From June 15 – July 30, MAA will offer virtual classes and three-day camps. While MAA acknowledges that in-person classes are ideal, we have worked hard to improve the format and delivery of online content to connect with the students and families that we serve.
Virtual Three-Day Camps
These camps have a longer 90-minute, three-day format that includes yoga, ballet technique, story time or dance history and learning a dance or a simplified version of one of ballet variations. Families will be sent detailed instructions on space set up, links to books, music and video to support the week’s curriculum. The dancer will receive a camp box with materials (books, coloring pages) to support her three days of work and fun.
- Camps Meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
- Tuition is $150
- Camps are limited to 8 students, 4 students are required to make a camp
Dance a Story (ages 5-7)
Three weeks of this camp are offered through the summer session with nine great books that talk about dance. Each camp day starts with movement which is followed by story time and learning short dances.
Session I: June 16, 17 & 18: Dancing Class by Lucy Dickens, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees and Rhinoceros Tap by Sandra Boynton
Session II: July 7, 8, 9: Tallulah’s Tutu by Maryland Singer and Alexandra Boiger, Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman and Stephen Gammell and Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two by Patricia Lee Gauch and Satomi Ichikawa
Session III: July 21, 22, 23: Angelina Ballerina, Angelina Star of the Show and Angelina at the Palace, all by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig.
Great Story Ballets (ages 8+)
Three sessions of this format are offered through the summer. Each session focuses on a story ballet and/or a period of time in ballet history. The session includes yoga, ballet technique, dance history discussion and a simplified versions of iconic dances from the ballets. The same book, A Children’s Introduction to Ballet, will be used for all three sessions. A discount of $20 will be applied for second and third sessions by the same family.
Session I: June 23, 24, 25: The Sleeping Beauty – First performed in 1890 this story ballet is still performed with much of the original choreography. It is a delightful place to start the study of the great story ballets with a grand cast of characters: fairies, an evil witch and a beautiful princess.
Session II: July 14, 15 & 16: Swans, Sylphs and Puppets – This camp pulls together three ballets by Micheal Folkine: The Dying Swan (1905), Les Sylpihides (1909), and Petrouchka (1911). These important ballets are from a time when ballet was spread throughout the globe via the travels of the Ballet Russes.
Session III: July 28, 29 & 30: Peter and the Wolf – A wonderful piece of music and a great story for children. The music was composed specifically for young musicians in Russia by Sergei Prokofiev and the first ballet production was presented by American Ballet Theater in 1940. The camp will use the 1955 version of the ballet by Mathew Hart for the weeks inspiration.