Summer Dance Camp 2017 Schedules and Information

Dear Parents and Students,

This year’s summer camp will be held the weeks of August 7th -11th (Sessions 1-5) and August 14th -18th (Sessions 6-9). I’m excited to tell you about it. We have some amazing guest instructors and some wonderful activities planned. It is going to be an incredible experience! The summer camp is mandatory for company students, but open to anyone interested in participating.

Camp Fees are as follows: (Please attend everyday if possible. If you cannot attend the entire camp, day rates are provided.)

  • Session 1 and 2 $105.00 or $30 per day
  • Session 3 $145 or $35 per day
  • Session 4 & 5 $185.00 or $40 per day
  • Sessions 6-9 $200 or $45 per day

Students will be receiving essential training to prepare them for a successful year at Lifehouse. We will be doing team building activities to help unite the students as a Company. We will also have seminars and discussions on topics critical to the mission of Lifehouse to help establish life-changing principles and ideas that guide the culture that we have at the studio.

How do I register for camp?

For Salem students who auditioned for company on July 29th, your fall schedule and what camp session to register for has been sent via e-mail. You can then get online and register for the appropriate session of camp. Anyone else who is interested in participating should email Nesha at to know which session of camp to register for. Each camp session’s schedule will be posted online at under News.

What do I bring to camp?

  1. A lunch and healthy snacks.
  2. WATER!
  3. A towel or wet wipes to freshen up between classes.
  4. All of your dance shoes.
  5. A cover up to put over your dance clothes in between classes (t-shirt and shorts).
  6. Deodorant for older students.

What do I wear to my classes?

It is respectful to our guest instructors to be properly dressed for the genre you are taking. Please look at the schedule each day and make sure you are prepared.

Ballet pink tights, solid colored leotard, ballet shoes, hair in a bun
Jazz and Contemporary Leotard or form fitting top, dance shorts or leggings
Hip Hop Athletic clothes, shorts, fun shirt, and make sure to bring athletic shoes!
Tap Same as jazz. Do not forget tap shoes!
Musical Theater same as hip hop, bare feet
Folk Dance same as jazz
Variations class Ballet attire

Week 1 Camp Helpers Each session of Camp Week 1 will have an older student with them all day helping them get to their classes and eating lunch with them. They will also be assisting their classes.

Who will be my teachers?

Now meet your guest artists! We are so excited for them to work with our great students and for you to learn and be inspired.

Shani Robison, Associate Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University, earned her B.A. in Dance in 1995 and her M.A. in Dance with a Performance/Choreography emphasis in 1999 from Brigham Young University. Shani is the Ballet Area Administrator and in her eighth year as the Artistic Director of BYU Theatre Ballet, the university’s top ballet performing company. Shani has presented ballet pedagogical research and choreography at professional conferences in Toronto, Canada, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, and New York. Three of Shani’s contemporary ballet works, African Winds in 2008, Concealed in 2009, and Interrupted Impulse in 2012 were given the distinct honor of being selected to be performed in the Gala Concert at the American College Dance Festival Northwest Region with Interrupted Impulse selected as an alternate for the national festival. Shani was also chosen as one of two professional choreographers to set a new work on Utah Regional

Ballet as part of the 2010 Choreographic Design Project. In addition to contemporary and shorter classical works, Shani has choreographed original ballets including Romeo and Juliet (2009) and Cinderella (2011) as well as the choreographic collaboration of The Snow Queen (2012) for BYU Theatre Ballet. She has also restaged The Sleeping Beauty (2013) and Swan Lake (2014) for BYU Theatre Ballet. Shani has choreographed for five BYU opera productions: La Traviata (2001), The Magic Flute (2010), The Globolinks (2011), Amahl and the Night Visitors (2011), Phantom of the Opera (2013), and Hansel and Gretel (2015).

Jenn Shead was born and raised outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up training at Spotlight Studio of Dance in Millersville, MD under the direction of Wyndee McGovern. As a young dancer, Jenn won numerous regional and national awards through competitions, as well as receiving the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award for the Arts. She then went on to study at The University of Arizona, where she graduated in 2009 with a dual BFA in dance and communication. She has performed on Broadway in “Nothing Like A Dame”, at the Jazz Dance World Congress and with the Oasis Dance Ensemble at the Capezio A.C.E. Awards. In addition to being awarded for her choreography both regionally and nationally, she has been recognized multiple times in the Maryland State Arts Showcase. In 2013, her choreography “Song” was chosen to perform in NYC at The Joyce Theater in the prestigious “Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce”, a DRA-sponsored choreography showcase. Most recently, you can see her choreography in new artist Justin Mise’s music video “Can’t Have”. Jenn is a current member of Dance Educator’s of America where she loves to travel and train children of all ages. Beverly Spell As a dancer, Beverly trained with many great teachers, including Gwynne Ashton, and was a scholarship student at the School of the American Ballet and Harkness Ballet. She is a graduate of the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois, where she was also a scholarship student. In 2003, Beverly began sharing her knowledge and experience with other dance teachers through Leap ’N Learn. In 2004, she co-authored and released, with child psychologist Annie Spell, Ph.D., Leap ’N Learn: A Comprehensive Early Childhood Dance Syllabus. In addition to creating the Leap ‘N Learn program taught by teachers worldwide, Beverly has written several DANCEcamps for studios to use during the summer season using the same strong Leap ‘N Learn early childhood theories. Additionally, she has designed dance coloring books, collaborated with composer Scott Killian on multiple children’s dance class

CDs based on the Leap ’N Learn Syllabus, developed many dance classroom teaching props, created two arts-in-education syllabi that have been implemented in public schools locally and nationally, and with her husband, Carrol Spell, designed The Ultimate Barre, a portable ballet barre used by studios worldwide. In July 2010, Beverly and Dr. Annie released a series of five teacher training DVDs so that teachers would have the opportunity of learning how to teach dance in an education based format with an emphasis on a child’s cognitive, emotional and physical development. In the spring of 2012, Beverly was honored to be chosen by HIT Entertainment to design and develop an early childhood dance curriculum featuring Angelina Ballerina™. This curriculum is currently being taught in Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy studios throughout North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Debra Vogel is a movement analyst, neuromuscular expert and co-founder of the Center for Dance Medicine in New York City. She recently retired from teaching at one of the nation’s best college dance programs in Ohio. She is the author of Tune up Your Turn Out and a sought after master teacher around the world. She is the director of The Body Series. “Our bodies are designed for movement, no matter our height, size or flexibility. My intent is to provide exceptional information, based on anatomical principles, as well as leading-edge explorations in optimal performance strategies.” Debra Vogel

Warmest regards,

Nesha Woodhouse
Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy

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