Kids’ dance camp starts Sunday |

Kids’ dance camp starts Sunday

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Some very talented dancers are coming to Copper Mountain to help kids, ages 8-17, express themselves through dance – even if the kids have no formal training.

The American Dance Training Camp’s Colorado leg has been located at Winter Park for the last three years, but this year it comes to Copper.

“Copper’s accessibility and facilities – combined with all of the activities and beauty that Summit County has to offer – are the main reasons we’re so pleased to be hosting our camps at Copper this year,” said Hilary Whitfield, ADTC’s business director.

The three-week camp, which starts Sunday, focuses on jazz, hip-hop and theater dance for four hours a day. Each week, dancers end with a recital, which is open to the public. Maria Tucker, camp director, said the shows, held at 7:30 p.m. every Friday night in the Edge building at Copper, are the highlights of camp.

“It’s incredible what they are able to accomplish in just six days,” she said.

Tucker said only “a love of dance and a willingness to have fun” is required to sign up.

“Dancers of all levels – beginners through experienced performers – will be challenged and inspired by our amazing dance staff,” Tucker said.

Instructors are bringing plenty of accolades to the camp. Tucker has choreographed, produced and performed shows with Royal Caribbean Productions, and she has been a principal dancer with the Colorado Jazz Dance Company and the River North Chicago Dance Company.

Casie Goshow is a hip-hop specialist who earned a spot as a Las Vegas finalist in the Fox hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” She has danced with KRS-One, Snoop Dogg, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and more.

Joanna Stone majored in dance at University of Texas at Austin and has worked with a number of professional contemporary dance companies.

Campers also participate in outdoor activities and learn self-confidence.

“Girls today are constantly bombarded with subtle, destructive messages telling them to be skinny, wear makeup, dress for boys – telling them that their value is not in who they are and how they treat others, but in how they look and how popular they are,” Whitfield said. “At ADTC, we strive to break through this negativity by offering a supportive, noncompetitive environment where girls can feel safe to let go and be their true selves. We encourage our campers to recognize their own unique potential, to celebrate their differences and to never let anyone tell them differently.”

– Kimberly Nicoletti

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