improved cognition. Dance camps go beyond simply teaching dancing. The focused training kids receive instills physical discipline, of course, but also mental discipline. Kids who go to dance class may see improved academic performance and other personal benefits. A growing body of research shows a strong relationship between physical activity and improvements in cognition, memory and mental health. 

Improved confidence. When kids set and achieve goals as they’re prone to, in dance camp, this obviously improves their confidence and self esteem.  

Improved interpersonal skills. A number of camps end with a competitive showcase that allows kids to test themselves against others, while learning sportsmanship, cooperation, encouragement, and other interpersonal qualities and soft skills. 

Decreased tendency to anxiety. Thanks to structured time in dance camp, parents can be sure kids are not on screens. Strong evidence shows that too much screen time results in increased anxiety and depression in children. As well, physical activity of dance has positive psychological benefits for girls and boys attending these programs. 

Exposure to professional examples. A number of camps listed above feature training from professional choreographers and dancers. These people present role models for children, and can help inspire them to develop not only dance skills but personal discipline in other areas of life. 

Disciplined physical activity. Kids in these camps get the essential 60 minutes of daily physical activity prescribed by the World Health Organization. According to  ParticipACTION Canada, more than 60% of kids and teens don’t reach this  recommended daily activity level. 

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How to find the right dance camps for your child

Explore. When you explore the listings above, we recommend that you try out a variety of camps and programs. There are widely varying perspectives trainers have on children, dance discipline and other factors. If you have your own firm ideas about what you want out of a dance camp, it’s worth your while to experiment.

Meet camps face to face. A number of dance camps, especially those in the Greater Toronto Area, present at the Toronto Camp Expo. This is the best forum for parents, allowing you to meet with several camps in one afternoon and learn about a variety of programs. You’ll find camps with many different perspectives, styles and sizes, from a variety of neighbourhoods across the area. It’s your best chance of finding the right camp, in a one-stop shop.

Ask the right questions. Here’s a brief list of questions to ask camps, to best explore what they will offer your child, and how they will help him or her:

  • Does your child require any previous dance experience for the program?
  • Are the campers grouped by age or dance level ability?
  • How do they manage performance anxiety or peer pressure among children?
  • What are the camper-to-staff ratios?
  • What are the qualifications of the instructors?
  • What happens if your child is injured? What precautions are in place?

More answers and advice from OurKids.net:

 

Further resources and more reading from around the web:

Stagecoach Blog: Benefits of Dance for Young Children

The Stress Reduction Benefits of Play, for Young Children

5 Ways Children Benefit from Dance Class



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